''George of the Jungle'' is a 1997 live-action comedy based on the [[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle cartoon series of the same name]], starring Creator/BrendanFraser as George and Leslie Mann as Ursula.

We learn in the AnimatedCreditsOpening that George (Fraser) survived a plane crash in the heart of Africa, but was sadly unfound by the survivors and rescue crew. Here, he grows into a man who rules the jungle. An heiress named Ursula Stanhope (Mann) explores the area with her snooty fiance, Lyle (Thomas Haden Church), who abandons her when a lion attacks them. George swoops in to save Ursula, and takes care of her while Lyle and a couple of poachers (in search of the mythical "White Ape", which is George) try to find her. George and Ursula eventually fall in love with each other, and they go back to San Francisco for the requisite FishOutOfWater plot. George and Ursula have to deal with the treacherous Lyle and Ursula's disapproving, meddling mother in order to stay together and live happily ever after.

Completely light-hearted, with a narrator who delights in the fact there's NoFourthWall and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] [[BetterThanABareBulb just about everything,]] ''George of the Jungle'' was a box-office success and relatively well-received with critics. In 2003 it got a DirectToVideo sequel, which had Christopher Showerman as George and Creator/JulieBenz as Ursula. ("[[NoFourthWall Me new George.]] [[BitingTheHandHumor Studio too cheap]] [[SelfDeprecation to pay Brendan Fraser]].")

!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: Ursula, who was a redhead in the original cartoon, is blonde in the movie.
* ADogNamedDog: George's mentor, an ape named Ape.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Ursula kicks Lyle in the shins to escape and he hops around for a bit before grabbing her again.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Shep, George's pet elephant acts as if he was a dog.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Discussed in a scene, when at a party, the girls are all [[InnocentFanserviceBoy watching George frolicking with the horses]], when one of the male guests (who, of course, has [[MrFanservice no idea who George is]]) comments "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint What is it with girls and horses, anyway?]]"
** HilariousInHindsight when one of the women comments that she wished that she could find a man like George. The woman is played by Brendan Fraser's then-real life wife, Afton Smith.
* AmusingInjuries: As the narrator explains, in this film nobody dies, but they will "get big boo-boos". George [[WatchOutForThatTree smashing into trees]] is particularly a RunningGag.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-3jQwbDi0 Good one, too.]]
* ArgumentOfContradictions: Of the "Did not!" "Did too!" variety, between Thor and ''[[InteractiveNarrator the narrator]]''.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: George claims to hit a lion with a "flying piledriver," when what he actually does is an elbow drop.
* AssShove: Thor winds up with Tookie-Tookie's beak embedded in his ass during their fight with George. Or, as George puts it, "Fella got toucan on can!"
* BabiesEverAfter: The film ends with first a scene of George and Ursula's baby showing he's inherited his dad's clumsiness by walking into a low hanging bar, and then proceeds to parody ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* BareYourMidriff: Ursula's attire when she starts living in the jungle.
* BetterThanABareBulb: One of the film's main quirks is ''lampshading everything''.
* BeautifulDreamer: George enacts this with Ursula a couple of times in the first movie.
* BigBad: Lyle in both films.
* BigDamnKiss: George and Ursula have theirs at the film's end. Doubles as George's FirstKiss (from a human, according to the narrator)
** Taken UpToEleven in the sequel, where George restores Ursula's memory with one, shifting the background to church bells, fireworks, a rocket launch and flowers blooming. Also counts as a CallBack, as earlier in the film, Ursula claims she'd hear the first two when she kisses the man she loves.
* BigNo: Lyle when he finds out [[spoiler: that a female gorilla has taken Ursula's place at the end for a marriage proposal]].
* BigThinShortTrio: N'Dugo, Kip, and Baleto, the porters.
* BilingualBackfire: One of the guides makes it very clear that the other guides only speak Swahili. Until it eventually comes to light that they do know English enough to understand him, they just don't speak it unless they want to be understood.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Regarding the sequel.
