Curious George

  • U
  • Matthew O'Callaghan (2006)
  • US
  • 83 min
Curious George
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Animated comedy adventure featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore. When museum guide Ted learns that his workplace faces closure, he travels to Africa to locate an idol for a fantastic new exhibition. But things don't quite go to plan, especially when a monkey he befriends stows away and follows him back to the big city...

Cast and crew


Ted, the Man with the Yellow Hat
Will Ferrell
Drew Barrymore
Bloomsberry Jr
David Cross (2)
Eugene Levy
Miss Plushbottom
Joan Plowright
Dick Van Dyke
Frank Welker


Matthew O'Callaghan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD
Released 26 May 2006
Certificate U