George-Newx-LargeUSA Today previews a new version of George of the Jungle which debuts Friday on the Cartoon Network.

The new cartoon makes George a teenager instead of an adult, as he was in the original created by Jay Ward. His old friends — Ape the Ape; his pet dog, Shep; and gal pal Ursula — return, joined by some new characters.

Although this George is aimed at a younger audience, kids 6 to 11, he shares most of his predecessor’s traits, says Tiffany Ward, daughter of the late animator.

“He still lucks into things. He still smashes into trees,” she says.

According to the piece, a Sherman and Peabody movie is in production at Dreamworks.