Jay Ward Movies
"George of the Jungle 2"
In 2004, Disney created their direct-to-video seuqel to George of the Jungle.
Though half the cast has changed from the first George of the Jungle, the silliness and self-referential jokes remain--for example, in an unusual display of professional honesty, Christopher Showerman explains to the audience that he's the new George because the producers were too cheap to re-hire Brendan Fraser. While a mean lion (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile) connives to take over running the jungle world, George's wife Ursula (Julie Benz) is imperiled when her mother and her former fiancé (Thomas Haden Church, returning from the first movie) scheme to bring her back to civilization through kidnapping and hypnosis. Though George of the Jungle 2 aims its combination of goofy humor and computer-generated animals at kids, the camera spends a lot of time ogling Showerman's buffed body.
Most people would be annoyed by another video-only release of a film, but I must say this movie offers up a good helping of the mindless and witty humor the first had. With a load of cartoon-ish humor and slapstick, George returns to the big city with a bang.
As many sequels, this one doesn't match the original. Showerman's performance is well done, but it lacks the same spirit as the original did. This film focuses much less on the emotional side and leans towards the adventerous end. The addition of George's child in the series just spoils it for me. While its great to see the next generation of vine-swinging savages carry on, it would be much more fun to have the existing characters go on adventure without the excess baggage.
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Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Wide Screen, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.78:1
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Surround Sound.
Studio: Disney Studios
DVD Release Date: Janurary 25, 2005
Run Time: 87
- Avaliable Audio Tracks: English, French, Spanish
- Blooper Reel
- Behind-the-Trees featurette
- Deleted scenes with commentary
- Vine surfing game