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->''"WatchOutForThatTree!"''

A series from the [[TheSixties 1960s]], which spawned a [[Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle movie adaptation]]. Produced by JayWard of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' fame (the series, not the movie). ''George of the Jungle'' was an AnimatedAnthology, combining the ''George of the Jungle'' cartoons with ''Super Chicken'' and ''Tom Slick''.

All three segments were full of the PostModernism, NoFourthWall, and satire that characterized Jay Ward's work. This series lasted only 17 episodes (1967), but has been rerun on various TV stations almost continuously for just over 40 years and has also earned a complete-series DVD release.
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The ''George of the Jungle'' cartoons were [[AffectionateParody a send-up]] of the ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' mythos. [[LanternJawOfJustice Square-jawed]], dim-witted George was the king of the jungle. Almost every time he tried to [[VineSwing swing to the rescue]] through the trees, he'd crash into one, usually while someone else was warning him, "Watch out for that..." '''[[OffscreenCrash WHAM!]]''' "...tree!". Not that unrealistic when you're swinging on a vine ''attached'' to said tree.

His wife, Ursula, was necessarily smarter and more refined. George would often refer to Ursula as a "fella", apparently having trouble with the whole gender thing.

George's elephant, Shep, was thought by George to be a giant dog, and apparently Shep believed it, too. The real brains of the outfit resided in the skull of an ape named Ape. He had an implausible [[BritishAccents Ronald Colman accent]] and was exceptionally well-read.

This cartoon earned a [[Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle feature film]] LiveActionAdaptation in 1997, with Creator/BrendanFraser as George and Leslie Mann as Ursula. There was also a direct-to-video sequel in 2003, which had Christopher Showerman as George and JulieBenz as Ursula. ("[[NoFourthWall Me new George. Studio too cheap to hire Brendan Fraser.]]") A second animated series premiered on Creator/CartoonNetwork in 2008.

Music/WeirdAlYankovic did a cover version of the ''George of the Jungle'' theme on his 1985 album ''Dare to Be Stupid''. The song later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1997 live-action film, along with a new cover by [[Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica The Presidents of the United States of America]].
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''Super Chicken'' was also a {{Superhero}} parody, drawing some inspirations from Franchise/{{Batman}}.

Whenever trouble arose, mild-mannered playboy Henry Cabot Henhouse III would don his "Super Suit", drink a martini glass of "Super Sauce" and become Super Chicken. Along with his sidekick, a dimwitted lion named Fred, Super Chicken would suffer serious injury en route to saving the day. (Eventually)
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''Tom Slick'' was the world's most daring race driver. In his trusty car, the Thunderbolt Grease-Slapper, he competes against the villainous Baron Otto Matic and other colorful characters in a variety of [[WackyRacing bizarre]] and dangerous racing events. He's assisted by his girlfriend, Marigold, and his elderly mechanic, Gertie Growler.

!!The classic series provides examples of:
* ActuallyADoombot: One episode of the ''Super Chicken'' segment started with VillainOfTheWeek, Dr. Gizmo, being taken to prison but it turns out it was a machine. In the end, he tried the trick again but the Super Chicken distracted capturing him was another impostor. The real Dr. Gizmo was captured by the real Super Chicken.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Shep, the elephant.
* [[ADogNamedDog An Ape Named Ape]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Tom Slick's is "There's no such thing as [insert word here] in [insert sport here]."
** Super Chicken's is "You [Fred] knew the job was dangerous when you took it."
** OncePerEpisode, Super Chicken would exclaim "To the Super Coop, Fred!", and Fred would reply, "Roger Wilcox".
** George's Tarzan yell. Which was slightly different depending on what animal he wanted to call (and he never called the right one).
* DamselInDistress[=/=]BoundAndGagged: Ursula in at least three episodes. Since Ursula is an expy of [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} Jane Porter]], well...
* DoesNotLikeShoes: George and Ursula.
* TheDogBitesBack: A mild case in "Tom Slick". One episode featured a racing couple. The wife constantly berated the husband. In the end, he told her to "shut up". She actually started to respect him for it.
* EvilBrit: One of George's nemeses ("Tiger" Titherage), sounds (and looks) like Creator/TerryThomas.
* FlatJoy: A running gag from the "Tom Slick" interstial shorts:
-->'''Announcer:''' And the crowd goes wild!\\
'''Crowd:''' Yay.
* HulkSpeak: George, being a Franchise/{{Tarzan}} {{expy}}, after all.
* IAmVeryBritish: The District Commissioner; also Tiger Titherage.
* IdiotHero: George.
* JunglePrincess: Ursula.
* KitchenSinkIncluded: Dr. Chicago once created an army of plant monsters to loot the area. He commented they took everything except a kitchen sink. Then one falls from a loot bag and he commented, "Spoke too soon."
* LanternJawOfJustice: George has a large chin.
* {{Malaproper}}: Once again, George.
* MonumentalTheft: In one episode of ''Super Chicken'', the villain stole the state of Rhode Island, by towing it out to sea, and hiding it under smog.
* TalkLikeAPirate: One of George's nemeses ("Weevil" Plumtree) talks just like Robert Newton.
* TitleThemeTune
* VineSwing: George's usual shtick, usually resulting in...
* WatchOutForThatTree: A regular happenstance for George whenever he tries to swing from vines in the jungle (or anywhere else). The Theme Song of the show is the TropeNamer.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Few animated series theme songs use words like "schlep" (literally, to drag along or carry something heavy) in their lyrics.

