It's been 5 years since socialite Ursula Stanhope left civilization to marry George, lovable and clumsy King of the Jungle. Now father to George Junior, George finds himself stressed at having to juggle his cherished roles of jungle king, Junior's dad, and Ursula's loving husband. George's stress level goes way up when Really Mean Lion challenges him for leadership of the jungle, and Ursula's mother Beatrice teams up with Ursula's ex-fiance Lyle in a plot to forcibly take away all that George holds most dear.Written by
Brendan Fraser says he has no idea why Disney didn't offer him to reprise his role as George. He said he would've loved to do it again, but he made a commitment of performing in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) as DJ Drake/Himself (Live-action) and Tazmanian Devil and Tazmanian She-Devil (Animation), so Christopher Showerman replaced Fraser in the role of George. Concidentally, "Back in Action" has an African setting of its own. See more »
The Narrator was greeted by the Narrator from Disney's Mulan. In reality that movie had no narrator. See more »
[Light shines on George, Ape, and Rocky]
Who are you? Xena, Princess of Vegas?
We'll see how funny you are when you're stuck in our special cage at the Van de Groot Zoo. In case you've forgotten, you still owe us 17 years of employment.
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Towards the end of the credits, the narrator complains about not getting a happy ending. Then, he meets the narrator from Mulan (1998) and they start talking. See more »
This Disney attempt to milk one of their cash cows actually surpasses the original, thanks to some self-parody and a very engaging newcomer in the musclehead title role.
Disney continues to milk success out of their theatrical successes with direct-to-video sequels, a generally annoying practice of theirs, like calling all their cartoons masterpieces and labeling their discs Disney DVD (as if they invented the format!). This live-action cartoon is as good, if not better, than the Brendan Fraser original, mainly because it keeps the satirical humor of the Jay-Ward-cartoon original intact and maintains the production qualities and effects work of the first picture. Unknown Chris Showerman replaces Brendan Fraser and he's up to the task, in spite of the fact that he's at an immediate disadvantage substituting for a recognizable star. It's as lively and humorous as it needs to be and should definitely entertain family elements of all ages as necessary. One more Disney quibble before I close: and that's the pandering, condescending attitude they seem to have for the audience, by labeling their widescreen presentation of the film on DVD as "family friendly", as if filmgoers are nothing but uneducated consumers who might find the black bars on their square TVs offensive and forego the purchase (rental or whatever). Disney just continues to typecast themselves and their audience with their obvious, overt approach to their product!
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