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Parents need to know that George's curiosity is contagious and will probably encourage preschoolers who watch Curious George to explore their surrounding in similar ways. That's great, but it also means that little ones need to be cautioned about certain things George does that may actually be dangerous in real life (even though they're treated with humor on the show). A little parental guidance should steer them in the right direction.
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Based on the classic children's books by Margret and H.A. Rey and narrated by William H. Macy, the animated series CURIOUS GEORGE follows the adventures of the world's most famous monkey, who's notorious for an insatiable curiosity that almost invariably gets him into trouble. With the help and guidance of his best friend and mentor, The Man in the Yellow Hat, and other pals such as Chef Pisghetti, Hundley the dachsund, Gnocchi the cat, Jumpy the squirrel, Professor Wiseman (who runs the Science Museum) and a teenager named Bill, George (voiced by Frank Welker) sets out each day to discover new things -- such as how a clock works or what makes a boat stay afloat -- which often turn into humorous misadventures. Episodes often show George cleverly and systematically solving a problem or mystery; when Chef Pisghetti suspects Gnocchi of scratching up the restaurant seats, George sets about proving Gnocchi's innocence by comparing the length and depth of Gnocchi's scratches on the door to those of the scratches on the seats. Each animated segment is followed by a live-action segment that features real kids exploring an aspect of the story -- such as making and flying a kite (following George's fly-away kite adventure) or visiting a discovery museum to find out how certain devices or machines work.
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Witty and clever,
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Families can talk about each of George's adventures in Curious George. What did he explore or discover? What was the result? Did his curiosity get him into trouble in this episode? If so, how did he solve his problem? Did he use self-control?
What did George learn? What did you learn that you didn't know before? What do you think would happen to George in the real world?
- Premiere date: September 4, 2006
- Cast: Frank Welker, William H. Macy
- Network: PBS Kids
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Friendship, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Curiosity, Empathy, Self-control
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
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