A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
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 curious and 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.
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Products & Purchases
Curious George is a popular franchise of books, films, TV, and merchandise. Several trailers for other Universal Home Entertainment movies for kids.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest 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.
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