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Curious George (2006)

A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.
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  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It shouldn't be surprising that curiosity is a major theme. Rambunctious monkey and lonely man learn to appreciate one another's inclination for adventure.

Positive role models

The Man in the Yellow Hat sends George away but ultimately is a loyal friend and caregiver.

Violence & scariness

Slapsticky falls and jumps; monkey antics include painting on apartment walls, stealing and flying away on balloons, projecting himself to look large like King Kong (this leads to chaos in the streets).

Sexy stuff

Some flirting between Ted and Maggie, a kiss at the end.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Obvious Dole plug (crates of fruit marked clearly); Volkswagen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Curious George is a preschooler-friendly movie based on the popular book series. There are some product placements, some flirting, moral ambiguity, and an emotionally-intense scene in which George is removed -- at the Man in the Yellow Hat's request -- by animal control. One man schemes to replace a museum with a profitable parking lot. Ted himself tries to fool the museum patrons with a fraud, something he is not punished for. An apartment building manager roughly chases the monkey from room to room, then evicts Ted, who has to sleep on a park bench that night.

What's the story?

In CURIOUS GEORGE, The Man in the Yellow Hat (named Ted and voiced by Will Ferrell) is in Africa searching for a legendary shrine. If he can bring it back to his American city, his employer Mr. Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke) won't have to close his cash-strapped museum. In the jungle, Ted befriends mischievous monkey George but only finds a small idol and returns to America by ship, unaware that George has stowed away on the vessel. Back in America, Ted tries to hide the truth from Bloomsberry. Though he's briefly distracted by adorable schoolteacher Maggie (Drew Barrymore), Ted spends most of his time chasing after George, who gets into all kinds of trouble by splattering paint throughout Miss Plushbottom's (Joan Plowright) apartment, floating away on zoo balloons, and more. Meanwhile, Junior Bloomsberry (David Cross) plots to tear down the museum and put up a parking lot.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Congenial and colorful, this movie takes its cues from children's animated TV, delivering simple concepts, bright reds and yellows, and a cute-as-can-be monkey. Younger kids will like George, and may recognize the plots of several of the classic books woven into the story.

Adults will probably find Curious George slow going, and kids used to action-packed movies may also get bored. The bottom line: Great monkey -- and some silly monkey business -- but pretty short on plot, and what's there is predictable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they liked about Curious George and if anything scared them. How is this movie similar to and different from the Curious George books or TV show?

  • If you've read the books or seen the TV show, which version do you like best? Why?

  • What makes George so curious? Is he a troublemaker or does he just act like a kid? In what ways is curiosity a character strength?

  • Older kids can talk about how Ted's relationship with George changes -- what does Ted realize George brings to his life? 

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 10, 2006
DVD/Streaming release date:September 26, 2006
Cast:Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy, Will Ferrell
Director:Matthew O'Callaghan
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Wild animals
Character strengths:Curiosity
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all ages

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Parent of a 3, 3, and 5 year old Written bytahoe_trio1 January 27, 2010

wait til 6 or 7, in my opinion

my 5 yr old was scared during much of this movie - why do all the movies have to be built on danger and fear??!! opening scene of kids all bored in museum plants a seed in their mind that they shouldn't enjoy museums....
Adult Written bylisamarshall April 9, 2008

Fun movie, beware "father" messages

Curious George is a bright and colorful movie that my 4 year old enjoyed! There are some fun slap stick moments. I laughed quite a bit. My only concern is that my just turned 4 year old refers to Ted (the man with the yellow hat) as George's Daddy. Apparently, in his little mind, Ted is the father figure. That's fine until Ted has two big animal control guys take George away. My little guy said that "wasn't good." He wasn't too disturbed, but more sensitive kids who might have some abandonment issues already could have trouble here. Also, the museeum owner and his son have some issues. The father makes is clear he doesn't think much of his own son and likes Ted better. It's probably over most kids heads, but something to be aware of. Other than that, it was a good flick. I would recomend it.
Adult Written byLisaMama24 April 9, 2008

Safe for kids of all ages

My boys ages 6 and 3 really liked this, and my husband and were quite pleased as well. So many kids' movies say they are for kids but then have adult humor and content. This stays true to the innocent and sweet source material in the Curious George books. Older kids might be bored, but for little ones, this is a good, safe choice.