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Curious George (2006)

1 rating: 3.0
Animation and Comedy movie directed by Matthew O'Callaghan

A wild collection of hip actors--from Will Ferrell to Drew Barrymore to David Cross--provide voices forCurious George, based on the classic, gentle children's books. Ted (voiced by Ferrell,Elf) works at a natural history museum that's fallen … see full wiki

Genre: Animation, Comedy
1 review about Curious George (2006)

'Curious George' Forever! For Ages 3-103

  • Sep 27, 2006
Rating:
+3
'Curious George' has captivated children for decades. This child, during the sixties, was enthralled by the heart-warming and heart-breaking tragedy of every scene gone awry by the lovable and incorrigible monkey, George, and his long-suffering companion, Mr. Joe, bka "the man with the yellow hat".

Taken to the screen, it is hard to imagine a better treatment for Margaret and H.E. Ray's classic book series. The story is original, but contains all the familiar elements we have come to know and love. The delivery is episodic, yet a complete story is kept intact at the same time. Mr. Joe (Will Ferrell) is sent by his boss, a museum curator (Dick Van Dyke), to obtain a huge idol on a jungle expedition. The expedition is botched, but the title character tags along the ship ride home. Then, we get what can be called the converse of 'King Kong' in cartoon form. (It is the city rather than the wild acquisition that seems like the monster. The city adventure as George discovers it in his innocence is beautiful!)

The animation is uniquely a fine achievement. No where have I seen anything like it. It has none of the advancement of the sanitized computer graphics, but it doesn't come close to reminding one of Disney, either. The treatment of dark and light with nuances and contrasts and the vibrant colors seems groundbreaking. It is truly impressive. Also, the scenes flow with a pace that should satisfy even the shortest attention span. Jack Johnson's original song soundtrack and the score are playful editions for our viewing occasion. And, while it should be considered a "children's movie"--and boy are we short of them nowadays!--the kid factor should include those of us lucky enough to include ourselves: With the right attributes, some between 3-103! There is some updating and new twists. (Can you imagine what a fifties audience would think of Curious George making a mess with "bathroom tissue" or some of the innocent innuendos that only adults can get?) For those over 13, 'Curious George' won't entertain like 'Shrek,' but it won't bore like a 'Barney' extravaganza, either. (Let's be fair, though, maybe a conceivable 'Barney' movie could be done well. Hollywood has surprised us before.) Anyway, this fast-moving adventure stays true to the pictures, the characters, and the spirit of 'Curious George' with fluid animation that doesn't ever disappoint.

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