Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Cross-country caper with mild peril is OK for preschoolers.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

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

Positive messages about curiosity and the importance of family and friends. Decent mixture of gender and race representation among cast members.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Cell phones and gadgets are a mainstay for the adults in the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byKieran R. April 30, 2020

Too much peril for a G Rated film, should have been PG!

When I read this review, it said there is mild peril OK for pre-schoolers. But I think that too much peril is not OK for preschoolers.

This film was rated U by... Continue reading
Parent Written byLKinBC August 10, 2012

Lots of funny moments to make the kids smile. Awesome movie.

This is one of the few times that the sequel is as good as the original. My kids (3 & 5) love this movie and have watched it over and over. Worry free,... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 16, 2020
Kid, 8 years old June 18, 2016

Great

Postitive messages-5
Postitive role models-5
Violence -3
Sex-0
Language-0
Consumerism-0
Drinking-0

Title says the rest

What's the story?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

  • Curious George sometimes gets into his trouble because of his curiosity. What is good about being curious? What things are you curious about? Why is curiosity an important character strength?

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