* BorrowedCatchphrase:
-->'''Narrator:''' [Ape is] hoping to hear the jungle king's awesome-- ''(Does the Tarzan yell... in George's voice, no less.)'' Hey, I'm pretty good at that...
* BridalCarry: Played straight when George carries an unconscious Ursula to bed in the first movie. Subverted in the sequel where George is about to carry Ursula out the window, but knocks her out on the wall when turning around momentarily.
* BrideAndSwitch: At the climax, Lyle tries to forcibly marry Ursula when they enter a dark tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel he learns that [[spoiler: he actually married an amorous gorilla instead.]]
* BulletSeed: Shep the elephant + [[AbnormalAmmo Coconuts]] = most unusual artillery cannon ever.
* ButtMonkey: Lyle. Even his buddies think he's a buffoon when he [unsuccessfully] attempts to portray himself as a charismatic genius.
* CallBack: The sequel directly re-enacts scenes, jokes and other elements from the first movie. All while Lampshading them, of course.
* CannotSpitItOut: In the sequel, they don't bother hypnotising Junior into believing Lyle is his dad, yet it takes him nearly the whole movie to tell his mother the truth.
* CatchPhrase: "George just lucky, I guess."
* CaveBehindTheFalls: George attempts to [[HulkSpeak "make Ursula George's mate"]] (with a gorilla courtship display, get your minds out of the gutter) in one of these, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the [[LemonyNarrator narrator]] as the [[NoFourthWall "really big and expensive waterfall set."]]
* ChekhovsSkill: George teaches Ursula how to vine swing while in the jungle, and later in making a jungle call in the city. She uses both when she arrives to help George in the battle with Max and Thor.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ursula's father makes no appearance in the sequel, implying her parents have since divorced or separated.
* ChurchOfHappyology: After getting out of jail Lyle becomes a priest of one of these.
* ConcussionsGetYouHigh: Happens to George, Ursula and others in both films
* CoolOldGuy: Ursula's father who takes a shining to George and encourages Ursula to follow her heart.
* ContinuityNod: The sequel is packed with them, most notably the scene where George and his family are shipped to Africa in a very large crate, thanks to "a tip from Brendan Fraser."
* ContrivedCoincidence: When Ursula's mother accidentally sees her and George walking down the street, the narrator lampshades it: "Every story gets to have a really big coincidence and here's ours..."
* CurseCutShort: When Thor picks a fight with the narrator:
-->'''Thor''': Why don't you say something constructive for a change, like what we should do now?\\
'''Narrator''': Because I don't like you!\\
'''Thor''': Well, I hate you, you snotty son of a--\\
'''Narrator''': I'll pretend I didn't hear that.\\
'''Max''': Thor! Were you ''fighting'' with the ''narrator''?
* DanceOfRomance: George and Ursula begin to bond romantically as they dance around a campfire to "Dela" by Johnny Clegg.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: A gender inversion - Ursula's mother is very disapproving of Ursula dropping out of her engagement to Lyle in favor of a relationship with George. Her father is much more open-minded about it.
* DeadlyPrank: N'Dugo, Kip and Baleto try to play one on Lyle by replacing his gun-shaped lighter with an actual gun. It turns out badly [[spoiler:for George.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Ape named Ape. It helps tremendously that he's voiced by Creator/JohnCleese, and [[HamAndCheese steals the show numerous times]]. Like everything else in the movie it's also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded, sometimes by Ape himself!]]
** Ursula's father spends most of the movie as the quiet, sensible parent who supports his daughter's life choices. Near the end of the film, he shows he's finally losing patience with his wife.
--> "God, that woman's a pain in the ass."
* DirtyCoward: Lyle runs away when a lion advances on him and Ursula. Ursula later calls him out on this, but he just waves it off.
* DisposableFiance: Lyle is a huge {{jerkass}} and Ursula clearly wants to get away from him in their first scene. She very quickly forgets about him after meeting George and isn't happy when Lyle turns up again - granted, anyone would be sour after being abandoned with a lion.
