GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE (1967)
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Swing into action with Jay Wards last-produced, classic series, George of the Jungle! Join dim-witted, but big-hearted George as he saves his jungle friends with the help of wife, Ursula, his friend Ape and his "dog", Shep the elephant. All 17 shows are complete with episodes of Tom Slick, the coolest racecar driver this side of Frostbite Falls, and Super Chicken, whos always there to save the day when fowl plays afoot! Its a jungle of fun with a cartoon series kids and adults can enjoy!
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George of the Jungle - Ungawa the Gorilla God
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George of the Jungle - The Desperate Showers
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Super Chicken - Rotten Hood
George of the Jungle - Little Scissor
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Super Chicken -The Easter Bunny
George of the Jungle - Next Time, Take The Train
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Tom Slick - Dranko The Dragster
George of the Jungle - The Trouble I've Seed
Super Chicken - The Noodle
Tom Slick - Overstocked
George of the Jungle - Big Flop At The Big Top
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Tom Slick - The Sneaky Sheik
George of the Jungle - Rescue is My Business
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Tom Slick - The Apple-Less Indian 500
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Super Chicken - Briggs Bad-Wolf
Tom Slick - The Cheap Skateboard Derby
George of the Jungle - The Treasure of Sarah Madre
Super Chicken - The Laundry Man
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Super Chicken - The Muscle
Tom Slick - The Badyear Blimp
George of the Jungle - The Forest's Prime Evil
Super Chicken - Dr. Gizmo
Tom Slick - The Swamp Buggy Race
George of the Jungle - Kings Back to Back
Super Chicken - The Wild Hair
Tom Slick - The Mack Buster Trophy
George of the Jungle - The Sultan's Pearl
Super Chicken - The Zipper
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Never Before Seen Pilot Episode - George of the Jungle & Super Chicken
If you aren't familiar with these cartoons, they date back to 1967. Each episode contains three separate, completely unrelated cartoons, George of the Jungle, Tom Slick, and, my favorite cartoon of all time, Super Chicken. All three have the things we love Jay Ward for--comic narration, upstanding, stupid hero (always voiced by Bill Scott, also the voice of Bullwinkle and Dudely) who somehow gets things right, and a good hearted woman who is considerably smarter than them man in the show. And Bullwinkle and Dudley fans will recognize the voices, because Ward used the same three voice actors to voice virtually all his cartoons. If George of the Jungle sounds a lot like Bullwinkle, there's a good reason!
George is the best known of the three, both because of the mid-90s live action film which made a star out of Brendan Frazier (and was very good), and because of the recent Cartoon Network remake. Loveble but dumb George, king of the jungle, cannot even remember he lives in a tree house, and falls every single time he leaves home. When he's not falling, he's running into trees. Ursula (voiced by the marveous June Foray, aka Rocky the Flying Squirrel), his smart (wife? roomie? queen?) more or less runs the show, and Ape, the smartest character, plays chess, philosophizes, and tries to keep George out of the worst of trouble. But good hearted George always charges off to save some animal or another, winding up in mortal peril, but is always saved, sometimes by Ape or Ursula, sometimes by George's own clumsiness, and sometimes by sheer dumb luck.
Tom Slick is Dudley DoRight meets Days of Thunder. In each episode, Tom enters a new race, and some villain tries to cheat to win. Tom's vehicle, the Thunderbolt Greaseslapper, is sometimes a car, but other times is converted to a snowmobile, a boat, a submarine . . . you get the idea. Again, the women are the brains in the operation, with Marigold (again, June Foray) as the Ursula character and the octogenarian Gertie Growler who serves as Tom's mechanic. Tom usually wins; the humor, and this is a funny show, comes in the ridiculousness of the races, the crazy devices the villains use to cheat, and in Tom's carelessness in the face of Marigold's bravery and Gertie's competence.
The crown jewel, in my opinion, of the three is Super Chicken, the least well known of the series. Of the three, Super Chicken relies the most on wit. Super Chicken is the secret identity of Henry Cabot Henhouse the Third, a wealthy playboy whose assistant, Fred the Lion, is even more clueless than Henry. Henry transforms into Super Chicken when he takes the Super Sauce, whose recipe changes every episode, and then heads off to fight change, clucking the traditional cavalry charge tune as only a chicken could. The humor is similar to the others, but Super Chicken's real humor comes through the narrator's breathless, wry-joke-every-line narrator.
Really good if you like this kind of humor. This is the only DVD of an old TV show I have ever bought, and it was well worth it!
++An aside, June Foray is still alive and is into her nineties. She is, as far as I can tell, still active professionally. What a comic genius!