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Curious George (Widescreen Edition)
Curious George
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy, Frank Welker, Shane Baumel
Director: Matthew O'Callaghan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
G     2006     1hr 26min

"Buckle up for this amusing, exciting and hilarious adventure" (Janet Stokes, Film Advisory Board, Inc.) with everyone's favorite inquisitive little monkey! When The Man In The Yellow Hat befriends Curious George in the ju...  more »

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Actors: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy, Frank Welker, Shane Baumel
Director: Matthew O'Callaghan
Creators: Bonne Radford, David Bernardi, David Kirschner, H.A. Rey, Ken Kaufman, Margret Rey, Mike Werb
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation, Animation, 3-6 Years, Comedy, Animation
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/26/2006
Original Release Date: 02/10/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 02/10/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Brian S. from DESTIN, FL
Reviewed on 8/4/2012...
George is just good clean fun for kids and I have to say I like it too. A+
Emilie S. from HEYWORTH, IL
Reviewed on 11/8/2011...
We LOVE this movie! And great music.
Kellie G. from CEDAR CITY, UT
Reviewed on 2/7/2011...
We absolutely love this movie! I got this for my kids because I thought it would be a movie that both my daughter and sons would enjoy- and they do. It's a super cute story, with a relatively easy to follow story line. Highly recommended!
Reviewed on 1/14/2010...
GREAT movie for children. My daughter is 2 and she loves it. No scary parts.

Movie Reviews

Fine Family entertainment about a monkey kids can relate to
K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 02/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Sweet and Splendid
A. Ryan | Westminster, CA USA | 02/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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.

Speaking of innocence, you might have guessed from my summary that the movie took HUGE liberties with the plot. In its defense, imagine movie audiences of today reacting to some guy showing up in Africa, dropping a monkey into a sack and hauling him off to America to live in his house largely unsupervised. Then imagine that the monkey accidentally dials the Fire Department, which shows up and arrests him for false alarm, taking him to a prison infested with rats. When the books were written what, 50 years ago? this may have seemed more plausible. Not today, by a long shot! So you see how there had to be a major rewrite for this to work as a movie in 2006.

I thought this was a fun film to see with your 2-5 year old child, but perhaps too simple for older kids unless they are rabid Curious George fans to begin with. We will probably rent or buy the DVD when it becomes available later this year.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
NIce, sweet, appropriate for younger kids
L. Fullerton-Shepherd | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."