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LibertyTugger the Jeep
Posted by mike on 2004/5/14 0:00:00 (722) reads

Meet Tugger, the newest Jeep - he's animated.

The Jeep Brand and Genesis Orlando have recently announced that Tugger the Jeep is coming to the big screen. From the press release:

Jeep® Brand and Genesis Orlando, a digital animation production company, entered into a licensing and marketing agreement on May 5, 2004, to launch the animated film property "Tugger, the Jeep® 4x4 who wanted to Fly".

The original Genesis Orlando story centers on an animated character modeled after a Jeep vehicle who dreams of one day flying like an airplane. The film is being released in connection with the official launch of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee and will release around the time vehicles will be available in dealerships, Fall 2004.

“Tugger is a great asset to help launch the all-new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee,” said Jeff Bell, Vice president Jeep and Chrysler Marketing, “The animated character upholds the Jeep brands reputation for innovation and the go anywhere do anything spirit of the Jeep brand.”


Be sure to check out the official Web site and the trailer.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Justin (full time Jeep Waver!)
I agree, the Marketing Team and the Design Team are two entirely different branches. Aside from that, how much money do you REALLY think DC dumped into the movie. In the big picture, it can't be that much, remember they own the name JEEP and the design and had to give the permission to the movie makers.

I think the movie is a great idea and that it'll help pull away the now common thought that every SUV is a Jeep. How many people call their explorer or RAV 4 a Jeep? A lot. At least this brings some distinction, or helps. I remember hearing Alan Jackson's Drive for the first time and he talks about teaching his daughters how to drive an old Jeep. I was so pumped, it took me back to driving my Dad's CJ in Pennsylvania. Then the video comes out and shows them in an old Bronco. Jeeps are different than SUV's as all of us know, they are more capable, more distinct, and more fun. Jeep needs to take it's identity back.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: 91 SJ, 96 XJ, 96 ZJ, 99 ZJ, 99 TJ, 99 XJ, 01 XJ
I really can't believe all this negativity towards this cartoon! Don't you people realize that engineers don't make cartoons? This is excellent publicity done by the MARKETING team, not the DESIGN and ENGINEERING team. Now WHAT the design and engineering team has been doing lately is a completely different story, but obviously they haven't been making cartoons.

Jeep - For the love of God, bring back the SJ. (and make wood siding and option, please!) I love mine and couldn't live without it (well, I could live without the carb... use the 5.9 EFI from the 98 ZJ!)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mr. Lee Iacocca
Correction to my earlier post: The correct legal term for borrowing Disney characters would be "copyright-schmopyright"


BTW- my nurse informs me I am still not dead.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: A Concerned Jeep Owner
I don't see a 6-speed manual tranny as being as good as a 5-speed. If you do a lot of bumper-to-bumper commuting, a short first and tall second is the way to go. 6 speeds means a narrow 1st and 2nd gear, hence more shifting in stop and go traffic.

Is this 6th gear going to be a highway overdrive?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
This is just Jeep/DC marketing toward the younger generation with hopes that they will someday grow up to buy a Jeep or help infulence parents buying decisions. No big deal. I thought looked kind of cool. More Jeep sales means better products.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Justin

Jeep - For the love of God, bring back the SJ. (and make wood siding and option, please!) I love mine and couldn't live without it (well, I could live without the carb... use the 5.9 EFI from the 98 ZJ!)

YOu could use the Ford EEC with mass air from an 88-91 model, very easy to install, I installed it on my old Bronco and am working on installing it on the 4.9 Cadilliac V-8 in my brothers Fiero.

Any info on the 6 speed. I want one to replace my T-18

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bowser
Mr. Lee,

He already said the cartoon is targeted toward younger children, and it's just a story; not an advertisment.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeffrey
Hello there folks,
We are the actual producers of "Tugger" the Jeep who wanted to fly, and I just wanted to let everyone know that "Tugger" is an independant story,film that was brought to Jeep so that we could include them as we LOVE Jeep's. The film is a heart warming story about this character who dreams that one day he will fly because a mechanic had replaced his fan with a real airplane part.
We are an animation company comprised of ex-Disney artists who believe that this film and the following films will represent the American spirit to overcome obsticles to achieve our dreams.
If you get a chance to view the trailer on our web site: www.tuggerjeep.com you should get a feeling of what we are making. We're making this film for children and Jeep lovers everywhere and we'll be sneaking some of the film at this years Camp Jeep's in Virginia and California.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to cal me directly at my office in Orlando: 407 566 1722.

Thanks, .......Jeffrey

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
skramblerwishes, don't hold your breath, the only "new" thing you'll see this fall is the Grand...but i too can wish :-)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mr. Lee Iacocca
Jeffrey:

Thanks for the info on the "Tugger the Jeep" cartoon. I'm sure my grand children will enjoy it. Unfortunately they are not able to qualify for a loan to buy a new Jeep product. So how about shifting focus on the cartoon thing, maybe an adult cartoon, anime or hentai as the youngsters call it, featuring Tugger and say, Jessica Rabbit from the "Who Framed Rodger Rabbit" cartoon, I'm sure Eisner won't mind a little borrowing, trademarks shrademarks eh? That'll target the cartoon more towards the actual buying demographic for Jeep. Just a thought.

