Western Animation: George of the Jungle
A series from the 1960s
, which spawned a movie adaptation
. Produced by Jay Ward
of Rocky and Bullwinkle
fame (the series, not the movie). George of the Jungle
was an Animated Anthology
, combining the George of the Jungle
cartoons with Super Chicken
and Tom Slick
All three segments were full of the Post Modernism
, No Fourth Wall
, 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.
The George of the Jungle
cartoons were a send-up
of the Tarzan
, dim-witted George was the king of the jungle. Almost every time he tried to swing to the rescue
through the trees, he'd crash into one, usually while someone else was warning him, "Watch out for that..." 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 Ronald Colman accent
and was exceptionally well-read.
This cartoon earned a feature film Live-Action Adaptation
in 1997, with Brendan Fraser
as George and Leslie Mann as Ursula. There was also a direct-to-video sequel in 2003, which had Christopher Showerman as George and Julie Benz
as Ursula. ("Me new George. Studio too cheap to hire Brendan Fraser.
") A second animated series premiered on Cartoon Network
in 2008."Weird Al" Yankovic
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 The Presidents of the United States of America
was also a Superhero
parody, drawing some inspirations from 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)
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 bizarre
and dangerous racing events. He's assisted by his girlfriend, Marigold, and his elderly mechanic, Gertie Growler.
The classic series provides examples of:
The 2008 series provides examples of: