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George of the Jungle (1997)

Brendan Fraser , Leslie Mann , Sam Weisman , Thomas Ackerman  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, John Cleese, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree
  • Directors: Sam Weisman, Thomas Ackerman
  • Writers: Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304711867
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George of the Jungle" on IMDb

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Not even the executives at Disney could have predicted the runaway success of this live-action movie inspired by Jay Ward's goofy 1960s cartoon character. Not only did George make a killing at the box office, but Disney's marketing wizards turned it into one of their best-selling videos. It's hard to begrudge the movie's success, even if this is the kind of mindless entertainment that caters to the lowest common denominator. In any case, it's obvious that kids love this movie, in which the idiotic George (Brendan Fraser) repeatedly swings into trees and attracts the attention of a lovely jungle explorer (Leslie Mann) who decides to call off her engagement to a wealthy snob (Thomas Hayden Church) in favor of the vine-swinging hunk with an elephant named Shep (that thinks it's a dog) and an ape named Ape (with a proper Brit voice provided by John Cleese). Filled with slapstick gags and some funny special effects, the movie can be a bit of a trial for adults, but it's a hilarious treat for its intended audience. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Disney presents the smash hit comedy that families and critics everywhere went bananas over! Deep in the heart of the African jungle, a baby named George, the sole survivor of a plane crash, is raised by gorillas. George grows up to be a buff and lovable klutz (ENCINO MAN'S Brendan Fraser) who has a rain forest full of animal friends -- like Tookie, his big-beaked messenger, Ape, a talking gorilla who's smarter than your average rocket scientist, and Shep, a gray-haired peanut-loving pooch of an elephant! When poachers mess with George's pals, the King Of Swing swings into action. But before you can say, "Watch out for that tree," George comes face-to-bark with a few vine-covered obstacles! You'll go wild for this "wonderfully wacky comedy" that People Magazine calls "impossible to resist!"

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie, Poor DVD Package July 7, 2001
Format:DVD
A friend gave my kids this movie--I didn't buy it because the idea of a live-action GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE seemed silly to me. Fortunately for my family, this movie is silly in a good way, gleefully silly, with lots of physical comedy, puns, in-jokes, and high ridiculousness. This movie has good-natured fun. The casting of Fraser and Mann as George and Ursula is inspired, and Cleese as the voice of Ape works wonders. Movies that elicit joyful instead of derisive laughter deserve our attention, so unless you're sensitive about the requisite animal excrement jokes (the easiest way to avoid a "G" rating), watch this movie with your kids. Then watch it with your buddies. It might even be a good date movie.
The DVD package, however, offers another example of Disney's charging premium prices for few extras. Unfortunately, the disc is also pan-and-scan instead of widescreen. If you already own the videotape, you might as well wait and hope that Disney upgrades the DVD package.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging Disney Film June 1, 2002
Format:DVD
This film was made in the great tradition of Walt Disney's live action films aimed at the adolescent audience that his studio produced in the 60s and continued into the 70s. It works beautifully tweaking the formula for the 90's audiences. Brendan Fraser is perfect as George in his own likeable but not very bright way. You really feel for this guy because he wants to do what is right and get the job done. The special effects are excellent because they not only look good but they add to the effect of the storytelling and create an innovative world for the audience to immerse themselves into. The casting is also good. Thomas Hayden Church as an equally not-very-bright cad is perfect. You almost feel sorry for this guy. John Cleese doing the voice of Ape is a riot. He has several funny scenes, especially near the very end. This is film is excellent no matter what age you are. I highly recommend this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun family film June 27, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is one of my kids' favorites. In fact, it was the first live-action movie my older daughter could sit through, probably because it's pretty cartoonish live-action. The nice thing is that grownups can stand to watch it, too. It's very silly, of course, but there are lots of funny gags, many of which go right over the heads of children. There's a little bathroom humor, but what else would you expect in a movie with talking gorillas and an elephant that plays fetch? Best of all, from my point of view, is the fact that perfectly-cast Brendan Fraser spends a good portion of the movie wearing only a loincloth.