* DisneyDeath: The film plays the trope straight, [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it, and takes it to a blatantly over-the-top extreme bordering on NighInvulnerability. In one of the first scenes, for example, one of the guides falls at least 400 meters from a RopeBridge over a cliff, at which point the {{Narrator}} reassures the audience:
-->'''Narrator''': Don't worry -- nobody dies in this story. They just get really big boo-boos."
-->*GilliganCut to the battered, bandaged, alive-but-very-much-ticked-off guide*
-->'''Narrator''': What did I tell you?
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Inverted with George. He tends to go barefoot in the jungle, but for a cross-country running montage, he pulls out a pair of [[ProductPlacement Nike Airs]]. Averted with Ursula, who (unlike her animated counterpart and most Jane Porter-type women) is only barefoot on two occasions in the movies and wears boots and sandals instead.
* DoesHeHaveABrother: Ursula's friend Betsy asks this of George, who brings up his "brother", Ape.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ursula's mother's attitude towards George is more than a little reminiscent of parents who oppose interracial dating. The fact that she disdainfully calls George an ape just adds to it.
** She even uses a "stripes and spots" analogy later on.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Only [[https://youtu.be/wqNJp-S6gCA?t=2m54s this time]], explaining the joke ''is'' the joke.
-->'''Guide 1''': (''[[NoFourthWall to the camera]]'') Bad guy falls in [[ToiletHumor poop]]: ''[[LampshadeHanging Classic]]'' element of [[{{Slapstick}} physical comedy]]! [[ThisIsThePartWhere Now comes the part where]] we throw our heads back and laugh. Ready?
-->'''Other guides''': Ready!
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: George licks Ursula's cheek after she faints.
* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: See FunWithSubtitles below.
* EngineeredHeroics: When Little Monkey complains that he's unpopular with the other monkeys, George sets up a scene where a lion pretends to attack the monkeys, and Little Monkey fends it off with a PrimalChestPound.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: George spins a lion on his finger like a basketball early in the first movie, then sends Thor into a wild spin with a wind-up punch late in the movie.
* FadeToWhite: When George is shot.
* FastForwardMechanic: Non-Video Game Example.
-->'''Narrator''': The young Miss Stanhope proceeded to spill the beans...\\
'''Ursula''': So, anyway, I went to the jungle-- ''(suddenly starts speaking and acting rapidly)''\\
'''Narrator''': ...Very quickly...
* FemaleGaze: Taken up to eleven. George may be the title character, but it's Ursula who gets the bulk of the character development, and whose actions drive the plot. George, on the other hand, is mostly there to be her love interest. He's also sweet, soulful, courageous, in touch with his emotions, and spends most of the movie running around in nothing but a loincloth.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries
* FishOutOfWater: The movie's second act follows George back to Ursula's urban home and depicts his awkward and oftentime [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] isolation and attempts to fit in.
* FreudianThreat: Beatrice threatens "to remove George's reason for wearing a loincloth" unless he leaves Ursula.
* FunWithForeignLanguages:
-->'''Lyle''': ''(about the guides)'' They're probably saying I'm the biggest jerk they've ever seen in their lives. Probably trying to think of something evil to do to me.
-->'''First guide''': ''(in Swahili, subtitles)'' That guy's the biggest jerk I've seen in my life.
-->'''Second guide''': ''(in Swahili)'' Let's think of something evil to do to him.
** When Lyle tries to explain why he didn't save Ursula:
-->'''Lyle''': The important thing, Kwame, is that I was outnumbered.
-->'''Guide''': ''(in Swahili)'' It's easy to be outnumbered when you're a zero.
-->'''Lyle''': Absolutely!
* FunWithSubtitles: When George is speaking "gorilla" to his ape friends. George [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue sounds incredibly stupid in English]], but apparently he speaks Gorilla like a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] scholar, complete with an ornamental calligraphy-style font for the subtitles.
** Near the climax of the film everything Lyle's henchmen (Gunner, Gunter, Hans, Jans, [[OddNameOut and Phil]]) say is subtitled, even though they're speaking perfect English.
