Synopsis by Hal Erickson
George of the Jungle was a 1967 Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Jay (Rocky and His Friends) Ward. Each of the series' 16 episodes contains three component cartoons. The first stars the titular George, a lamebrained Tarzan type who lives in a tree (a fact he invariably forgets) in the Imgwee Gwee valley. George's mate--"that funny-lookin' fella who never shaves"--is the voluptuous Ursula; his best friend is Ape, an erudite simian who sounds like Ronald Colman. The star of the second cartoon component is Super Chicken, aka Henry Cabot Henhouse II. Whenever he drinks his special super sauce, the feathered Henhouse transforms into do-gooder Super Chicken, aided and abetted by his bethumped lion assistant Fred ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it!") The final component stars straight-arrow race- car whiz Tom Slick, together with his faithful girlfriend Marigold, his crusty grandma Gertie Growler, and his souped-up vehicle, the Thunderbolt Grease Slapper. Though maintaining the same high, hilarious standards of Jay Ward's other projects, George of the Jungle was a relative failure when it first ran on network television. A strong cult following has since grown around the property, and as a result several selected George installments have been preserved for posterity on home video.
High Historical Importance