BTW- I am still not dead.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: JJ
"Is this 6th gear going to be a highway overdrive?"

Bingo.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Frank G
Did I miss something or just this just SUCK!!!

D/C work on improving out Jeeps, not a dumb cartoon.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: A Concerned Jeep Owner
The mouthpiece from Diamler Chrysler said:

"The animated character upholds the Jeep brands reputation for innovation and the go anywhere do anything spirit of the Jeep brand.”

What crap. How about putting a 5-speed manual tranny in the Unlimited instead of wasting time on this crapidiferous foolishness. eh?


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: dirtyjeep
I think my children will enjoy the movie, especially since my 4 year old is big into Jeeps anyway. I do think they should be allowed to drop the stupid 4x4 crap. It ruins the title.
"Tugger, the Jeep® 4x4 who wanted to Fly".
They need to lighten up a little with their copyright junk. I don't know anyone who would think a Jeep ISN'T a 4x4.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Chas Meadows
Dont see the fuss about a cartoon , however I would have rather they spent the money developing the products. Mabe even fix the known diff problems some models encounter.

From my point of veiw a cartoon would NOT make me go out and buy one. The ad about inheriting a swamp would.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

I noticed that Alan Jackson video. That probably had to do with the fact that Alan Jackson is/was a spokesman for Ford. When the video was made, I'm sure that it was insisted that he use a Bronco rather than a CJ.

That's too bad that a Wrangler SUT is not in the works. I'd get one if it was available. I need a small truck but there is not much out there in the small truck world anymore.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mr. Lee Iacocca
ha wrote:

"...and still lacking a real sense of humor.
Snore."

You're the humorless one.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
ScramblerKen

No, nothing cool like that - just a few standard content changes.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: skramblewishes
I too visited a few Jeep dealers as well asking about a Jeep SUT. None have heard any official word on a Scrambler or SUT. One told me that their regional sales manager says "something will be coming this fall....". Could it be an SUT? Perhaps it will be the Compass or simply a new package to an existing model.

I hope a Scrambler is coming but I have a hard time believing that DC can keep any new vehicle under wraps for a fall intro. We can only hope.




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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Wyatt
here is my comment

Thanks for the info, ScramblerKen.

A Wrangler SUT would be perfect for me!

Small enough to park in city.
Tough enough to go offroad.
Pickup bed can haul loads that the XJ cannot.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
Wyatt,

I too still hope that Jeep produces an SUT version of the Unlimited. I agree, there are so few small pickup trucks left on the market. No one has a small off-road convertible pickup in their line.

There are many rumors going around about the 2005 Wrangler and Unlimited. I did have someone tell me that the SUT version will be available to order come July. There was also mention of calling it the 'Scout'. I also had someone saying he was a Jeep employee was able to order a 2005 Unlimited with a RUBIcon package. Again, these are all rumors, so take them with a grain of salt.

I chatted with a couple of Jeep dealers, and they are all saying that come mid-June, they will be informed about what options/changes will be available for the 2005 model run. Looks like by summer we will know more details.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ha
"BTW- my nurse informs me I am still not dead."

...and still lacking a real sense of humor.

Snore.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
To me, that's great news the I-6 will still be around a little longer. I like the idea of the 6-speed manual too. Any other interesting tid bits CJ Jack? Any possibility the SUT version of the Unlimited might see the light of day? How about a diesel option for the Wrangler?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
The 2005 Wranglers still have the venerable 4.0L I-6. Only the manual transmission has change. Also, the Sahara trim has been discontinued.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: ScramblerKen
Interesting info regarding the 6 speed manual. CJ Jack, sounds like you have some inside info. I'm guessing the old I-6 engine in the Wrangler is also being dropped? My guess is since the 2005 Grand has dropped the I-6 as the base engine, the Wrangler will now get the V-6 from the Liberty. Originally, no major changes were going to happen to the Wrangler until the new model (TK) came out in 2007, but it sounds like things are changing. I also suspect the 6 speed manual is to help increase mileage since the Jeep line lacks any mileage champ to help offset the overall fleet mileage of the Jeep line.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
The 6-speed is the Getrag NSG370, which has been used in Mercedes applications. It will be the standard transmission in the 2005 Liberty Sport and Renegade too.

1st - 4.46
2nd - 2.61
3rd - 1.72
4th - 1.25
5th - 1
6th - .84
Rev - 4.06



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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: CJ Jack
A Concerned Jeep Owner

How about a 6-speed manual on the Unlimited instead? In fact, that's what all 2005 Wranglers will have.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mr. Lee Iacocca
Get a car, get a check.

I mean, I agree that the cartoon is crap. That's not how we sold 22 million K-cars to an unsuspecting public now is it.

By the way I am not dead.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
LAME!!!
spend your $$$ on new Jeep products not producing some stupid cartoon that is just LAME!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
LAME!!!
spend your $$$ on new Jeep products not producing some stupid cartoon that is just LAME!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
LAME!!!
spend your $$$ on new Jeep products not producing some stupid cartoon that is just LAME!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Scrambler Man
here is my comment It's about time !!!!!
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