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The 1967 series provides examples of:

  • Genius Bonus: Chuck the Rain Spirit is a reference to Chaac the Mayan Rain God.
  • Talking to Himself: Bill Scott voices George, Tom Slick and Super Chicken. They all talk to one another in a "scenes from next week" segment on the original show.
    George: (to us) Stay tuned for scenes from next week's show starring Tom Slick (fanfare), Super Chicken (fanfare) and George of Bungle! (Tom and Super Chicken do a take)
    Tom: That's "jungle," George.
    Super Chicken: I think he was right the first time!
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  • Trope Namer: For Watch Out for That Tree!, of course.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Ursula was originally named Jane in the unaired pilot and early scripts, but ABC executives ordered it changed to avoid a lawsuit from the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The staff named Ursula after actress Ursula Andress.
  • The Wiki Rule: George of the Jungle Wiki

The Disney live action films provide examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: According to the original script notes, Ursula is 25 years old and George is 27 in the 1997 film.
  • California Doubling:
    • In the first film, the majority of the jungle scenes were shot on an indoor set in California. On-location filming used Hawaii for additional jungle scenes and San Francisco as itself.
    • The sequel was shot in Australia, with the real San Francisco only appearing in Stock Footage.
  • Casting Gag: One of Ursula's friends fawning over George at the engagement party is played by Afton Smith, Brendan Fraser's wife at the time.
  • Deleted Scene: Some scenes were cut from the film, including:
    • George having to save Ursula from a quicksand pit
    • At the mall, George starts swinging around the store and goes on an adventure with Beatrice's dog
    • Lyle returning from the African jail and arriving at the engagement party, completely bald and with an eyepatch
      • Lyle's monologue about his escape was then reworked for a scene for the sequel, which was cut as well.
    • George and Ursula reflecting about the city at a fountain, paying off the "What mean embarrassed?" scene from earlier
    • Ursula is seen rushing to Betsy's car with her luggage after she realizes she loves George. This is scene actually appears in the TBS and Cartoon Network airings of the film.
  • Direct-to-Video: George of the Jungle 2 was released for VHS and DVD.
  • Revised Ending:
    • An early script draft sets the climactic battle with Max, Thor and Lyle on a rope bridge.
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    • Some of the tie-in storybooks detail an alternate climax, where Lyle, Ursula and George float down the river on giant lily pads, eventually going through an ape mall complex hidden within the mountain. After George rescues Ursula, Lyle ends up going over a waterfall.
  • The Other Darrin: The sequel recast the roles of George, Ursula, and Ursula's mother; only Thomas Haden Church (Lyle) and John Cleese (Ape) reprised their roles from the first movie. It is said that Brendan Fraser was offered to come back but was unable to. Naturally, the movie makes fun of this:
    Narrator: Huh? Wait a minute! Who the heck are you?
    George (now played by Christopher Showerman): Me new George. Studio too cheap to pay Brendan Fraser.
  • Joel Hodgson was a script doctor on the first film and helped come up with the Animated Credits Opening and much of Ape's dialogue.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In an earlier script draft, Ursula originally came from Atlanta. This would have lead to a scene where George hijacks an orchestra in the city's bandshell to perform the show's theme. Ursula's reluctance to dancing (established in the "Dela" scene) would've been a recurring plot element that is brought up here.
    • George was originally supposed to save a pair of window washers outside Ursula's apartment. This was later changed to a man jumping from the Bay Bridge, but the authorities were opposed to the image it would present of the bridge, thus this was changed to a parasailer.
    • The scene where Ape teaches George how to attract Ursula was meant to follow the first scene in the treehouse. Additionally, Ursula's vine-swinging lesson was supposed to immediately precede her and Lyle's reunion.
    • Brendan Fraser expressed interest in reprising his role as George for the sequel, but was unable to due to a commitment as DJ Drake in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
    • Disney considered transforming the Magic Kingdom's version of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction into the "George of the Jungle Cruise."
  • The movie initially started out as a spec script from Dana Olsen titled Gorilla Boy, a parody of the Tarzan films. Olsen avoided selling it to Disney, who had the film rights to George of the Jungle, but they bought it anyway and adapted Olsen's script to fit the characters and Jay Ward-style.

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