Heiress Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) falls in love with a clumsy jungle man named George (Brendan Fraser) and brings him to New York, where dangers await everywhere. This movie was based on an internationally little-known animated TV show (1967-1970), but audiences shouldn’t reject it. The filmmakers worked hard to create the kind of energy we know from classic animated films, and it does gain a lot from its crazy style and silly sound effects (as well as a certain elephant and an ape voiced by John Cleese). Fraser is perfect as Tarzan, no, George, and narrator Keith Scott is very funny.
1997-U.S. 91 min. Color. Directed by Sam Weisman. Cast: Brendan Fraser (George), Leslie Mann (Ursula Stanhope), Thomas Haden Church (Lyle Van de Groot), Holland Taylor, John Bennett Perry, Abraham Benrubi… Richard Roundtree. Voice of John Cleese. Narrated by Keith Scott.
Trivia: Scott is the son of Bill Scott who narrated the original series. Followed by a direct-to-DVD sequel, George of the Jungle 2 (2003).