On a Swinger

George, George, George of the Jungle,
Strong as he can be.
(Ahhhhahhhahhhhhh)
Watch out for that tree.

George, George, George of the Jungle,
Lives a life that’s free.
(Ahhhhahhhahhhhhh)
Watch out for that tree.

When he gets in a scrape,
he makes his escape
with the help of his friend,
an ape named Ape.
Then away he’ll schlep
on his elephant Shep
While Fella and Ursula
Stay in step.

Well….George, George, George of the Jungle,
Friend to you and me.

Watch out for that tree.

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George is a dim-witted parody of Tarzan

#30 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters

Basic plot: District Commissioner Alistair contacts George to save jungle inhabitants from various threats

Running gag: George forgetting he lives in a treehouse, thus falling to the ground every time he leaves home

Other Characters

  • Ursula, a Jane-like character whom George refers to as “Fella”
  • Ape (an ape) is George’s closest friend
  • Shep, George’s pet elephant (“great big peanut-lovin’ poochie”)
  • Tookie Tookie, a bird whose call is, “Ah ah ee ee tooky tooky”
  • Frequent foes are hunters”Tiger” Titherage and “Weevil” Plumtree, plus Dr. Chicago (a mad scientist)

Production
Produced by Jay Ward and Bill Scott

First Jay Ward production since Rocky and Bullwinkle

Appeared on ABC Saturday mornings from September 9 to December 30, 1967

Only 17 original episodes, so reruns continued through 1970

Unlike previous Ward series, the animation production was done in Hollywood

Limited number of episodes due to production going over budget

Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, and Daws Butler provided most of the character voices over all three segments.

The Show
Each episode featured three segments in the form of three unrelated cartoons: George of the Jungle, Tom Slick, and Super Chicken.

Each segment’s theme song was written by the team of Stan Worth and Sheldon Allman

Tom Slick Intro

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Super Chicken Intro

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Other Tidbits
“Weird Al” Yankovic did a cover version of the George of the Jungle theme on his 1985 album Dare to Be Stupid

Disney released George of the Jungle movies in 1997 and 2003

Dedicated George of the Jungle website

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