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Curious George 2006

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Will Ferrell stars as The Man in the Yellow Hat, a gentleman who looks after his pet monkey - an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose enthusiasm often gets the best of him.

Starring:
Frank Welker, Will Ferrell
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Matthew O'Callaghan
Starring Frank Welker, Will Ferrell
Supporting actors Shane Baumel, Timyra-Joi Beatty, Eugene Levy, Christopher Chen, Jessie Flower, Dick Van Dyke, Alexander Gould, Terrence Hardy Jr., Hailey Noelle Johnson, Kelsey Lansdowne, Ariel Winter, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Billy West, Jeff Bennett, Michael Chinyamurindi, Michael Sorich, Ed O'Ross
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 10, 2006
As a child, what I loved best about Curious George was his absolute inability to resist temptation, especially if fun was involved. His curiousity got him into all sorts of trouble and I got a vicarious thrill out of watching him get out of trouble and have everything turn out all right, but not without a lot of action and suspense and humor first.

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.
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I thought the movie was a breath of fresh air in an era of overhyped computer-animated "cartoons" full of in-jokes and sarcasm. This was a real cartoon- gently animated, slowly paced, and written for kids. No snarky sarcasm, no annoying talking animals, no ridiculous violence, just a sweet tale told so that it could be enjoyed by all ages. There is nothing to scare a very young child, and children will not come away with rude comments that they learned from it. It is what movies for kids should have always been.

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.
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Curious George is a delightful book and a delightful movie. That the two don't match up very well is a testament to changing times I think, and not because the creators of the movie didn't care about preserving the original. But before I get into that I will review the movie as it stands on its own.

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.
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This is a great movie for the whole family. Simple clean animation and CGI translate the classic story book (taking some liberties) to a format to suit a new generation, with a fantastic soundtrack by Jack Johnson and two popular stars in Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore. One would have thought that Ferrell would have been better off as the monkey, but instead he gets to play the second banana as Ted, the Man in the Yellow Hat. Barrymore plays his love interest, but there ain't much to see in that department.

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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