Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George Music Poster Image
"A" for effort: It could put everyone to sleep.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Good messages about sharing and recycling.

Violence & Scariness

Anti-violence message, if anything.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Squeaky-clean.

Consumerism

Movie tie-in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable on this CD.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeoff. January 13, 2009

Who doesnt like Jack Johnson?

Jack has done so well on this soundtrack, and even after 8 years, hes still got that reggae feel :)
Adult Written byckash April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 28, 2010

Great for all ages!

Wow! This is my all time favorite soundtrack. My two year old cousin LOVES these songs as much as I do. I sang Upside Down for the talent show (forgot the lyric... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

One of the Best CD's ever made!

This is an incredible CD! The songs are intriguing, catchy, and not only are the lyrics completely devoid of language, violence, or innuendo, but they are lyri... Continue reading

What's the story?

No false advertising here -- Jack Johnson's well-intentioned kids' songs are definitely lullabies, to the point that our reviewer nearly fell asleep while listening to SING-A-LONGS AND LULLABIES FOR THE FILM CURIOUS GEORGE. Performed at a consistently loping, medium-tempo pace, the songs do the putting-you-to-sleep job really well, but not before hitting you over the head with sincere messages about \"important stuff.\" For example, heaven knows we need more sharing in this world (\"The Sharing Song\"), and less garbage (\"The 3 R's\" -- for reduce, reuse, and recycle). But most kids we know are likely to respond to catchy tunes, clever lyrics, and a sense of absurdity far more than to dirge-like ballads about the important stuff.

Is it any good?

There's a tedious sameness to the instrumental arrangements and vocal delivery on song after song on this CD. Cameo appearances by Jack's friends, Ben Harper, G. Love, and Matt Costa, provide what little energy there is. But there's no faulting Jack Johnson's intentions, expressed with lyrics like "It's always more fun to share with everyone/It's always more fun to share with everyone." Those listeners who can stay awake will be left with the impression that Jack Johnson is a nice, sincere guy who takes himself pretty darn seriously, but -- as any parent will tell you -- most kids can see through that kind of stuff in a heartbeat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songs' wholesome messages about important issues like sharing and recycling. Older kids can also discuss what this CD has to do with the Curious George movie. Does listening to the CD make them want to see the movie?

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