George and Junior
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|George and Junior|
|MGM Cartoons character|
|First appearance||Henpecked Hoboes|
October 26, 1946
|Created by||Tex Avery|
George and Junior are cartoon characters, two anthropomorphic bears created by Tex Avery for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. All of the George and Junior shorts were directed by Tex Avery in the 1940s. And like Screwy Squirrel, they were killed off after appearing in only four cartoons: Henpecked Hoboes (1946), Hound Hunters (1947), Red Hot Rangers (1947), and Half-Pint Pygmy (1948).
The cartoons would usually follow the misadventures of two bears inspired by George and Lennie from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men: George, the short, short-tempered intelligent one (voiced by Dick Nelson) and Junior, the tall, dim-witted one (voiced by Avery himself). 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.
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. 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). Later they would make appearances in Dark Horse Comics with Tex Avery's Wolf and Red and Screwy Squirrel.
|1||Henpecked Hoboes||October 26, 1946|
|2||Hound Hunters||April 12, 1947|
|3||Red Hot Rangers||May 3, 1947|
|4||Half-Pint Pygmy||August 7, 1948|
|5||Look Out Below||April 9, 1995|
|6||George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular||July 23, 1995|
- Dick Nelson and Tex Avery (1946—1947)
- Jack Mather (1948)
- John Rubinow and Tony Pope (What a Cartoon!)
List of comics appearances
- Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel #1 (plus Wolf and Red) (1995) (Dark Horse Comics)
- Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel #3 (plus Wolf and Red) (1995) (Dark Horse Comics) (Junior only)
- Comics and Stories #2 Featuring Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel (1996) (Dark Horse Comics)