A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The message of the movie is about trying to do something nice for someone you care about. Both George and the Man want to give the other a nice gift to make them happy. In the end, George's gift is heartfelt and emphasizes the importance of the duo's relationship. The Man's gifts for George are material items -- a lot of them -- and while this doesn't follow the typical "being together is the best gift" message, it's realistic, at least. The Italian chef character is pretty stereotypical, though not in any hostile way.
Positive Role Models
All characters are wholly good with no bad intentions. They demonstrate curiosity and gratitude. The Man in the Yellow Hat loves George despite his tendency to make messes, have accidents, and just generally get into clueless trouble.
Violence & Scariness
George engages in semi-dangerous activities, like climbing to the top of a Christmas tree that then knocks down all the trees. In one scene, the Man in the Yellow Hat and his friend accidently start a fire and the fire truck arrives, but it's brief and treated lightly.
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Products & Purchases
Previews include commercials for Sunmaid and Chuck E. Cheese, as well as toy-oriented movies like Barbie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is little to be concerned about in Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. George creates several messes and engages in semi-dangerous activities, like climbing to the top of a Christmas tree that then knocks down all the trees. In one scene, the Man in the Yellow Hat and his friend accidently start a fire and the fire truck arrives, but it's brief and treated lightly. George gets all the toys he wanted for Christmas. The previews include trailers (for two Barbie movies and a semi-violent Bionicle movie), and two commercials -- one for Sunmaid products and one for Chuck E. Cheese. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This Curious George holiday movie includes singing, which fits the holiday theme, but seems slightly out of place. Near the end of Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas the Man in the Yellow Hat falls asleep and has a Christmas Carol-esque vision where a dream-like man shows him scenes of George living alternate lives. It's meant to reassure the Man that he is a good "parent" for George, but it really doesn't fit with the story -- or make much sense.
Curious George might annoy some parents, with the squeaky monkey sounds and rather vanilla storylines, but kids get a kick out of the silly monkey no matter what. This movie is no exception -- there are plenty of giggly moments, like when George tries to make a tomato snowman to please the Man in the Yellow Hat, but ends up making a big ketchup-y mess, or when George's friend makes up funny songs to familiar Christmas carol tunes. It's hard not to like Curious George, even if his antics are predictable.
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