** Lyle trying to speak Swahili and failing miserably. See MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels, below.
* GoingNative: Ursula. The movie novelization goes into more detail about why she prefers the jungle over the city, the movie making it only seem like it's for George.
* GroinAttack: A number of them occur in the first film.
* HammeredIntoTheGround: How Rocky the Kangaroo subdues Sally and Kowalski in the sequel.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Innocent Fanservice Boy]] George has this scene with Ursula grabbing things for him to cover up with. It does spur an amusing comment from Ursula's friend Betsy: "...[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar see why they made him King of the Jungle]]..."
* HardHead: In the sequel:
-->'''George''': George lucky man. He has Junior, and Ursula ''(coconut falls on his head, unfazed)''...and really strong head.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: in the first movie;
-->'''Narrator''': Later, in the Men's Department, after discovering his long lost brothers, the jungle king was pleased to find he looked pretty good in Armani.\\
'''George''': Pretty darn good!
* HulkSpeak: George.
* HumanMail: George ships himself from San Francisco to the jungle via UPS.
--> "Next time, George get bigger box."
** And in the sequel he ''does'' get a bigger box! Big enough to hold him, ''along with Ape, Ursula, Junior, and Rocky!''
-->'''Narrator''': After getting a tip from Brendan Fraser, who was cramped during the first pic, this time, George managed to get an even bigger crate.
* IChooseToStay: Ursula decides to stay in the jungle with George, rather than George staying in the city with her.
* IfIWantedXIWouldY
-->'''Thor:''' You dragged me all the way up here to look at some guy in a leopard-skin bikini. If I wanted to see that, I could have stayed in Miami.
* ImagineSpot: Done by - who else? - the narrator:
-->'''Narrator:''' Ursula Stanhope went inside to break the news to her parents, who took it extremely well.\\
'''Ursula:''' Mother, Daddy, I love you both very much. I have something very important to tell you... and I hope you'll understand. I don't want to marry Lyle any more.\\
'''Ursula's parents, smiling, in unison:''' We understand, dear.\\
''(Ursula sighs in relief and smiles brightly)''\\
'''Narrator:''' Juuuust kidding!\\
'''Ursula's mother:''' [[BigNo AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!]] ''([[SlowMotionDrop drops wine glass]])''
* ImmortalHero / PlotArmor: Lampshaded by the narrator:
-->"Poor George was really shot, but can't die, because let's face it, he's the hero!"
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: George is one of the most friendly and downright likable protagonists ever put on film. Just [[BewareTheNiceOnes don't threaten his loved ones.]]
* InflationaryDialogue:
-->'''Guide''': So in this version, there are two lions with the white ape? A minute ago, there was only one.\\
'''Lyle''': Hey, the important thing, Kwame, is that I was outnumbered.
* InnocentFanserviceBoy: George complains about the shower, saying that the "waterfall" is too hot and he slipped on a "strange slippery rock"... while nude, in front of the heroine and her best friend.
* IntellectualAnimal: Ape. Voiced by Creator/JohnCleese to make it even funnier.
* InteractiveNarrator: The narrator is an active and slightly malignant force. At one point, Thor (a {{Mook}}) picks a fight with him over his insulting description, to which the narrator responds by rewinding the movie just to taunt him. (The mook's comrade then asks, "Thor, were you fighting with the ''narrator''?")
-->'''Thor:''' Well, he started it.
** In the sequel, Lyle gets into an argument with him during the climax. [[spoiler:The infuriated narrator calmly reaches down and plucks him off to the sky while the heroes stare in complete bemusement.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** It's not rather surprising that Ursula eventually decides that she doesn't want to marry Lyle anymore. First he gatecrashes Ursula's trek through Africa and tries to drag her back home, even when it's clear that she's enjoying herself there and doesn't want to leave. Then he nearly kills one of the group's porters, and has the nerve to [[NeverMyFault blame the porter's "inexperience" for it]]. ''Then'' he treats the porters as if they barely understand the modern world (referring to a lighter and camera as "magic fire" and a "magic picture", respectively). '''Then''' he drags Ursula into the jungle so that they can find a white ape and therefore leave, gets both of them lost, [[DirtyCoward and ditches Ursula when they encounter a lion]]. And the next time he sees her, [[BlatantLies he claims that he was fighting the lion the whole time]], and that she's just too scared to remember this. And this is just the first act.
