George of the Jungle

 
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Dumb jokes, crass humor, dubious lessons.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's not clear whether violence is really meant to be the answer here. George does plenty of clubbing and fighting in defense of smaller animals -- he never hurts anyone, but he certainly never faces any repercussions, either.

Violence & scariness

Sure, jungle life is dog-eat-dog, but here it's taken to extremes -- bananas as weapons, vicious attack pandas, a main character whose default reaction to anything is to club it first and ask questions later. It's all cartoonish, but it's not particularly funny.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

The phrase "kick butt" is used at least once.

Consumerism

George is a familiar brand thanks to past TV and movie iterations.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this flashy, rapid-scene-changing cartoon isn't the best fit for very young children, who may be disoriented by the swiftly moving backgrounds and won't be able to follow the story. The show also includes plenty of consequence-free cartoon violence (clubbing, fighting) and gross-out potty humor on a junior level -- nose picking, butt slapping, toe licking (of George's own toes; it's silly, not sexual) -- without much in the way of redeeming qualities or positive lessons.

What's the story?

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE is nominally a remake of the classic cartoon series that ran briefly in the late '60s -- but other than the title and the hero's habit of referring to himself in the third person, it has little in common with its predecessor. This new George (voiced by Lee Tockar) has no Tarzan-like backstory, there are plenty of other humans in the jungle (mostly "jungle girls"), and other than in the opening credits, he never runs into a tree while swinging on his vine.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

George of the Jungle is set in a jungle whose inhabitants inexplicably include rabbits and pandas, as well as every "normal" jungle species. Given that they all talk, it's hard to see why the pandas should be so hard to swallow -- but somehow they're representative of the show's thrown-together approach to plot and humor. Even a mildly funny set-up -- George convinces the predators to eat vegetables while the jungle girls teach the smaller animals to be more assertive -- dissolves into a feeble pay-off, paying lip service to the need to restore the natural order but never managing to either do so or to be funny about it.

The primary trouble with George is that it's neither fish nor fowl -- it's meant for families to watch together, but it's too complicated for younger viewers and has little to offer parents. It's a hard balance to strike, and George has missed it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why TV networks would want to remake classic cartoons. Is there an advantage to updating an old title over taking a chance on something new? If so, what? Kids: If you've seen the old George of the Jungle cartoons, too, which do you like better -- and why?

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Kid, 10 years old March 23, 2011
 

This show has a new title: Stupid!!!

Very bad! Swear you will never watch this show. STUPID and Pathetic show.Just a giant stupid show like all the other shows on Cartoon Network. I HATE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!
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