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A 2007 remake of Jay Ward's iconic 1967 cartoon of the same name, George of the Jungle is a Canadian-American cartoon produced between Canada's Studio B Productions and the American Classic Media (now a subsidiary of Dreamworks Animation) in association with Cartoon Network and Teletoon.

In a lot of ways, it's similar to the original show, following the misadventures of everyone's favorite heroic but thick-skulled Tarzan pastiche as he protects the rainforest from various threats with the help of an ape named Ape who is his best bud, his pet elephant Shep who thinks he's a dog, and the Tookie-Tookie Bird. However, Ursula is reimagined from George's shapely wife to the daughter of a scientist who has arrived from civilization to explore the rainforest, and taking on the original Ursula's jungle girl role and appearance is a new character named Magnolia. The show's Lemony Narrator remains ever-present, but joining the cast are now Ursula's scientist father and a diminutive witch doctor known only as Witch Doctor.


This reboot originally ran for a single season of 26 episodes, but after several years in dormancy, the show was suddenly and unexpectedly resurrected in 2015 for a second season for unknown reasons. The new season ran for another 26 episodes and retooled the series significantly, redesigning George to look more like his original self, removing Witch Doctor and Ursula's dad, and completely overhauling Ursula and Magnolia's characters (most notably by switching their names around). This second season (or alternatively, second reboot depending on how you see it) also ran on Teletoon, but aired on Kabillion in the United States instead of CN. Furthermore, it was instead created between Canada's Yowza Animation and Singapore's August Media Holdings, and also featured an entirely new voice cast due to production moving over from Vancouver (where Studio B Productions is located) to Toronto (the home of Yowza Animation).


2007 series provides examples of:

"George of the Jungle (Season 2)" 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 destroys the dam, she and George argue. It appears the two are about to kiss while having a stare down when Ape breaks them apart.
    • On "Lovecano", after she scares away their nemesis Dr. Chicago, Ursula glares at George and growls while he talks. Despite this, they look like they're going to kiss.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Defied with the jerko lemmings, which instead of jumping off cliffs, throw other creatures off them.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In "The Flavour of Science," Magnolia starts turning into a grub after eating several of them.
  • Balloon Belly: In "The Flavour of Science" Magnolia gets a balloon belly after eating grubs.
  • Battle of the Sexes: George and Ursula throughout the whole season, especially in "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 into a volcano". She still wants to do so even after the issue is resolved.
  • Brutal Honesty: In "Heart of Gold" after George is turned evil, he lays some harsh truths on Ape, Magnolia and Ursula.
  • The Caligula: In "The Peel of Fate" it's revealed the Ape Council are a group of these.
  • 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".
  • 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 hugs George because he looks sweet. She ends up with a tattoo on her belly that depicts 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 decide which outhouse they'll take. When the challenge is complete, George's outhouse has more feces than Ursula's.
  • Depraved Dentist: Dr. Chicago's mother, who uses robots with oversized drills. Averted by his father.
  • 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 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: George on "Heart of Gold."
  • Fantastic Racism: "Shadow of a Dolt" ends with Ape and Magnolia making George seal a portal to the shadow world because their shadow counterparts are weird and creep them out.
  • Fingerless Hands: Cuspid doesn't have hands or feet.
  • Flipping the Bird: In "Body Politics," George's Body plays charades with Ape, then end the game by flipping him the bird.
  • Genius Bonus: While it may sound like typical cartoon silliness, there is a species of penguin native to the jungle, the tawaki (though the ones seen here don't really look much like the ones inhabiting southernmost New Zealand).
  • Harmless Villain: Weevil, unlike his 1967 counterpart.
  • Hulk Speak: In this season, both Ursula and George speak in third person.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In "Kings and Little Ones," Ursula repeatedly tries to eat George and Magnolia.
  • In-Series Nickname: George and Ursula call the narrator "Sky voice."
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Ball: In "Georgus Ex Machina," after George realises how helpful having an all-knowing narrator on your side is, he makes the narrator his deputy. The narrator lets the power go to his head and starts warping reality to suit him.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Bush Baby of Doom. Actually a case of Shown Their Work, as bush babies can be much more vicious than they look.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Magnolia claims to know everything about science.
  • 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 despite Ape's insistence that animals eating other animals is natural. When he discovers plants are also living organisms, he resorts to eating rocks instead.
  • 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.
  • Misplaced Retribution: In "Slothpocalypto," Ursula becomes angry after George ties her up, but after biting her way out of the ropes she takes it out on Magnolia instead.
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ape in "Clockwork George", when he realizes that his actions have caused George to see him as a monster.
  • 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".
  • Oh, Crap!: Ursula says this in "The Ursula Solution".
  • Opening Shout-Out: In "The Insider".
  • Orphaned Hero: George and possibly Ursula.
  • Parental Bonus: "My Georging Jacket" has creatures quite obviously having sex behind censor bars, as well as people licking psychedelic frogs. At one point they even have a floofer "floofing" behind a censor bar when there's no other floofer there.
    Magnolia: Hey, knock it off! This is a kids' show!
  • 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, is brought back with Dr. Scott's character design.
  • Same Character, but Different: This series uses the same characters as the 2007 series with some 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.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: In "The Flavour of Science" Magnolia can't stop eating grubs that she knows full well are sapient and capable of speech.
  • Screw Learning, I Have Phlebotinum!: In "The Flavour of Science" Magnolia finds a species of grub that increases her intelligence when she eats them. Turns out the effect is only temporary, and she has to keep eating them to the point where she 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.
  • Ship Tease: Applies to both women with George, even with the name switch.
  • Shot in the Ass:
    • When George and his friends are destroying the Jelliens in "Guess What's Coming to Dinner," they regenerate and shoot George in the butt.
    • On "Lovecano," Ursula falls into a Cake Trap. While eating cake, Ape shoots her in the butt with tranquilizer darts.
  • 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 a significant amount of 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. 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. She's much more of a feral woman here than in the first season, and thus a lot more violent.
  • TV Never Lies: In "Rip van George", Magnolia's future descendant's brain is hooked up to the internet and every time she tries to look up facts on Jungle Wiki, she gets an article that's been vandalized to somehow include pudding. She blindly believes every word.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: In "Rip van George", George's time leap is caused by a "hypervine" he uses to save an animal despite Ape's warnings that it's still an untested invention.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Averted in "The Ursula Solution". Tiger takes away Ursula's ferality and no one wants to help her get it back.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ape gets this in "Clockwork George" after he brainwashes George. Even Ursula calls him out on this.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Slothpocalypto" to They Live!.
  • 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 tells Ape that Ursula has always interfered in George's rescue. When George said she always slaps George, he actually slapped Ursula before she punched him in retaliation.

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