Reviewed byyamipegasusVote: 6/10/10
I must say, this movie was almost great. The jokes were pretty funny,and the acting (except for Beatrice) was pretty good, despite thereplacement of most of the cast. Even the music was fun and fitting.Where this movie really fell apart was the storyline. I won't get intodetails, but let's just say it was lacking, at best. Many things werepoorly explained, or unreasonable. Another problem, though minor andonly slightly annoying, was the way George's elephant, Shep, wasportrayed. In the first movie, he blended well with the rest of the setand characters. In this one, he is obviously done with relatively weakCGI that will damage the mood of the scene.
It really is a pity that it had a few major glaring flaws... It couldhave been really good otherwise.
Reviewed byBob Greenwade (bobgreenwade)Vote: 3/10/10
There are just so many things wrong with this movie.
To begin with, the first twenty minutes of the film could have beencompressed into just five or maybe ten. The overall movie is(mercifully) short already, but this could have been made up for bygiving a little more attention to the Mean Lion (how did the miss areference to "The Wiz" on that one?) and working his subplot a littlemore closely into the main plot. In short, the script had the seed of agood idea, but needed quite a bit of reworking.
Second, it could have done without the crude humor. The original alsohad some that it could have done without, but at least there it wasalmost an afterthought -- here, flatulence and urination abound.
Third, the show is a little too self-aware. The original series hadthat well enough, as did the first movie, but here it's just way, waytoo much. The Brendan Fraser in-jokes were just a bit over the top (andwhy no mention of the "new Ursula"?). Other gags with the Narrator,especially a couple of interactions near the end, also exceed goodsense.
Fourth, a bit more attention could have been given to the CGI work. Inthe first it was hard to tell that Shemp wasn't a real elephant (exceptby behavior, of course), but here the CGI stands out like a sore thumb.Ideally special effects should merely tell the story whether they'regood or bad, and they at least do succeed on that count, so it's arelatively small problem, but it's still there.
All that said, Christopher Showerman's performance as George is decentenough. It lacks Brendan Fraser's charm, but Christopher only reallyfails in that specific comparison -- he even managed to give George abit of personal depth, which should have been a major foul in a JayWard-inspired movie but wasn't here. Julie Benz as the new Ursulasurprised me as being even better than Leslie Mann in the original.
Most other performances were pretty standard, not standing out in mymind as either good or bad.
Reviewed byTheLittleSongbirdVote: 3/10/10
I really enjoyed the first movie, it was silly and predictable at timesbut it was lively and amusing. This sequel is anything but that.Starting with the few good things, Julie Benz is lovely as Ursula,Christopher Showerman does a decent job replacing Brendan Fraser andJohn Cleese is fun as "Ape". Everything else though didn't work. Iloved the narration in the first film, but here with the exception of afunny exchange between the narrator(Keith Scott again) and George rightat the beginning, the narration wasn't sardonic or hilarious this timearound. And that is the main problem with the film, it is neitheroriginal or funny. The script is very weak, the plot is predictable andslow and there are too many flatulence jokes. The scenery wasn't ascolourful, the editing was slip-shod, the graphics were weak and thedirection was sloppy. The music isn't as catchy either, in fact it wasvery forgettable here, and asides from Showerman, Benz and Cleese theother acting doesn't even reach so-so level. Overall, verydisappointing sequel, has two or three good things, but everything elseis lousy. 3/10 Bethany Cox
It's been 5 years since socialite Ursula Stanhope left civilization to marry George, lovable and clumsy King of the Jungle. Now father to George Junior, George finds himself stressed at having to juggle his cherished roles of jungle king, Junior's dad, and Ursula's loving husband. George's stress level goes way up when Really Mean Lion challenges him for leadership of the jungle, and Ursula's mother Beatrice teams up with Ursula's ex-fiance Lyle in a plot to forcibly take away all that George holds most dear.