Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

 
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George finds mischief in mildly spooky Halloween tale.
  • Review Date: September 30, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 57 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Even mysterious (or scary) events may have a logical explanation.

Positive role models

Characters are considerate and kind to one another. Curious George's guardian (the Man in the Yellow Hat) is responsible and caring; George is appreciative of his guardian and wants to make him happy. Humans are drawn in various shades of cream and brown, with one distinctly Latino man.

Violence & scariness

Very mild cartoon action, no injuries: George plops into a pile of leaves; The Man in the Yellow Hat falls down stairs; George's friend Bill appears to be chased by an army of pumpkins. There are some shadowy and brief spooky effects surrounding a haunted house and The Legend of No Noggin, a headless scarecrow who knocks hats off people.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Curious George is a popular franchise of books, films, TV, and merchandise. Several trailers for other Universal Home Entertainment movies for kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest is a typical franchise entry, fine for preschool kids. The film treats spooky Halloween images (for example, ghosts and spiders) with gentle humor and a very mild "boo" factor. George's friends recall the legend of a headless scarecrow (No Noggin), but even that legend is presented in a way that is not truly suspenseful or frightening. The episode blends several story elements (it's not as linear as most of George's adventures), but the adorable monkey and his world are intact as Halloween is explored and enjoyed by all.

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What's the story?

It's autumn in CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST. Leaves are falling, and the holiday is almost here! George is excited, getting ready for the town Boo Festival, the costume contest, the haunted house, and all the fun. But when George hears the Legend of No Noggin, a headless scarecrow who traditionally arrives for Halloween to kick the hats from everyone's head, the little monkey is intrigued and a little bit scared -- and, as always, CURIOUS! Why doesn't No Noggin have a head? Why does he kick off hats? And why does he only do so at Halloween? George has to find out. At the same time, he desperately wants to come up with a spectacular costume, one that could win the grand prize -- an amazing leaf vacuum George would love to give to The Man with the Yellow Hat. As the holiday gets closer, things get spooky, and George ends up in the middle of a very mysterious adventure.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gently illustrated and well-produced as always, this episode finds the inquisitive monkey in a mildly spooky Halloween adventure. Though there are lots of cute moments and a funny legend with surprising origins, it's the telling of the tale that falls short. The writing is not as linear and clear as most Curious George stories, and the songs are uniform and generic. The episode feels long and, at times, meandering. Still, George is lovable, and Halloween is a favorite time of year -- that may be enough for most preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different kinds of traditional tales. How is a legend different from a fairy tale? A fable? A myth?

  • Why is it fun to dress up in a costume? How does it change you? How does it feel when you're YOU again?

  • Besides eating candy, what are your favorite Halloween activities? Pick an activity and find out how it came to be a Halloween tradition.

Movie details

DVD release date:October 1, 2013
Cast:Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Rino Romano
Directors:Andrei Svislotski, Scott Heming
Studio:Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Holidays
Run time:57 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written bytinkerbellsmom March 25, 2015
 

Cute but Scary

We love the Curious George franchise, but the no-noggin plot was too scary for our preschooler. She talked for days about it after, asking questions about being headless and having your hat knocked off. Usually Curious George is a slam dunk for us, but we had to turn it off half way through. It was silly and cute, as George tends to be, but too scary if your child is sensitive at all to scary/creepy themes.
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