Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment bring Curious George, the original “monkey see, monkey do” chimp, to the screen in an all-new animated adventure based upon the beloved tales that have been enchanting readers for more than 60 years. George, the inquisitive little guy with an insatiable taste for adventure, sets off in a brand new tale for the big screen, where his spunky and fun-loving nature endears him to new friends he meets along the way and, of course, lands him in a series of misadventures.
Originally published in 1941, the book has never been out of print since. Authors H. A. Rey and his wife Margret, creative partners who fled Europe during the Nazi occupation and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wrote the original seven Curious George tales. In 1998 Houghton-Mifflin began publishing new Curious George adventures and continues to release new titles and formats. Curious George titles have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and have been published in 17 languages, making the little monkey who left the jungle with the man in the yellow hat one of the best-selling and most enduring characters in children’s literature. His misadventures are great fun for kids of all ages.
This is a delightful movie. It made me laugh and I haven’t been a kid in quite some time! They don’t make ’em like this anymore. George’s antics are comical, although he never intentionally gets into trouble. For example, he gets hold of too many balloons at once and is soon airborne, with the man in the yellow hat trying to figure out how to rescue him. The animation is reminiscent of animated films from the 40’s. In addition, the animation resembles the book illustrations and gives it an “old fashioned” look in a good way. Homage is paid to the creator of “Curious George,” as a ship the man in the yellow hat travels on is named The H.A. Rey.
From this film we learn how George got his name and we also learn the first name of the man in the yellow hat. Personally, I think this ranks up there with the “Toy Story” films in its execution of story, animation, and innocence. And there are a few “inside” jokes for adults too. When you throw in the voice talents of Dick Van Dyke, Joan Plowright, Drew Barrymore, and Will Ferrell, you have what could become a classic. This one is family friendly all the way, and we are proud to award “Curious George” 5 Doves.