Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Surprisingly pleasant."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Brendan Fraser ... breathes loopy new life into the swinging '60s TV cartoon icon."


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'George of the Jungle'

Scene from this movie An animated preamble recounts how George survived a plane crash and toddled off into the wilds, where he was taken in by a scholarly gorilla, Ape, and befriended by a talking toucan, Tookie Tookie, and his faithful Shep, the elephant. But George has grown into a buff, Bambi-eyed innocent in his twenties. The story focuses on George's love affair with Ursula, a socialite who is rethinking her engagement while exploring beautiful Buvuku.

After George rescues Ursula from a lion and her snooty fiance, the two fall in love back at the treehouse. Eventually they travel to the United States to explain the situation to her ritzy parents. Of course her mother is appalled at this turn of events. -- Rita Kempley
Rated PG


Director: Sam Weisman
Cast: Brendan Fraser; Leslie Mann; Thomas Haden Church; Abraham Benrubi; John Cleese; Greg Cruttwell; Pons Maar; Kelly Miller; John Bennett Perry; Richard Roundtree; Holland Taylor
Running Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Filmography: Brendan Fraser