George of the Jungle

July 16th, 1997


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George grows up in the jungle raised by apes. Based on the Cartoon series.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 5.3/10 (28,151 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: Sam Weisman

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church

Baby George got into a plane crash in a jungle, stayed alive and was adopted by a wise ape. Ursula Stanhope, US noble woman is saved from death on safari by grown-up George, and he takes her to jungle to live with him. He slowly learns a rules of human relationships, while Ursula's lover Lyle is looking for her and the one who took her. After they are found, Ursula takes George to the USA.

Writers: Jay Ward, Dana Olsen

Brendan Fraser - George of the Jungle
Leslie Mann - Ursula Stanhope
Thomas Haden Church - Lyle van de Groot
John Cleese - An Ape Named 'Ape'(voice)
Richard Roundtree - Kwame, Traveling Sidekick
Greg Cruttwell - Max, van de Groot's Sidekick Thug
Abraham Benrubi - Thor, van de Groot's Sidekick Thug
Holland Taylor - Beatrice Stanhope, Ursula's Mom
Kelly Miller - Betsy
John Bennett Perry - Arthur Stanhope, Ursula's Dad
Michael Chinyamurindi - N'Dugo
Abdoulaye NGom - Kip
Lydell M. Cheshier - Baleto (as Lydell Cheshier)
Keith Scott - Narrator(voice)
Spencer Garrett - Male Guest at Party

Taglines: Watch out!


Official Website: Disney |

Release Date: 16 July 1997

Filming Locations: 755 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,878,989 (USA) (20 July 1997) (2506 Screens)

Gross: $174,463,257 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Ursula "very quickly" tells her parents of her jungle exploits, she is actually saying "So anyway I went to the jungle, and I wanted to get away before I got married, and Lyle showed up and nobody got along with Lyle, he was a big pain in the ass, and anyway, so he, he went off into the jungle by himself, and I, you know, I had to follow him. And a jungle man comes swinging through on a vine, just swinging through, and, and he, and then we, hit something, and I don't know what happened. The next thing I know I wake up [inaudible] And then Lyle shot him!"

Crew or equipment visible: When Lyle and Ursula are going down the rapids you can see a kayak waiting below.

[first lines]
Narrator: Deep in the heart of Africa is a place no man has ever entered. The place that belongs to the lion, the elephant and the ape. A place known as the Bukuvu. Travellers flying overhead can only glimpse at its many marvels, its sparkling rivers, its lush veldts, its billowy cloud formations and its hidden mountains. Never fear, my friends. All was not lost. Scraped and boo-booed, they searched high and low, but they never recovered their most precious cargo.

User Review

It's so stupid, it's hilarious!

Rating: 7/10

Thumbs up to the director and the stars of George of the Jungle. They have made one of the funniest children's films that you will ever see. You know that they had a great time making it because it's clearly evident on the screen. George of the Jungle is simply just a Tarzan parody. (Ape-man meets girl, falls for girl, leaves for city, returns to jungle). But the predictable plot doesn't destroy the performances and the movie is peppered with some laugh out loud jokes.

Of course the special effects are impressive - a talking ape, an elephant that thinks he's a dog - but it's the humans that steal the show. Fraser is fantastic as George - he is one of the most talented actors out there at the moment - though this film doesn't test his range much, he shows a nice comic flair. Mann is a lovable foil for our hero, though her squeaky voice is at times too cute. None of the other characters disappoint. Both Mann's parents are great in supporting roles and Lyle as Mann's nasty fiance is sensational.

Kids will love this. Adults, I think will find a lot to enjoy in it also, but don't bring along any cynics. They'll miss out on all the fun!!