With Classic Media’s new George of the Jungle animated series set to debut on Cartoon Network this winter, the company has joined forces with Crave Ent. and Ignition Ent. to publish console video games based on the property. The entities plan to give gamers a swinging good time with versions developed for the Nintendo DS, Wii and PlayStation 2 systems. Crave will distribute the titles in the U.S. while Ignition handles international rollouts.
George of the Jungle was first produced as a Saturday Morning cartoon in 1967 by Devon Corey, Jay Ward and Bill Scott, the team behind Rocky & Bullwinkle. In 1997, Disney resurrected the property for the big screen with a hit live-action feature starring Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Monkeybone). Look-alike Christopher Showerman took over the role for a successful direct-to-video sequel released in 2003.
Now George is back in all-new adventures animated in Flash by Studio B Prods., the toon shop that brought us Being Ian and Class of the Titans, among others. Each episode of George of the Jungle will find our bumbling would-be Tarzan protecting the jungle from a never-ending scourge of dastardly bad guys as he leaves the thinking to Ape, his brainy, seven-foot-tall gorilla sidekick. Along for the ride are George’s loyal pet elephant, Shep, and his perpetual damsel in distress, Ursula.
The George of the Jungle console games will hit retail in the U.S. and U.K. this winter, before starting to roll out to Europe and other territories worldwide in the spring of 2008.