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Parents need to know that Curious George: Swings into Spring is a feature-length movie that introduces preschoolers to nature's changes in spring through music and the notorious little monkey's antics. George's knack for trouble leads him into a mishap, but his motivations are positive and reflect themes of friendship and compassion. This story is a great way to start a dialogue about science and nature and follow up with an exploration of nature's changes in your own backyard.
What's the story?
Spring has sprung, and everywhere you look, there are signs of it in CURIOUS GEORGE: SWINGS INTO SPRING. Flower blossoms, baby animals, and a happy sense of spring fever have Curious George (voiced by Frank Welker) whistling a happy tune, but when he notices that the feeling isn't shared by his friend Hundley (Lex Lang), he sets out to show Hundley why springtime is so joyful, especially in the country. Unfortunately, Hundley gets lost along the way, and George accidentally sets loose a parade of hot-air balloons in an attempt to find his friend. Can The Man with the Yellow Hat (Jeff Bennett) and their friends come to George's rescue in time to save the day for everyone?
Is it any good?
This movie captures the essence of spring fever in the joyful little monkey who's never lacking for adventure. In this story, George has his sights set on creating an adventure that's sure to bring happiness to his best dachshund pal, and it's this high ambition that leads him into his trademark mischief. It's worth taking the opportunity to remind your kids that George's actions would have very different results in the real world than what they see in this light movie, but also draw their attention to how he proves himself a true friend in the process.
With its engaging music, bright animation, and cast of lively supporting characters, Curious George: Swings into Spring is sure to delight preschoolers. What's more, the movie exposes them to the concept of seasonal change and springtime's telltale signs, all of which you can support by going on an outdoor adventure of your own.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the changing seasons. What signs do you see around your home in the spring? What about the other three seasons? Which is your favorite season? Why are all of the seasons important to plants and animals?
Kids: What mishap befalls George in Swings into Spring? How does he handle it? Who helps him? Who do you go to when you're in a tough spot?
Why do you think Curious George is such a popular character? Do you like his books, too? How do the stories in the books compare to those on TV? What do you learn from George's adventures?
- On DVD or streaming: March 12, 2013
- Cast: Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Lex Lang
- Directors: Andrei Svislotski, Scott Heming
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Book Characters, Friendship, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Curiosity
- Run time: 57 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
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