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Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey (2009)

Curious George  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Curious George
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028RY4LE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Curious George's Cross Country Caper Game
  • "Hold On, Here We Go" Music Video
  • Bonus TV Episodes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Young children, and monkeys, thrive when they enjoy a close relationship with their families and caregivers, but their innate sense of curiosity is bound to get these young members of society into trouble from time to time. In Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, the Man with the Yellow Hat (Ted) is up for a promotion to museum director at the Bloomsberry museum--all he has to do is convince the board of directors that he's the best man for the job. As Ted focuses in on his priorities for the museum's future, some gentle prodding from his monkey George and woman friend Maggie remind him that those you care about need to be high on one's priority list as well. A trip to Piccadilly's circus seems like just what George, Maggie, and Ted need, but when Ted "volunteers" for a magic trick that goes terribly wrong, George and the circus's elephant Kayla wind up missing. What ensues is a perilous and adventure-filled cross-country train chase that ends with an insightful lesson about the importance of family, perseverance, and doing what's right. The great thing about this film is that the animators have preserved the simple, colorful style of the original book illustrations for Margret and H. A. Rey's Curious George, while adding in some distinctly modern touches. Also, the voice talent, music, and script are very effective at re-creating the tone of the books. There are, however, two starkly strange elements in this film: the private investigator character Danno Wolfe and the television reporter Hark Hanson. Perhaps the introduction of these characters was just another attempt to modernize the story, but the cynical detective and sensationalist television personality seem completely out of place in the innocent world of Curious George. Nonetheless, toddlers, young children, and even their parents can't help but delight in the simple antics of this very curious monkey named George and his caregiver the Man with the Yellow Hat. --Tami Horiuchi

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    The world’s most beloved and inquisitive monkey is back in Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, the fun-filled sequel to the hit animated movie. Join Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they set out on a madcap cross-country adventure to reunite Kayla, a homesick elephant, with her family. This unlikely trio faces all types of comic calamities and colorful characters and in the end learn that with family, friends and determination you can achieve anything. Featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Matt Lauer, Jamie Kennedy and Jerry Lewis, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, “proves that family, friends—and curiosity—are number one.” (Francine Brokaw, Los Angeles Family Magazine)

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    24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    The popular curious monkey is back once again in another adventure along with Ted and a new friend named Kayla in a cross-country adventure filled with action and humor!

    With the success of the first "Curious George" film back in 2006, the popular character from the children stories by H.A. and Margret Rey makes his return to the sequel "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey" in a direct-to-DVD release (note: the film made its world premiere last Summer in several countries) from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

    In "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey", Mr. Bloombsberry wants Ted (played by Jeff Bennett) to become the next museum director. Excited about his job, he now needs to impress the museum's Board of Director's and has been too busy focusing on his work. With the Piccadilly Circus coming to town, George wants Ted to take him to the circus and Maggie wants Ted to spend more time with her. But he is too focused on working on his presentation.

    But nevertheless, he feels he does owe it to George to take him to the Piccadilly Circus and somehow, the two get selected to go up on stage by the magician Piccadilly (played by Tim Curry). But George as curious as ever, ends up at the bottom of the stage and meets a new friend named Kayla, an elephant from the circus who has the talent of juggling and ends up breaking him out of the circus. Government investigators led by Danno Wolfe (played by Jamie Kennedy) are called in to find out on what happened to Kayla the elephant and why its missing. Meanwhile, George is missing as well.

    George and Kayla end up walking through the city together with George taking back Kayla to his home.
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    55 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Mature Themes March 6, 2010
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    This movie is a direct sequel to the Curious George movie and has some of the same characters, such as Ivan the Doorman and Mr. Bloomsbury, the owner of the museum. The Man With The Yellow Hat is voiced by the same person who voices the character in the PBS series.

    As a parent, I am extremely disappointed in this sequel. What kind of kids' movie mentions *murder* and has a *kidnapping* theme??? There isn't an actual murder, but why bring it up so little kids can ask about that word? (It's brought up by the security guy character, voiced by Jamie Kennedy, who is investigating the disappearance of a circus elephant)

    Unlike the PBS series, The Man With The Yellow Hat does not keep his cool or patience. He yells at George and freaks out several times.

