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 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!
    Crowd: Yay.
  • 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.
    • Tom Slick's chin is pretty impressive too, though a bit smaller than George's.
  • 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:

The 2015 series provides examples of:

(Make note that Magnolia and Ursula's names have been switched for this series)
  • Absentee Actor: Magnolia is absent in about a quarter of the episodes and Ursula is absent in about a third of them.
  • Almost Kiss: George and Ursula, for example,
    • On "Nature's Call," After Ursula destroyed the dam, she and George are arguing. When those two are having a stare down, it looked like they are about to kiss then Ape break those two away in order for those two to get along.
    • On "Lovecano", after she scared away the nemesis of her and George, Dr. Chicago, Ursula glares at George and when she growls, he talks. It kinda looks like they both are going to kiss.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Defied with the jerko lemmings, which instead of jumping off cliffs, throw other creatures off them.
  • Annoying Laugh: Ursula has a snort laugh.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In "The Flavour of Science" after eating a bunch of grubs, Magnolia starts turning into one.
  • Balloon Belly: In "The Flavour of Science" Magnolia gets one after eating a bunch of grubs.
  • Battle Of The Sexes: George and Ursula throughout the whole season, for example, Nature's Call and Excalibanana.
  • Brainless Beauty: Neferata, Queen of the Desert.
  • Brick Joke: In "True Bromance", Ursula's solution to solving George and Ape's broken friendship is to "throw them in volcano". At the end of the episode, Ursula still wants to throw them in a volcano even after the issue is resolved.
  • Call Back: In "Strong as He Can Tree" when Ape questions her techniques in helping George, Magnolia reminds him that he brainwashed George in "Clockwork George".
  • Carnivore Confusion: In "The Flavour of Science" Magnolia can't stop eating grubs that she knows full well are sentient and intelligent.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In "Much Ado About Stuffing" George is turned into a stuffed toy and bought by a fan of the original 60s show.
  • The Chew Toy: Magnolia.
  • Chick Magnet: On the Episode "Cute as Cute Does", Magnolia came to George who looks so cute, and she hugs him. And when she and the rest snapped out of it, she has a tattoo on her belly, with her and George in a heart.
  • Closer to Earth: Ape, with Magnolia coming second by a wide margin.
  • Defying The Censors: In "Nature's Call", during the battle of the sexes challenge, The animals see which outhouse they'll take, after they all get done with the challenge, George's outhouse has more feces than Ursula's.
  • Ditzy Genius: Magnolia. Despite being a scientist, in "Strong as He Can Tree" she says she doesn't know basic math.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In "For Science" when Magnolia's boss Professor Lang says she wants Ursula to brought to the city and made into an attraction, even George knows this is a stupid idea.
    George: Did you no see King Kong?
  • Everyone Has Standards: In "Guess What's Coming to Dinner", even Ursula doesn't want to hurt Ape's feelings by telling him his cooking is terrible. She has no problem with knocking him out with a club and running away, though.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Ursula eats both animals and people.
  • Fantastic Racism: "Shadow of a Dolt" ends with Ape and Magnolia making George seal the portal to the shadow world because their shadow counterparts are weird and creep them out.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "My Georging Jacket" has creatures quite obviously having sex behind censor bars, as well as people licking psychedelic frogs.
  • Harmless Villain: Out of Every villain who are a threat, Weevil is the only villain who is hurt a fly, unlike his 1967 counterpart.
  • Hulk Speak: Now in this season, Ursula speaks in third person aside from George.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In "Kings and Little Ones" Ursula repeatedly tries to eat George and Magnolia
  • It's All About Me: In "Valley of the Magnolias", Magnolia has herself falsely classified as an endangered species so she'll get preferential treatment. To teach her a lesson, Ape subjects her to some Laser-Guided Karma by having her locked in a protective cage.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Magnolia claims to know everything about science because she's a scientist.
  • Lethal Chef: Ape, as revealed in "Guess What's Coming to Dinner".