*** Heck, even Lyle pretty much hit the nail on his own head when he thinks the guides are saying that he's the biggest jerk they've ever seen in their lives. Which to be precise, he really is.
** Ursula's mother's not so nice, either. She is completely insistent that Ursula marry Lyle, even when Ursula adamantly refuses, and even after Ursula lays out everything Lyle did (see above). Ursula's mother even tells George that Ursula couldn't really love him and that they're from two different worlds, and that he should just go home, or else [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon she'll remove his reason for wearing a loincloth]]. Although her schemes ultimately fail, she ends up as a KarmaHoudini in the first movie.
*** The second movie has her continue to try and pair Ursula up with Lyle, even though, by this time, Ursula's already married to George--''and has a son!''! [[spoiler:She finally gets her comeuppance this time, though.]]
* JungleDrums of course. They're Bongo-grams.
* TheKlutz: George.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Done twice in the same sentence.
--> '''Narrator''': Kwame and his men were getting dangerously close... to [[AssShove shoving a coconut up Lyle's]]... sleeping bag.
* LemonyNarrator: Revealed at the end of the film to be [[spoiler: an Ape named Ape]].
* LiveActionAdaptation
* ALizardNamedLiz: Tookie Tookie Bird is a toucan in this adaptation.
* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle: As George fights with Max and Thor, he is literally punched out of his sneakers.
* LoveEpiphany: Beatrice mentions Ursula's feelings for George to her and using the word "love" solidifies Ursula's realization of her feelings.
* ManChild: George, largely due to having been raised in the jungle by apes.
* MilesGloriosus: Lyle towards Ursula when he finally reunites with her after the lion incident.
--> *''Lyle begins creepily embracing and kissing Ursula''*
--> '''Ursula''': Lyle, don't get all smoochy and disgusting with me. I remember what you did to me when that lion came.
--> '''Lyle''': What are you talking about? [[BlatantLies I was fighting the lion the whole time.]]
* MisplacedWildlife: For some reason, there's an orangutan hanging around in the heart of the African jungle, as well as a toucan, a group of capuchin monkeys, a clearly ''Indian'' elephant and, if we're going to be picky, a lion (lions live in plains and open spaces rather than jungles; so do African elephants, for that matter).
* MonsterShapedMountain: Ape Mountain is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a mountain shaped like an ape's head.
* MrFanservice: Brendan Fraser as George, an {{Adorkable}} but well-toned man in a LoinCloth.
* MustHaveCaffeine: George goes crazy for [[ProductPlacement Chock Full o'Nuts]] coffee while in Ursula's apartment.
--> '''George''': Javajavajavajavajavajavajavajavajavajavajavajavajava!
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Lyle uses a phrasebook to attempt to communicate with his native porters in the African jungle. [[FunWithSubtitles The subtitles supply]], "Pardon me, girls. I know you're feeling pretty hey sailor up here about now. But if you would just let me order a bowl of fried clams, we can all have smallpox in the morning."
* NarrationEcho:
-->'''Narrator''': And they responded with awe.\\
'''Cast''': Awwwww...\\
'''Narrator''': I said awe. A-W-E.\\
'''Cast''': Oooooh...\\
'''Narrator''': That's better.
** A more straight example:
--->'''Narrator''': Ursula was amazed that she was lost in the wilderness with a jungle man.\\
'''Ursula''': Here I am, lost in the wilderness with a jungle man.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe. When Lyle is reintroduced during the sequel, the narrator gleefully reminded him of the time he fell into a pile of elephant poop in the first film. Lyle is less than amused.
