George Of The Jungle

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

George Of The Jungle (1997 Movie)

“George of the Jungle” is a live-action comedy film released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1997. It is based on the Jay Ward cartoon of the same name, which originally aired in the 1960s. The film was directed by Sam Weisman and stars Brendan Fraser as the titular character.

The story follows George, a man who was raised by gorillas in the African jungle after surviving a plane crash as a baby. He grows up to be a strong, kind-hearted, but somewhat clumsy man with a deep love for his animal friends. He swings through the trees and lives a carefree life in harmony with nature.

One day, Ursula Stanhope (played by Leslie Mann), an American heiress and adventurer, visits the jungle with her fiancé, Lyle Van de Groot (played by Thomas Haden Church), and her guide, Kwame (played by Richard Roundtree). They are on a mission to find a legendary white ape.

During an expedition, George saves Ursula from danger, and she becomes enamored with him. Soon, George finds himself in the urban jungle of San Francisco after Ursula takes him back to the United States. There, George faces numerous hilarious misadventures as he tries to adapt to the modern world and win Ursula’s heart.

Throughout the film, George’s innocence, charm, and love for animals captivate audiences, while his naivety and awkwardness provide plenty of comedic moments. He befriends various characters, including his loyal gorilla buddy, Ape (voiced by John Cleese), and his intelligent talking elephant, Shep.

As George tries to navigate the complexities of urban life, he also discovers the importance of staying true to oneself and the value of love and friendship. The movie emphasizes the idea that true heroism comes from being genuine and caring for others.

“George of the Jungle” received a positive response from audiences, especially children and families, for its slapstick humor, endearing characters, and heartwarming story. Brendan Fraser’s enthusiastic and charming portrayal of George contributed to the film’s success.

The movie was followed by a direct-to-video sequel, “George of the Jungle 2,” released in 2003, which continued the adventures of the lovable jungle man in a modern setting.

Fun Facts

  • “George of the Jungle” is a live-action comedy film released by Disney in 1997. It is a modern take on the classic cartoon character George of the Jungle, known for his comedic misadventures in the jungle.
  • The film features Brendan Fraser in the titular role of George, who was known for his physical comedy and enthusiastic performance. Fraser’s portrayal of George added to the film’s humor and charm.
  • “George of the Jungle” is known for its slapstick humor, absurd situations, and witty wordplay. The film parodies the classic “Tarzan” story and embraces a campy and over-the-top style, making it a hilarious and entertaining family movie.
George Of The Jungle

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $174.4 million
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  • Brendan Fraser: George
  • Leslie Mann: Ursula Stanhope
  • Thomas Haden Church: Lyle van de Groot.
  • Richard Roundtree: Kwame
  • Greg Cruttwell and Abraham Benrubi: Max and Thor
  • John Bennett Perry: Arthur Stanhope
  • Holland Taylor: Beatrice Stanhope
  • Kelly Miller: Betsy
  • Abdoulaye N’Gom: Kip
  • Michael Chinyamurindi: N’Dugo
  • Lydell M. Cheshier: Baleto
  • Crystal the Monkey: monkey.
  • John Cleese: Ape
  • Keith Scott: Narrator
  • Frank Welker: Lion, Little Monkey, Shep, Tooki Tooki Bird, and Gorilla


  • Director: Sam Weisman
  • Producer: David Hoberman,  Jordan Kerner and Jon Avnet
  • Music: Marc Shaiman

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