Reviewed by: Kevin Burk
“George of the Jungle” is a film remake of the old Saturday-morning cartoon about the Tarzan-like swinger with a strong sense of nobility and a very bad sense of direction. Surprisingly, this adaptation retains the cartoon’s goofy sense of humor, while George (Brendan Fraser) retains his sense of sweet innocence.
The plot resolves around George and his lady fair, Ursula, a wealthy city socialite on safari with her snooty, scheming fiancé. Ursula becomes separated from the party and is saved by George. Eventually, romance begins to bloom in the jungle and Ursula returns with George to the big city, while her fiancé does everything in his power to break up this match. The audience is then treated to the usual fish out of water type jokes. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised by this film and laughed a lot at George’s antics. “George” never takes itself too seriously and spoofs itself often with the type of humor that seems to come right out of the “Naked Gun” or “Airplane” series. The computer animated animals are quite impressive and John Cleese is quite amusing as George’s simian sidekick, Ape.
Morally, this film contains little that is objectionable. There is a little profanity and very cartoonish violence (e.g., lots of running into trees). If you are not a fan of silly movies that make you groan after every joke, avoid this film. But, if you like very crazy, low-brow humor, you might want to give “George” a try.
Year of Release—1997