George of the Jungle

  • Directors: Sam Weisman
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Jordan Kerner, Jon Avnet
  • Writers: Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Holland Taylor, and John Cleese

Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) is a beautiful, blonde San Francisco heiress, reluctantly engaged to marry Lyle Van De Groot (Thomas Haden Church), who seems more attached to his fiancee’s wealth than to her. On an expedition to Central Africa, joined by Lyle, two poachers hired by Lyle named Max and Thor, and a quarter of African men led by Mr. Kwame, Ursula learns of the legend of the “White Ape” from Mr. Kwame. The legend describes of the ape as a super strong man who rules the jungles of Africa. The group discover the Ape Mountain where the White Ape lives. Lyle causes trouble for Ursula and her porters, one of them falling off a rope bridge when Lyle shakes it about and he then abandons Ursula when the two are attacked by a lion. Ursula is saved by the White Ape, revealed to be a Tarzan-like man named George (Brendan Fraser). George takes her to his treehouse home where the rest of his family lives – an intelligent talking ape named Ape (John Cleese); Shep, George’s pet “dog”, really an African elephant; Tookie Bird, a toucan; and Little Monkey, a small monkey. George has a habit of crashing into trees while vine-swinging and is rather childish. He falls in love with Ursula, attempting to impress her like a gorilla but when this fails, he instead dances with her around a campfire.

After admitting they love each other, George and Ursula are married in a lavish jungle celebration and eventually have a son named George Jr. George helds Jr. at the top of the pride rock, and all the animals are gathered there to see him, similar to The Lion King, where Rafiki held Simba. Ape travels to Las Vegas, Nevada where he becomes a performer, and the final scenes show him using Max and Thor as stage props in his program.