  • Let's Meet the Meat: In "Meet Meat" George is horrified to discover meat is made from animals, becomes a strict vegetarian and tries to make all the carnivores vegetarians too despite Ape's insistence that animals eating other animals is natural.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Discussed in "Bananium Deficiency".
  • Male Gaze: "Valley of the Magnolias" has a quite a bit of focus on Magnolia's butt.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Dr. Chicago's assistant Cuspid.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: In "Strong as He Can Tree" it's discovered that crashing into trees is the source of George's super strength. Magnolia crashes into several trees and though she doesn't gain any muscle she still has super strength.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about Ursula's past.
  • Negative Continuity: "Meet Meat" ends with George becoming a ghost.
  • No Ontological Inertia: In "Much Ado About Stuffing", when Dr. Chicago's machine is destroyed, everything that got turned into a plushie turns back to normal. Magnolia lampshades it.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: A Running Gag in "Kings and Little Ones".
  • Opening Shout-Out: In "The Insider".
  • Parental Bonus: On Body Politics, George's Body was playing charades with Ape then end it with flipping him the bird.
  • Powerpuff Girl Hands: Cuspid doesn't have hands or feet.
  • Raised by Wolves: Ursula.
  • Real After All: In "Valley of the Magnolias", after escaping her cage Magnolia runs and escapes the wildlife protection agents, only to fall down into the Valley of the Magnolias, which she thought she had made up. But then it turns out she's hallucinating all of this as it cuts to George and Ape finding her lying on the ground with several tranquilizer darts in her butt, talking to herself.
  • The Remnant: In "Guess What's Coming to Dinner" an alien named Carl finds all of Ape's jellies, which his friends threw away instead of telling him they didn't like them, and mistakes them for members of his race. He then mind melds with them, bringing them to life, but when he's suddenly eaten by a lion in the middle of his speech, the jellies are left leaderless and just cause random destruction.
  • Reused Character Design: Dr. Chicago, a villain from the 60s series, has been brought back with Dr. Scott's character design.
  • Same Character, but Different: This series uses the same characters as the 2008 series, except for several differences. 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.
  • Screw Learning, I Have Phlebotinum!: In "The Flavour of Science" Magnolia finds a species of grub that increase her intelligence when she eats them, but it's only temporary and she has to keep eating them and becomes addicted. Unfortunately, eating them has other side effects...
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In "For Science" Magnolia refuses to hand over Ursula, giving up a chance at fame and fortune.
  • Shot in the Ass:
    • George and his friends are destroying the Jelliens on "Guess What's Coming to Dinner" then when the Jelliens revived in multiplication, they shot George in the butt.
    • On "Lovecano," Ursula was fallen into the Cake Trap, and she was eating the cake ferociously and Ape shot her once with tranquilizer darts, and nothing happen and Ape shot her 3 more times but 2 darts in her butt, then she got KO'd.
  • Shout-Out: In "My Georging Jacket", George deflates after accidentally licking a psychedelic frog, referencing an Above the Influence anti-marijuana PSA.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Magnolia and Ursula are subjected to much more slapstick in this series.
  • 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 Teammate: Ursula.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: In "Renaissance Ape", Ape and Dr. Chicago start hanging out in secret and when George and Cuspid ask them where they've been, Ape and Dr. Chicago both give the same excuse; "I was counting trees. You know, one-two-tree." Neither George nor Cuspid buy it.
    George: Wait... Trees can't count...
    Cuspid: Hey... There's more than one-two-tree trees in the jungle... What's going on?
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Ursula, who was called Magnolia in the previous series.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ape gets this in "Clockwork George" after he brainwashes George. Even Ursula calls him out on this.
  • Women Are Wiser: Subverted with Magnolia. She's smarter than George, but Ape is smarter than her.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In "Nature's Call" George was explaining to Ape that Ursula was always interfered in George's Rescue, then when George said she always slap George, he actually slapped Ursula before she punched him in retaliation.