George of the Jungle (2007 TV series)

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George of the Jungle
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A picture depicting George in the new series
Genre Comedy
Created by Jay Ward (original series)
Directed by J. Falconer
Voices of Lee Tockar
Paul Dobson
Britt Irvin
Tabitha St. Germain
Mark Oliver
Brian Drummond
Narrated by Peter Kelamis
Theme music composer Sheldon Allman and Stan Worth (original)
Opening theme "George of the Jungle", performed by Urban Legend
Ending theme "George of the Jungle" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Michael Richard Plowman
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (whole)
52 (separate) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Bartleman
Evan Baily
Eric Ellenbogen
Blair Peters
Rob Simmons
Tiffany Ward
Producer(s) Kevin Gamble
Mike Weiss
Running time 22 min (whole)
11 min (separate)
Production company(s) DHX Media
DreamWorks Classics
Teletoon Original Productions
Bullwinkle Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon (Canada)
Cartoon Network, UniMÁS (USA)
Nicktoons (UK)
Original run Original series:
June 29, 2007 – January 11, 2008
Revival series:
December 2014[1]
Chronology
Preceded by George of the Jungle (1967)

George of the Jungle is a Canadian animated television series. It is the remake of the 1967 animated series of the same name, using Adobe Flash animation. It is produced in Canada, airing there on Teletoon, and more recently airing in the USA on Cartoon Network, premiering with the Christmas special. In Latin America, it is airing on Disney Channel. The remake mostly stays true to the original production, with a few key differences existing between the two. One episode of the show typically consists of two 11-minute episodes. This is unlike the original cartoon, which featured other stories such as Tom Slick and Super Chicken. The show's first season ran from June 29, 2007 to January 11, 2008, with a second season to air in December 2014.[2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • George (voiced by Lee Tockar) – A friendly, yet dim-witted vine-swinging man in a loincloth, George lives in a jungle in Africa, acting as the "king of the jungle" in a Tarzan-ish role. Possessing incredible strength, bravery and a penchant for repeatedly crashing into trees while vine-swinging, George acts as the protector of all the jungle's inhabitants. He also acts immature (picking his nose and eating snot) and speaks in the third person ("George can't hear you"). Despite his scrawny appearance, he is quite strong for a normal man, he also believes he is an ape, and doesn't realize he is human.
  • Ape (voiced by Paul Dobson) – A very strong, yet unusually intelligent gorilla that lives with George in the jungle. He functions as George's surrogate brother, parental-figure and best friend, although his attempts to educate George have a long history of repeated failures. He also tends to serve as the voice of reason most of the time. In "George's Birthday Present", it is revealed Ape is 5 years old in ape years. Every time he hears the sound of Mitch's bongos, he dances uncontrollably which results in mass insanity and the destruction of their Tree House and he dances on his fingers when George uses a leaf as a Kazoo as revealed in "Ape goes Ape".
  • Ursula Scott (voiced by Britt Irvin) – A city girl who came to live in the jungle with George and his friends along with her father. She quickly forms a bond with Magnolia, causing the two to be frequently seen together. Young, reckless and eager to introduce modern culture into the jungle, Ursula often tries to educate her new friends to the marvels of modern city life (such as Christmas or traffic systems), only to usually have her attempts backfire. Regardless, she does her best to assist her friends when necessary. She is still adjusting to jungle life, and so she still has much to learn.
  • Magnolia (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – A native of the jungle and valley girl figure, Magnolia (also called Maggie or Mags) is one of George's closest friends, and has become Ursula's best friend since she came to the jungle. Despite her dressing in jungle attire (such as loincloths and sticks) as well as fits of hyperactivity, she appears to be very well educated in both human and jungle knowledge, often helping to bridge the gap between Ursula's city life and jungle life. She speaks with a Southern accent, and can appear somewhat dimwitted at times. Her father is the local jungle Witch Doctor.

Secondary characters[edit]

  • Narrator (voiced by Peter Kelamis) – The narrator of each George of the Jungle episode. In comparison to the narrator of the original cartoon, he speaks in a documentary-style fashion, often beginning each episode claiming "To survive in the jungle..." often followed by a situation in complete contrast to the first impression of his introduction.
  • Shep: George's elephant friend who actually acts like a dog. He travels with George on most of his adventures, only rivaled by Tookie-Tookie. He is very untrained, and can often be seen destroying sections of the jungle. Shep likes to play with George a lot, often playing with him when he should be helping people throughout the jungle.
  • Tookie Tookie Bird (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – George's second pet, a parrot-like bird that can only say his own name. Also known as Tookarus Birdoozi.
  • Witch Doctor (voiced by Brian Drummond) – Magnolia's father, a very compact, diminutive character who believes his shaman skills are the solution to all problems. He often competes with Ursula's father and his modern medicine to see who can solve a problem first, although neither usually provides the solution to whatever problem they tackle.
  • Dr. Towel Scott (voiced by Mark Oliver) – Ursula's father, a modern doctor now living in the jungle with his daughter. He has formed a somewhat friendly (and often hostile) rivalry with the local Witch Doctor, continuously trying to disprove his barbaric medicine and shaman skills with modern science (often with equally unsuccessful results).
  • Big Mitch (voiced by Doron Bell) – A conniving marmoset and frequent pest to the jungle community. He lives in an ancient temple full of riches and booby traps, and has a pair of Bongos with him.

Other characters[edit]

  • Carl: Carl is a baboon who constantly makes a fool out of George and Ape.
  • Cousin Larry (voiced by Peter Kelamis) – George's arrogant human cousin, who does his best to win at everything, no matter the cost. He was eventually revealed to be a cheater in all his victories and was ousted from the jungle.
  • Cousin Papaya: George and Ape’s cousin, a King Kong gorilla that made a promise to beat the leaving day lights out of anyone who would mess with George or Ape and the others gorillas.
  • Edward Madmun: The creator of Madmun Island. He has an associate (and later enemy) who helped him climb to the top of Mount Everest and swim Madmun across the English Channel. George, Ape and the others often accidentally say "Madman" for his name, but someone always reminds them "It's MadMUN!"
  • Lion: A lion who was defeated by George in his childhood.
  • Tiger: A hungry predator who likes to feast on small defenseless creatures and somehow appears randomly in cameos (as seen in "Rainy Season" and "Eagle Tick").

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Michel Selventé - Art Director and Character Designer

Episodes[edit]

DVD release[edit]

The first season of George of the Jungle was released on DVD in Region 1 on August 19, 2008, titled George of the Jungle: The Swingin' 1st Season.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zahed, Ramin (April 11, 2013). "Teletoon Commissions New Season of 'George'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.c21media.net/archives/106144
  3. ^ "George of the Jungle - Swinging 1st Season DVD Information". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 

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