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Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

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Sweet, funny holiday fare with familiar, loveable monkey.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: October 31, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 58 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

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. 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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Previews include commercials for Sunmaid and Chuck E. Cheese, as well as toy-oriented movies like Barbie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is little to be concerned about in this holiday movie. 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.

What's the story?

Curious George is looking forward to Christmas with all the anticipation of a young child. He wakes the Man in the Yellow Hat every morning at 5 a.m. to ask if today's the day. As the days pass, George and the Man prepare for Christmas by shopping for a tree, writing cards, buying a turkey and singing in a holiday pageant. The usual monkey antics ensue where George knocks down all the trees at the Christmas tree lot, and breaks the snow-maker at the museum, but his accidents are easily resolved. But as the holiday gets closer, both the monkey and the man worry about what to get for the other.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

This George movie includes singing, which fits the holiday theme, but seems slightly out of place for some reason. Also, near the end of the movie 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about getting gifts on holidays. What have you found to be the best gifts to give? What are the best kind of gifts to receive? Have you ever made gifts instead of buying them? What about giving someone something like a song, like George's friend does for her aunt?

  • What's the difference between George and the dog in the lobby? How are their personailities different? How does the way they treat their Christmas trees illustrate their likes and dislikes? Who are you more like -- George or the lobby dog?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 13, 2009
Cast:Cathy Malkasian, Jeff McGrath, Scott Heming
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Character strengths:Curiosity, Gratitude
Run time:58 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written byZePineapple December 18, 2013

Curious George!

This is my favorite movie - not even joking. I just love Curious George so much.
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Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written byFun with sense November 27, 2013

Great for big kids as well as preschool kids-- and Moms too...

Funny and filled with great messages-- and that's from a 10 year old boy and an 8 year old girl! Curious George is entertaining for large and small kids. I even enjoyed it as a Mom. No commercialism and great social messages.
Educator and Parent Written bymamacita135 September 29, 2012

We love George!

This is my son's favorite movie! We love that this movie has a fun story line, cute music, absolutely no scary or sad parts, and our favorite monkey; George!
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