A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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The phrase "kick butt" is used at least once.
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Products & Purchases
George is a familiar brand thanks to past TV and movie iterations.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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