!!The 2008 series provides examples of:
* AdaptationNameChange: Ursula's last name is Scott in this series.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Ursula. By the sound of her dad's accent, she could be Latina.
* BadLiar: Magnolia in an episode where she's trying to stall George, even denying she knows who Ursula is.
* BalloonBelly: George, Ape, Ursula, Magnolia, and Tookie Wookie, in episode 13.
* BareYourMidriff: Ursula and Magnolia.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: George's cousin Larry of the Jungle. Though he's not evil, just arrogant and really eager to win.
* TheCameo: [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle]], as a head trophy, [[AsideGlance winks]].
* CanonForeigner: Magnolia, Ursula's dad, the Witch Doctor and Mitch.
* CarnivoreConfusion
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: George and Magnolia.
* CheatersNeverProsper
* TheChosenOne: George, several times in "Brother George".
* CouchGag: The opening credits begins with "bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum". The fourth "bum" shows a glimpse of an animal (or animals) in weird expression.
* DecompositeCharacter: The original Ursula is split into Ursula (a brown-skinned city girl) and Magnolia (a redhead jungle girl).
* DoesNotLikeShoes: George and Magnolia. Though George was seen wearing shoes in a couple of episodes. Magnolia's into fashion, [[AllWomenLoveShoes especially shoes]], yet she's always barefoot.
** A flashback showed that she may have worn shoes.
* DumbBlonde: Ursula's cousins Stan and Carena.
* {{Expy}}: Magnolia is one of the ''original'' Ursula, oddly enough.
* FieryRedhead: Magnolia.
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted
* FunnyAfro: Magnolia's hair frizzes out into a huge one on hot days.
* GreenEyes: Ursula.
* HumanPet: In "Spoiled King" Magnolia wants to be a willing one to Stan and Carena, but they pick George instead.
* IdiotHero: George.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: In one episode Ursula tries to teach George how to tell people about their flaws without offending them, but ends up unknowingly pissing off Maggie when she demonstrates on her.
* InsultBackfire: In "Lucky Pants", after Tookie Tookie flies away with George's lucky "hat":
-->'''Ape:''' You've really got control of these animals, do you, George?\\
'''George:''' Yes. Thank you for noticing.
* IntellectualAnimal: Ape.
* InvoluntaryDance: Mitch's bongos cause this to Ape.
* {{Jerkass}}: Big Mitch
* JunglePrincess: Magnolia.
* LampshadeHanging: In "My Own Private Hero", Ape noticed that George seemed articulate when he was a baby.
* LiteralMinded: Magnolia.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: The fathers of both Ursula and Magnolia are mad scientists (well, in the case of the latter, a mad witch doctor).
* MagicSkirt: Magnolia wears one.
* MisplacedVegetation
* MisplacedWildlife: There are orangutans, rabbits, squirrels, sloths, beavers, New World monkeys, and the Loch Ness Monster in Africa, too.
** And ''panda bears''.
* MythologyGag: In an episode where George believed he laid an egg, George imagines what [[Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle his son "George Jr."]] will be like.
** In "Trouble With Bananaquats," George refers to Ursula as a guy. In the old cartoon, he often calls his wife Ursula "Fella".
* {{Narrator}}
* NothingIsScarier: In "Afraid of Nothing", George becomes ''literally'' afraid of nothing.
* RaceLift: Ursula (from redhead to SpicyLatina).
* ShipTease: George with both Ursula and Magnolia.
* ShoutOut: "Oh great, a [[Literature/AliceInWonderland mocking turtle]]."
** "George Lays an Egg" has one to Literature/HortonHearsAWho where George accidentally loses the egg in a field of eggs and has to find it similar to how Horton loses the clover with the Whos on it in a field of clovers and has to go through the trouble of finding it.
* TempleOfDoom
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ursula and Magnolia.
* ValleyGirl: Magnolia
* WatchWhereYoureGoing: Ursula and Magnolia run right into each other while fleeing from traps in the episode "Found Temple of Doom". [[MadeOfIron George must be rubbing off on them, however, because they both shrug it off.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "George Lays an Egg" is revealed to be one in the end. [[spoiler:The egg was really a baby Tookie Tookie]] and George had been telling the story.
* YouthfulFreckles: Magnolia and Chuck.
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