Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
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During this time, George is trying to decide on the perfect gift to make for The Man w/the Yellow Hat. George's creations end in messes and disappointment until he figures out exactly what to give The Man w/the Yellow Hat.
In December 2009, this DVD was purchased for Sophie, our granddaughter. The animated presentation had pretty scenes of a city in December snow, and a nice trip to the country to get a Christmas tree, and baking Christmas cookies and so many other Christmas traditions, all nicely animated.
But, now it is June 2010, and when we babysit Sophie (22 months old), she always selects the yellow case holding this DVD. So, of course, we have to play the animated movie for her, and our little girl dances to the song, "A Very Monkey Christmas", putting her arms in the air to follow the characters on the screen. She also tries to hum along with the initial Christmas song:
"Are you ready for Christmas Day to come?"
"Sing it with me, or if you're a monkey, `Hum'".
My wife, a retired school teacher, says that George the Monkey uses non-verbal communication, pointing at objects and making monkey sounds, which appeals to young children. When children are just learning to speak, they seem to be able to follow and enjoy the antics of George the Monkey. The colors, the songs and the plot probably will appeal to older children. As for me, I liked the portrayal of a city in a snowy December, and the method the Man In the Yellow Hat uses to instill some sense of patience in the little monkey. The songs are novel and interesting, and low enough so that an old grandfather can sing along. Watch the light decorations light up as George and The Man In The Yellow Hat walk away after they donate some bills to the Santa ringing the bell.
The parallel story line, however, is sweet. The MYH asks George to surprise him with a gift. George has a hard time, hoping for a flying car or other things that don't exist, but he finally ends up making a present -- a series of drawings showing all the fun Christmas things he and the MYH did, like picking out and decorating a tree, doing a Christmas show, eating special Christmas foods, etc. "We sure had a lot of fun this month," the MYH says, looking over the pictorial Christmas record that George made. This part of the movie I really like. But I think the presents that the MYH buys for George overshadow this sweeter gift.Read more ›
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Both my sons love George. 7 and 2. Not a big fan of singing in movies which they do in this one but overall it was very cute moviePublished 17 days ago by April
Curious George is great! I love watching these even without my kids.Published 20 days ago by Stdymphna8
How can you ever go wrong with grandchildren and curious George. George is just as charming as ever.Published 1 month ago by Susan
My daughter loves it, and so do I. We love it together, and that is worth the price of admission any day. Hell, my teen-aged son loves George too; but he won't admit it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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