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George of the Jungle

THICKO TARZAN-ALIKE and his well-spoken English gorilla chum (“Somebody within stone’s throw again!”) do the usual crap Jay Ward wisecrackery.



  1. Tom Ronson

    March 28, 2022 at 12:04 am

    For some reason (they were cheap) ITV bought up shedloads of these low-rent American cartoons from the 1960s during the eighties and showed them at odd moments in the schedule to fill a much-needed gap. There was this, Batfink, Super Chicken, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Underdog, Roger Ramjet… I usually watched them because there was nothing else on, but even as a child I was irritated by the rotten character design, the hacky old jokes, the sub-standard animation and the general feeling of ‘can’t be arsed’ that hung over them like a sludgy Autumn sky. See also Hoot Kloot, The Tijuana Toads, The Ant and the Aardvark and anything else from DePatie-Freleng that wasn’t the Pink Panther or the Inspector.

  2. Richardpd

    October 20, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I remember the last few being used by the BBC in the early 1990s to fill up time when they had a licence fee freeze & had to cut costs.

    Same with CBBC showing second rank Hanna-Barbera shows on weekday afternoons.

    ITV also had the rights to the 1960s Dick Tracey show, which were last shown around the time the Warren Beatty – Madonna film was out.

  3. Droogie

    October 21, 2022 at 7:36 am

    I quite liked the Dick Tracy show as a kid. I thought the stylized animation was a cool 60’s thing, but now realize it was just cheap. The weird thing was how Dick Tracy barely featured in each show. He’d have a series of wacky cops do the crime fighting instead. Some of the less politically correct of them would never exist now – like Asian detective Joe Jitsu. There was also a bulldog character in a London Bobby’s helmet called Hemlock Holmes who had a bizarre accent. It was only years later I realised he was meant to sound like Cary Grant.

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