* NobodyCanDie: As the narrator reassures the audience - while one of the guides falls 400 feet from a rope bridge over a gorge - nobody dies in the story - "they just get ''really'' big boo-boos."
* NoFourthWall: The narrator gleefully lampshades every plot point and convention, George has a lot of asides to the viewer, and one of the villains in the first movie even take the time to berate the narrator for giving them such a hard time. Taken UpToEleven in the second film, where the narrator [[spoiler:completely gets rid of Lyle by physically reaching in and plucking him out of the movie!]]
* NonSequiturThud: In the original, after getting sent into a crazy spin by a wind up punch, all Thor can let out is a dazed chuckle before toppling like a fallen tree.
** In the sequel, as animals are launching coconuts at impending bulldozers
-->'''George''': George will stand here just as long as George's name is ''(two coconuts fly at his head)''...Herb... ''(falls over)''
* TheObiWannabe: Despite being much more intelligent than George, Ape is this when it comes to giving George love advice. Understandable, since he's of a different species.
* ObliviousAdoption: Until meeting Ursula, George isn't aware that he's a different species or that Ape isn't his biological brother.
* OhCrap: Lyle has this reaction ("Oh, My God!") as the raft he and Ursula are on ends up floating right into river rapids.
* OnlySaneMan: Ursula's father. Unlike her mother, he calmly accepts that Ursula is in love with George and there's nothing that can be done to stop their union. How he deals with his wife is really unknown, but he is something of a DeadpanSnarker noting that she is a pain in the ass.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: Used in both movies by George with Ursula.
* PartingFromConsciousnessWords:
** In the first movie, during Ursula's bouts of unconsciousness following her crash into a tree:
-->'''Ursula''': Mommy, make the monkey stop talking...
-->'''Ursula''': I'm gonna pass out again now. Bye.
** Later, in the sequel:
-->'''Ursula''': Oh, the elephant's wearing New Balance. ''(faints)''
* PlotArmor: At one point George gets shot point-blank by Lyle in an unspecified area which apparently should have killed him - "but can't die because, let's face it, he's the hero."
* PoliceLineup: Parodied when Lyle takes part in a lineup. In normal police lineups, the people hired are meant to have similar physical features to the convicted/accused. Lyle ended up standing next to jungle natives who weren't even the same skin colour as he was and they were of different shapes and sizes.
* PrecisionFStrike: "God, that woman's a pain in the ass."
** Followed immediately by the Narrator saying, in regards to Ape in captivity, "Meanwhile, halfway across the world, another ass was feeling pain..."
* PretenderDiss: Parodying Lloyd Bentsen's famous comment:
-->'''Ursula's mother''': Arthur, I wish you would do something about all these monkeys. I feel like Jane Goodall.
-->'''Ape''': Madam, I knew Jane Goodall and you are no Jane Goodall.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Thor (one of the bad guys) gets into a fight with a narrator: "Why don't you say something constructive for a change, like what we should do now?"
** '''BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE YOU!''' (and eventually invisible punches are thrown into ThoseTwoBadGuys...)
** This ends up defeating Lyle in the second film, where [[spoiler:he pisses the narrator off so much, he plucks him out of the film.]]
* RealityWarper: The Narrator parodies this. He is able to change anything in the story as much as he wants - such as getting rid of Lyle, letting Beatrice and a Zulu guide live, fastforwarding a mook's rant at him, even fastforwarding Ursula's long-winded explanation about why she doesn't want to marry Lyle anymore...
* RescueRomance
* RoadApples: Lyle falls [[{{Squick}} face first]] in fresh elephant dung in one scene.
* RunningGag: ''"Watch out for that--"'' (George slams into something) '' [[ThatsGottaHurt "--ooooh."]] ''
* SexualKarma: Lyle winds up with a (semi-sentient) gorilla... who he'd just exchanged vows with while in a dark cave, thinking it was Ursula.