    There is not nearly enough George and way too much of The Man freaking out and of Matt Lauer reporting on an elephant kidnapping. The character the kids love in this series is George, yet you'd think he was a supporting character with how little we see of him and his antics.

    We loved the original movie and adore the PBS series, but I do not recommend this movie.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Why this movie is the best ever...according to my 2yo October 28, 2011
    You're probably looking at this b/c you've got kids, so you don't have extra time. Let's start.

    1) There's a monkey. Not just any monkey, tho, it's Curious George, whom my 2yo loves to watch on PBS during the week. Although just any monkey might have sufficed. Hard to say.

    2) There's an elephant...who appears out of a BUBBLE. My 2yo loves elephants & blowing bubbles. Combining the two simply results in the most fabulous concept ever. Period. (To add to it, eventually there are THREE elephants!)

    3) There's a train, & the monkey & elephant ride on it. My 2yo LOVES trains.

    So, as you can see, the above results in the toddler trifecta for the perfect movie ever least for my 2yo.

    Here's why I can stand it.

    1) I've always loved Curious George, & this is a not-annoying cartoon sequel, unlike what the Disney franchise likes to crank out.

    2) The music is surprisingly decent, even borderline good. I find myself singing along while my 2yo is watching.

    3) It is the ONLY thing (indoors) that will hold my toddler's attention for longer than 15 mins. Not even Legos or Sesame Street can boast that accomplishment.

    4) It's available on Netflix streaming (as of the time of this review). Um...awesome.

    5) The bad guys aren't really bad...just socially awkward & perhaps lacking some intelligence.

    6) "Scary" things happen, but my toddler knows that it will be resolved satisfactorily, so she doesn't get scared. There's no death or heavy emotional challenges. No trauma (unlike Disney, again).

    7) And there's no romance! I really appreciate that. I get tired of children's movies feeling a romantic element is necessary on some scale. Not all do it, but enough do that it gets annoying.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Curious George 2 - The Fun Continues! March 2, 2010
    Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey is a fantastic follow up to the 2006 original. Curious George meets a new friend, Kayla, a homesick elephant who wants to see her family again. Together, with the Man in the Yellow Hat, they embark on a cross-country adventure where comedy and adventure ensue. I thoroughly enjoyed George's new adventure. I would even say I enjoyed this movie more than the original. The animation is bright, vivid and fluid. Carbon Leaf who provided the songs for this sequel fit harmoniously with the story and the world of Curious George. The highlight of the soundtrack is "The Friendship Song" when George and Kayla first meet. The voice actors do a nice job giving life to these wonderful characters; you just can't help but smile when hearing George's coos. I HIGHLY recommend any fan of Curious George, family movies, and/or animation to add Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey into their collection. Hopefully we will continue to see our favorite curious little monkey on many more big adventures.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good movie, my son loves watching George.
    Published 17 days ago by Matt
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie!
    Great movie! Graphics and story were really good! Gotta love Curious George!
    Published 25 days ago by swanau
    5.0 out of 5 stars I like watching it too
    my two year old LOVES this movie! I like watching it too. Sweet story and lots of animals. Perfect for a kid that loves monkeys and elephants!
    Published 1 month ago by leo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of my boys new favorites!
    Published 1 month ago by Christopher Stinson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Lame movie. Stick with the first one.
    Published 2 months ago by Mother
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not a great story line & wasn't easy for him to follow
    My son (he's 3) LOVES the TV show and the Swing Into Spring & Christmas Monkey movies. This one didn't keep his attention very long. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Dia Martori
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simply marvelous
    What a prefect sequel to the first George movie, I almost think it might be a little better, found out that man in yellow hat has a name
    Published 2 months ago by justin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    My 3 year old son and I love this movie. This was our first time using Amazon to watch movies.
    Published 2 months ago by Ryon F.
    5.0 out of 5 stars fun
    My kids love the movie. They have part one and now they have both movie. They try to talk in the monkey.
    Published 2 months ago by amador
    5.0 out of 5 stars one of my sons favorite curious george videos
    one of my sons favorite curious george videos. he also likes one about the zoo where it takes curious george all day to get to the zoo on the subway system. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by ALLI CAT
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