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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.
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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?
- On DVD or streaming: June 23, 2015
- Cast: John Goodman, Angela Bassett
- Director: Phil Weinstein
- Studio: Universal Studios
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Wild animals
- Character strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- Run time: 81 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Seal
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