Curious George

Curious George

Matthew O'Callaghan (2006)

83min
U Certificate
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Margret and HA Rey's mischievous monkey creation leaps onto the big screen in this animated reworking of the classic children's books. A short and sunny confection aimed at the under-sevens, it explores how jungle-dwelling George ends up in the big city, after becoming fascinated with Ted, "The Man with the Yellow Hat" (voiced by Will Ferrell), a museum guide hunting for an ancient idol to save his workplace from closure. Though the tale has been updated for contemporary audiences - with sabotage, unnecessary romance and even a King Kong homage added to beef up the wafer-thin narrative - the original spirit of the books remains. So, while vibrantly hued visuals make the speechless critter look cuter than on the page, it's still his inquisitive mishaps that are the main attraction. Older viewers may find the overt simplicity boring and old-fashioned, but for most converts the only complaint will be that Ferrell's unfunny character ultimately gets a larger role than lovable George.

Summary

A museum guide takes a trip to the jungle in search of a priceless ancient artefact. Instead, he returns home with a mischievous monkey, whose natural curiosity gets him into all kinds of trouble in the big city. Animated adventure based on the series of children's books, with the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Frank Welker, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright and Dick Van Dyke.

Cast & Crew

Ted, the Man with the Yellow Hat Will Ferrell
Maggie Drew Barrymore
Bloomsberry Jr David Cross (2)
Clovis Eugene Levy
Miss Plushbottom Joan Plowright
Bloomsberry Dick Van Dyke
George Frank Welker
Director Matthew O'Callaghan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 26 May 2006

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