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Curious George (G)





Release Date: February 10th, 2006 by Universal Pictures.
The Voices: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Dick Van Dyke, Joan Plowright.
Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan.

BASIC PREMISE: Ted (Ferrell), a.k.a. The Man in the Yellow Hat, comes back from the African jungles with a cute monkey and a small ancient statue, which Mr.Bloomsberry (Dyke), a museum owner, exhibits as a much larger statue to the public.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This cute, 2D animated film breezes by with a refreshing boost of comic energy. What makes Curious George well above your average Saturday-morning cartoon is its constant attempts to make you laugh yourself silly and its terrific soundtrack. Itís not as laugh-out-loud as Hoodwinked , though. Anyone can follow the pure and simple plot, but the truly entertaining scenes are the ones with the monkey, a.k.a. George. Resembling a cute baby, George explores his curiosity when he follows Ted around the big city and knocks important things over-i.e. a dinosaur display. Drew Barrymore lends her voice to Tedís potential love interest while David Cross lends his as a museum worker who tries to ruin Tedís reputation. Some of the adult might laugh during the direct references to King Kong when George stands in front of an image-enlarger which makes him appear like a giant ape running through the streets of New York. The colorful animation, although not as eye-popping as the CGI in Shrek , keeps you awake with its vivid colors even if the story seems too silly at times. Itís also worth mentioning that Curious George actually lives up to its G-rating with nothing remotely unsuitable for young kids.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Curious George is so sunny, wholesome and cute that it could even lift a curmudgeonís spirits.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0

IN A NUTSHELL: A breezy, wholesome, and kid-friendly animated feature!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)


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