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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.
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IN CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY! Curious George (voiced by Frank Welker) has a wish: he wants to go to the Picadilly Circus. Once he gets his friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat, or Ted, as his human friends call him (voiced by Jeff Bennett), to take him to the circus, he befriends an elephant named Kayla, whom he decides to take home to her family in California. Of course, the circus ringleader, Mr. Picadilly (Tim Curry) is aghast that his elephant has escaped, and Ted is terrified that Curious George has gotten in over his head. George has figured out how to get Kayla on a train to California, and the two of them begin an adventurous ride across the country. But it's not fun-and-games for Mr. Wolf (Jamie Kennedy), the head of security of the theatre from which Kayla was taken. He turns George's innocent adventure into a full-scale kidnapping fiasco, alerting news agencies and police across the nation. How can Ted save the day, while saving his job? Can Kayla find her family? Will George get in trouble? Have fun finding out!
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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Families can talk about road trips. Have you ever been on a road trip? Was it anything like Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!? If you could go on a road trip anywhere, where would you go? Why?
When Curious George and his friend Kayla get hungry, they reach for fruit, nuts, and fresh bread. Young viewers are bombarded with junk food promotion. What healthy snacks do you like?
How does this movie compare with other Curious George movies or shows you've seen or books you've read?
- In theaters: February 6, 2010
- On DVD or streaming: March 2, 2010
- Cast: Frank Welker, Jamie Kennedy, Tim Curry
- Director: Norton Virgien
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Book Characters, Wild Animals
- Character strengths: Curiosity
- Run time: 81 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: May 21, 2021
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