I agree with other reviewers, however, that it would be nice if the DVD were in widescreen and came with some extras. But I'll settle for 90 minutes of happy children plus Brendan Fraser in a loincloth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Disney! December 18, 1999
Format:DVD
George Of The Jungle is a fantastic family movie - from George Fighting Lions to Hilarious asides with the narrator. The narration is fantastic - a very funny element of the film. John Cleese does a great job as "Ape", a talking (guess what! ) Ape! There are lots of daring exciting moments, but as the narrator says at the beginning of the film "don't worry, nobaody dies in this movie; they just get very bad BOO BOO's!" Great movie to watch with your children, or on your own. In fact you could even watch this movie during a lads/girls night in! Oh yes watch out for that......
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where is the widescreen version??? June 16, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie - the wit is funny, the sight gags are funny and the characters are endearing - very hard to do when you are creating a movie from cartoon characters. But where is the widescreen version?? The whole reason for buying a DVD is having the chance to see the movie as it was originally envisioned. If I want to watch full frame, I'll watch television.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I wholeheartedly agree with the others who stated that this DVD is less than adequate treatment for this good, fun film. The picture and sound quality is good here but it is pan/scan instead of widescreen and has NO extras at all. This film has enough "grown-up" appeal to warrant at least a nice "making of" featurette, some deleted scenes, commentary, etc. and especially a widescreen transfer.

I bought this thinking it would at least be in its Original Aspect Ratio, but this disc is a result of Disney Home Video thinking anything with a "family" appeal HAS to be full TV frame pan/scan. Of course the movie is short enough for them to have included both WS and FF versions on the same disc, but no, they haven't.

The film itself is good silly fun and very nice to look at, for it's scenery, animal characters, and especially it's lovable buff lead. There are lots of fun inside (adult) jokes, including one subtle music gag that plays briefly as Ursula goes to get our Hero off the Golden Gate Bridge. For those who "get" that joke it's a hoot.

Disney really needs to re-do this one as a Widescreen edition with some decent extras soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is so stupid....IT'S FUNNY June 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
How can someone possibly criticize the funniest movie in history? OK... I admit it sure is corny and definitly not for the intellectual group, but hey everyone needs a good laugh...and George sure makes you smile! This movie is unique, how often do you hear an actor arguing with the narrator or see a man fall 10,000 feet into a river and only get a "really big Booboo?" (my favorite line.) This movie, I admit, does not stimulate thought but certainly provides a component we all lack, a sense of humor and a good laugh. Buy this movie for all ages... for all species.* Also, remember to buy the wonderful,spectacular, uplifting, CD...George, George, George of the Jungle...WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!!! :)*
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 11 days ago by Ana Arevalo
2.0 out of 5 stars Bungle in the jungle
GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE(1997) Directed by Sam Weisman. Based on characters created by Jay Ward. Script by Dana Olsen. Read more
Published 19 days ago by The Mysterious Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOve this movie!
Published 20 days ago by Tamra Porta
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie. Got it as a gift for my sister, who traveled to San Fransisco with me. Everything we saw/did was in reference to George of the Jungle. Read more
Published 22 days ago by The Waffler
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
nice
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars but also because my husband & I love this movie
This was purchased to add to our Disney collection, but also because my husband & I love this movie. Our kids have come to really enjoy watching it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Theresa B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done movie adaption of the old TV series
So funny Doesn't feel dated. So fun gazing at Brandon Fraser's Abs! Really a must have for a household with tweens. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C Von
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent for the whole family. Worth buying.
Published 1 month ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for a 90's kid.
I grew up watching this movie so watching it for the first time in years was so nostalgic! George of the Jungle is hilarious! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gzavvy05
5.0 out of 5 stars fun, and goofy
This is family friendly, fun, and goofy. Even so, I find that I really enjoy this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Melodie Vargas
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