Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Fast-paced, engaging sequel is fun for preschoolers.
  • G
  • 2015
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Some space travel; life in the jungle.

Positive Messages

Making new friends; working together; bravery in the face of trouble; being open to new experiences. Themes include curiosity and teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are positive forces, caring and concerned with George's safety. George and the animals he meets in the jungle all are kind and friendly, even if at first they have to win each other's trust.

Violence & Scariness

Very minor suspense when George's space rocket is malfunctioning and he must parachute out; some jungle animals growl at first or appear scary (gorilla, lion) but turn out to be friendly. A storm threatens to flood the jungle.


Part of a popular series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle is an engaging addition to the Curious George franchise. This time, George rockets into space on a one-monkey mission, then goes on to the jungle to save the day. Along the way are the usual mishaps and pratfalls, near-misses, adventures, and new friends that characterize the TV series and other films. There's very minor suspense when George's rocket malfunctions and some jungle animals who appear mildly scary at first but turn out to be friends. The film is fast-paced and family-friendly fun with many positive messages about friendship, trying new things, and working together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBetheniek5 April 2, 2021

Worth a watch

No violence, foul language, or any humor meant for reading between the lines. Things I strongly look for in a movie. This isn't as good as the 2nd one bu... Continue reading
Adult Written bytytttytytyty October 17, 2020

Not totally bad

There is too much relationship with George and Ted in this film, making it my least favorite.
Teen, 13 years old Written byFatty12 December 2, 2020
Why does George live with a man who goes by The Man in the Yellow hat? Sounds sketchy to me.

What's the story?

When Mr. Houston (John Goodman) offers George the chance to travel to space for an important mission to locate an object that will help prevent a problem in the jungle in CURIOUS GEORGE 3: BACK TO THE JUNGLE, he can't refuse. But things soon go haywire, and George must rectify the situation, crash-land, make new friends, and find the loot. Meanwhile, the Man in the Yellow Hat is looking everywhere for him, and everything needs to happen before the big storm hits.

Is it any good?

This is an immensely watchable movie that delivers exactly what you're looking for in a Curious George vehicle. Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle has a fast pace, a mildly suspenseful plot, lots of silly pratfalls and goofs, and lots of warm new friendships along the way. Here, George goes outside his typical New York City stomping ground for some space travel, then to the jungle where he becomes acquainted with jungle life.

This is a no-brainer for toddlers and preschoolers, who will find this movie easy to follow and suspenseful enough to stay engaged, with resolutions that are reassuring and positive. The animation and voice work are solid, and the action is well-paced but broken up with a few musical sequences. Additionally, George must encounter new experiences and solve problems in a new way, which gives viewers a window into making new friends and trying new things in situations that might seem scary at first. There's mild suspense but nothing likely to scare sensitive kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movies about space travel like Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle. Why do you think they're so popular? Would you like to travel to outer space? Why, or why not?

  • Why does George always get into trouble? What could he do to prevent some of these mishaps?

  • Which looks like more fun, space or the jungle? Why?

  • George has new experiences and must solve problems in a new way. How do you handle new places and people?

  • How do the characters in Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle demonstrate curiosity and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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