* ShooOutTheClowns: In the sequel, Ursula (though not a comic relief character) is put to sleep just before to the big fight at the end, waking up just as it ends. This is odd, considering her actually contributing to the fight at the end of the first movie.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Ursula's attraction to George is based mostly around his kind and affectionate personality.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Ursula crashes into two trees in the first movie, and in the sequel, is knocked out by George swinging her against a wall. In a deleted scene from the sequel, George even swings into her, sending her flying.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Ursula remains unconscious during the entire fight in the sequel, waking ''just'' when it ends.
* SlowMotionDrop: Parodied with the Imagine Spot listed above.
* SpoiledSweet: Ursula. Despite being a wealthy heiress who's rich enough to have a man completely treated for being shot in the head, she's a very nice person.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In an early scene, Lyle's decision to cross a dilapidated bridge causes some of his expedition guides to [[NobodyCanDie get really bad boo-boos]]. In the next scene, he's shown to be wary of them and specifically states that they "Must think [he's] the world's biggest jerk" and that they're probably planning to do something evil to him. Camera pans to them speaking in Swahili, and the subtitles reveal they say nearly the exact same thing.
** On the other paw, it is later revealed that the guides speak and understand ''fluent'' English; they understood him saying that, and probably said it to mock him.
* TapOnTheHead: George, and even Ursula, smash into trees and other things in both movies and don't seem to need extensive medical aid afterward.
* ThatsGottaHurt: A couple of examples in reaction to George's crashing into something, or in some cases, in anticipation of the inevitable ensuing crash.
-->''Watch out for that--''
-->''(Ooh) ''tree''!''
* ThirdPersonPerson: George.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "This biggest swing in jungle history. Will hurt very much... But George have to do it." ''Whimper''. The swing is so long that he builds up enough velocity to actually knock [[ImpactSilhouette a George-shaped section of bark]] off the ''other side of the tree''. Ow. Right before impact, he says "This gonna hurt."
* ThisIsMyBoomstick: Parodied. Lyle Van de Groot, rich snob white guy, attempts to impress his native guides by offering them lighters and showing off his camera... even though his guides are clearly familiar with such things. The guides play along for a bit, and then burst out laughing at him, whereupon their translator makes it clear they're not only unimpressed, they know more about cameras than ''he'' does.
-->'''Kwame''': He says that he likes your magic pictures... but he prefers the ''resolution'' of the Leica 35-millimeter transparencies. He also says that your lens is dirty, but he has the equipment to clean it for you.
** Going the other direction, Lyle later attempts to scare George off with a lighter shaped like a handgun. George, having never seen any kind of gun before, keeps charging. Then it turns out the gun is real.[[note]] Just several minutes before that, during the elephant dung incident, one of the guides actually tossed Lyle the real gun and he was about to light up his cigar with it, unaware that the "lighter" is his actual gun. The IJustShotMarvinInTheFace trope, however, quickly became averted when the group heard Ursula laughing in the distance, signifying that they just stumbled near George's treehouse.[[/note]]
* UptownGirl: Ursula comes from a very wealthy family and ditches her high-status finance for a jungle man.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Max and Thor.
* ToyotaTripwire: George obliviously sticking his head out of a car window and smacking it on a van door.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: During George's fight with Max and Thor to save Ape, George is losing... until Ape tells him to forget about fighting fair. Cue GroinAttack.
* VineSwing: Done a lot, including "the Biggest Swing in Jungle History".
* VivaLasVegas
** The CreditsGag for the first film reveals the apes got a show at the UsefulNotes/LasVegas Strip.
** Its also a bit of the setting in the second movie.
* WakingUpElsewhere: Ursula in both movies.
* WatchOutForThatTree: Of course. And George is not only one to crash into them!
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Ape reads a book on "human courtship rituals" to help George (''Coffee, Tea or Me'', a real-life book about two lusty young fictional stewardesses) and suggests the line "What's a nice girl like you doing in a plane like this?"
* WorldsShortestBook: Ape, talking about "George's Secrets". Provides the page quote.
* YouNoTakeCandle: George of course, what after being raised in the jungle and left unfounded by the survivors.