George and Junior

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George and Junior was a short-lived cartoon series by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1940s directed by Tex Avery.[1] Beginning with the theatrical animated short Henpecked Hoboes, released October 26, 1946,[1] the shorts followed the misadventures of two bears inspired by George and Lennie from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men:[2] George, the short, short-tempered intelligent one (voiced by Frank Graham) and Junior, the tall, dim-witted one (voiced by Avery himself). The characters' looks and voices were altered for their fourth appearance. Later they were brought back to life by Pat Ventura on the Hanna-Barbera anthology franchise What-A-Cartoon! in the 1990s voiced by John Rubinow and Tony Pope. George would usually come up with a plan to fix their current situation. Junior would accidentally mess it up somehow resulting with an angry George saying "Bend over, Junior", and, when Junior does so, George delivers a hard kick to his rear end. A grey-purple version of George made a cameo appearance in a headshot during the final scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (the octopus from Half-Pint Pygmy also made a cameo as the bartender at The Ink and Paint Club).



  1. ^ a b George and Junior at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "George and Junior". Big Cartoon Database. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Adamson, Joe, Tex Avery: King of Cartoons, 1975, De Capo Press

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