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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As the train passes different cities and states, Ted points out where they are. Geographical landmarks help illustrate these points: the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Golden Gate Bridge in California.
Positive messages about curiosity and the importance of family and friends. Decent mixture of gender and race representation among cast members.
Positive Role Models
Curious George might have the wits of a toddler, but he sure has a big heart. He tries to reunite his elephant friend, Kayla, with her family in California. The Man with the Yellow Hat (aka Ted) concentrates more on his career than on his loved ones. His priorities change in the end, when he realizes how valuable his friends and family are. Everyone (except for the misguided Mr. Wolf) tries to help each other when their friends are in need of help.
Violence & Scariness
Some perilous scenes where the Man with the Yellow Hat falls from a cliff (but is saved by an elephant), and where he falls out of a moving train. More peril when characters parachute from a plane; nobody is hurt. Mr. Wolf puts handcuffs on George, Kayla, and the Man with the Yellow Hat, and catches Kayla with a net.
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Products & Purchases
Cell phones and gadgets are a mainstay for the adults in the movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! is a stand-alone 2009 sequel to Curious George. Some of the fast-moving train scenes present some perilous moments, but what would a road-trip movie be without a little taste of adventure? The Man with the Yellow Hat falls from a cliff (but is saved by an elephant). More peril when characters parachute from a plane; nobody is hurt. Mr. Wolf puts handcuffs on George, Kayla, and the Man with the Yellow Hat, and catches Kayla with a net. There are some themes of abandonment and separation from family, but everyone is brought together for a happy ending. Positive messages about the importance of family and friends. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Beautifully produced (by Ron Howard and Brian Glazer) and lovingly played, this addition to the Curious George series will please all members of the family. Kids will love the adorable troublemaker, George. Parents will appreciate the self-deprecating humor of Ted ("I've gone from museum director to... boxcar hobo.") While there are some sad moments where abandonment and separation from family might alarm little ones, the reunion at the end of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! gives the impression that good things do happen to good people. Even when those people are little monkeys named George.
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