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What kid can't relate to the constant struggle between following the rules and testing the boundaries.?
Luckily, this movie stays true to the spirit of the classic books and it features a stellar cast, including Drew Barrymare and Will Ferrell. They do fine in their roles.
DO keep in mind that this movie is NOT designed to entertain adults (as Shrek did) There aren't the clever "in" jokes and the animation is a bit strange at times. Also, there are updates such as cell phones (not around when Curious George was created).
But the spirit of the series remains intact. At the theatre where I saw the film, the younger members of the audience were laughing wildly. The older ones weren't nearly as thrilled. It really is aimed at a younger age group.
With those aspects in mind, it'd be the perfect family film for those with young children.
The plot is slightly pointless, but the plot really isn't the point anyway. The real point is how cute George is, and how nice it is to watch him being curious. The songs are sweet and not too loud or jarring. All of mine, from ages 2 up to 7, liked the movie, and it kept their attention without making them anxious. I wish I could give it six stars.
The "man with the yellow hat" (nicely voiced by Will Farrel) is a museum docent who cares passionately about his work and wants to communicate his love of history and the natural world to a disinterested city. It seems that the museum is failing financially, and destined to soon become a parking lot unless he and the owner can come up with a grand new attraction to bring in the money. So the man with the yellow hat buys the latest in adventure clothing and sets out to Africa on a mission to find a gigantic idol for their exhibit. He finds George instead (a very good little monkey, but extremely curious). George stows away on the ship headed back to America, and there he creates a lot of mischief and fun. The man with the yellow hat is at a loss about what to do with his new little friend, but soon learns to appreciate the little monkey and learns from his insatiable curiosity to stop worrying and enjoying life more.
We are Curious George fans (my household includes a 4 and 7-year old to whom I have read these books many times before bed). I thought the movie was sweet and innocent, done in a simpler animation style with soft washes of bright color that stayed fairly true to the feeling of the illustrations from the books. This entranced my four year old: the seven year old was bored, as I might have expected. After all, the books were meant more for the pre-K ages.Read more ›
Ted works at a museum which is about to close its doors due to lack of public interest. The owner's son is all for selling it to build a parking garage, but Ted persuades Mr. Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke) to make a last effort by retrieving a huge idol from the Lost Shrine of Zagawa and displaying it at the museum.
Before he knows it, Ted is outfitted in a yellow suit and is off playing Indiana Jones with a compromised map. There he meets the adorable monkey of the tile, who falls in love with Ted's yellow hat and the game of peek-a-boo. Unfortunately the idol he recovers is slightly smaller than advertised, and he goes home to face the music.
Unfortunately, Mr. Bloomsberry has started the advertising campaign for the giant idol, and Ted finds himself at a loss for words and of course an idol. To compound matters, George has managed to track him across the ocean, and a swinging time follows, as the little monkey can't help but get into trouble.
Lots of laughs and of course a happy ending is a given, but it's a fun ride all the same. A cute and cuddly movie for everyone.
Amanda Richards, August 12, 2006
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Fun movie to watch and listen to. Jack Johnson's tunes make it soothing enough to listen to multiple times without wanting to pull your hair out. Read morePublished 20 days ago by SDS
My son loves it! very educational, came neatly/safely packaged! definitely recommend!Published 24 days ago by Socorro
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