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Curious George
- Will Ferrell

Overview - Resisting the temptations that so many recent kids' movies have succumbed to, CURIOUS GEORGE stays true to the innocently playful spirit of the beloved, brilliantly simple children's books by H.A. Rey, eschewing ironic asides, gross-out comedy, and pop culture references.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Resisting the temptations that so many recent kids' movies have succumbed to, CURIOUS GEORGE stays true to the innocently playful spirit of the beloved, brilliantly simple children's books by H.A. Rey, eschewing ironic asides, gross-out comedy, and pop culture references. Barely acknowledging the parents and guardians in the audience, the filmmakers talk directly--and effectively--to their target viewers: young children. And much like the tone and story it complements, the bright and colorful animation is distinctly old-fashioned, paying tribute to the books, appealing to kids, and adding to the movie's retro charms. In the film, the Man in the Yellow Hat (now named Ted) is a geeky museum guide, winningly voiced by Will Ferrell, whose relatively restrained performance here is actually less cartoonish than many of his previous flesh-and-blood roles. He travels to Africa in an attempt to obtain a huge ancient ruin that could save his struggling museum, which the owner's son (the inherently funny David Cross) wants to turn into a more-profitable parking lot. Instead, of course, Ted brings back an adorable, mischievous, childlike monkey (fortunately, George doesn't talk, though his primate chatter is quite expressive), who inadvertently causes all kinds of trouble for him--though there's never much doubt that everything will work out for the best in the end. With the talented voice acting (which also includes Dick Van Dyke, Joan Plowright, and Drew Barrymore as Ted's sweet schoolteacher love interest), the appropriately fun and laid-back music by Jack Johnson, the irresistibly likable character of George himself, and the wisely uncluttered plot, first-time feature director Matthew O'Callaghan achieves the rare feat of successfully and respectfully adapting one of the most popular children's books of all time.

Cast List

Bonne Radford - Producer
Joan Plowright - British Actress, ENCHANTED APRIL
David Kirschner - Producer/Executive
Drew Barrymore - American actress and producer
Jun Falkenstein - Director
Will Ferrell - Actor, ELF/MELINDA AND MELINDA
Eugene Levy - SCTV alumnus
Matthew O'Callaghan
Ron Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronnie Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronny Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
David Cross - Comedian, MR. SHOW
James Whitaker - American DOP\"LET THE DEVIL WEAR BLACK"
Jim Whitaker - American DOP\"LET THE DEVIL WEAR BLACK"

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 88
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192615924
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2017

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Movies > Childrens
Movies > Animated

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Animals
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Theatrical Release: February 10, 2005

Reviews:
"With top-drawer voice talent…and old-fashioned two-dimensional animation that echoes the simple colors and shapes of the books, CURIOUS GEORGE is an unexpected delight" - 02/10/2006 New York Times, p.E10


"[Farrell] turns the Man in the Yellow hat into an affably game science nerd, and Drew Barrymore, as the teacher who has a crush on him, flirts engagingly." -- Grade: B- - 02/17/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.55-56


"[T]he film remains true to the spirit of the series of books....The emphasis is on fun, discovery and education..." - 07/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.49

 
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