Western Animation: George of the Jungle
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 mythos. Square-jawed, 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.
Super Chicken 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)
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 bizarre and dangerous racing events. He's assisted by his girlfriend, Marigold, and his elderly mechanic, Gertie Growler.
The classic series provides examples of:
- Actually a Doombot: One episode of the Super Chicken segment started with Villain of the Week, 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.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Shep, the elephant.
- An Ape Named Ape
- Catch Phrase:
- 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."
- Once per Episode, 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).
- Damsel in Distress/Bound and Gagged: Ursula in at least three episodes. Since Ursula is an expy of Jane Porter, well...
- Does Not Like Shoes: George and Ursula.
- The Dog Bites Back: 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.
- Evil Brit: One of George's nemeses ("Tiger" Titherage), sounds (and looks) like Terry-Thomas.
- Flat Joy: A running gag from the "Tom Slick" interstial shorts:Announcer: And the crowd goes wild!
- Hulk Speak: George, being a Tarzan expy, after all.
- I Am Very British: The District Commissioner; also Tiger Titherage.
- Idiot Hero: George.
- Jungle Princess: Ursula.
- Kitchen Sink Included: 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."
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: George has a large chin.
- Malaproper: Once again, George.
- Monumental Theft: 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.
- Talk Like a Pirate: One of George's nemeses ("Weevil" Plumtree) talks just like Robert Newton.
- Title Theme Tune
- Vine Swing: George's usual shtick, usually resulting in...
- Watch Out for That Tree!: 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 Trope Namer.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: 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:
- Adaptation Name Change: Ursula's last name is Scott in this series.
- Ambiguously Brown: Ursula. By the sound of her dad's accent, she could be Latina.
- Bad Liar: Magnolia in an episode where she's trying to stall George, even denying she knows who Ursula is.
- Balloon Belly: George, Ape, Ursula, Magnolia, and Tookie Wookie, in episode 13.
- Bare Your Midriff: Ursula and Magnolia.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: George's cousin Larry of the Jungle. Though he's not evil, just arrogant and really eager to win.
- The Cameo: Bullwinkle, as a head trophy, winks.
- Canon Foreigner: Magnolia, Ursula's dad, the Witch Doctor and Mitch.
- Carnivore Confusion
- Charles Atlas Superpower: George and Magnolia.
- Cheaters Never Prosper
- The Chosen One: George, several times in "Brother George".
- Couch Gag: 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.
- Decomposite Character: The original Ursula is split into Ursula (a brown-skinned city girl) and Magnolia (a redhead jungle girl).
- Does Not Like Shoes: George and Magnolia. Though George was seen wearing shoes in a couple of episodes. Magnolia's into fashion, especially shoes, yet she's always barefoot.
- A flashback showed that she may have worn shoes.
- Dumb Blonde: Ursula's cousins Stan and Carena.
- Expy: Magnolia is one of the original Ursula, oddly enough.
- Fiery Redhead: Magnolia.
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted
- Funny Afro: Magnolia's hair frizzes out into a huge one on hot days.
- Green Eyes: Ursula.
- Human Pet: In "Spoiled King" Magnolia wants to be a willing one to Stan and Carena, but they pick George instead.
- Idiot Hero: George.
- Innocently Insensitive: 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.
- Insult Backfire: 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.
- Intellectual Animal: Ape.
- Involuntary Dance: Mitch's bongos cause this to Ape.
- Jerkass: Big Mitch
- Jungle Princess: Magnolia.
- Lampshade Hanging: In "My Own Private Hero", Ape noticed that George seemed articulate when he was a baby.
- Literal-Minded: Magnolia.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: The fathers of both Ursula and Magnolia are mad scientists (well, in the case of the latter, a mad witch doctor).
- Magic Skirt: Magnolia wears one.
- Misplaced Vegetation
- Misplaced Wildlife: There are orangutans, rabbits, squirrels, sloths, beavers, New World monkeys, and the Loch Ness Monster in Africa, too.
- And panda bears.
- Mythology Gag: In an episode where George believed he laid an egg, George imagines what 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".
- Nothing Is Scarier: In "Afraid of Nothing", George becomes literally afraid of nothing.
- Race Lift: Ursula (from redhead to Spicy Latina).
- Ship Tease: George with both Ursula and Magnolia.
- Shout-Out: "Oh great, a mocking turtle."
- "George Lays an Egg" has one to Horton Hears a Who! 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.
- Temple of Doom
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ursula and Magnolia.
- Valley Girl: Magnolia
- Watch Where You're Going!: Ursula and Magnolia run right into each other while fleeing from traps in the episode "Found Temple of Doom". George must be rubbing off on them, however, because they both shrug it off.
- Whole Episode Flashback: "George Lays an Egg" is revealed to be one in the end. The egg was really a baby Tookie Tookie and George had been telling the story.
- Youthful Freckles: Magnolia and Chuck.
The 2015 series provides examples of:(Make note that Magnolia and Ursula's names have been switched for this series)
- Annoying Laugh: Ursula has a snort laugh.
- The Chew Toy: Magnolia.
- Extreme Omnivore: Ursula eats both animals and people.
- Raised by Wolves: Ursula.
- Retcon: George is a Top-Heavy Guy like the original George, Ape has a British accent like the original Ape, Magnolia and Ursula's names have been switched, Ursula (previously named Magnolia) is a feral wild woman, the scientist and the witch doctor are no longer the girls' dads, and the scientist is now a villain.
- Telephone Teleport: In one episode Ursula shoves a bunch of lemmings into a fax machine so they'll attack Magnolia's boss on the other end.
- Token Evil Team Mate: Ursula.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ursula, who was called Magnolia in the previous series.