Curious George

Curious George

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Director: Matthew O'Callaghan

Cast: Matthew O'Callaghan, Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Frank Welker

     
 

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The naughty little monkey from Margret Rey and H.A. Rey's beloved children's stories makes the leap to the big screen in this animated adaptation. Ted (voice of Will Ferrell) is an explorer with a large yellow hat who is good friends with Bloomsberry (voice of Dick Van Dyke), who runs a natural historySee more details below

Overview

The naughty little monkey from Margret Rey and H.A. Rey's beloved children's stories makes the leap to the big screen in this animated adaptation. Ted (voice of Will Ferrell) is an explorer with a large yellow hat who is good friends with Bloomsberry (voice of Dick Van Dyke), who runs a natural history museum. Bloomsberry's greedy son, Bloomsberry Junior (voice of David Cross), wants to tear down his dad's museum and put a parking ramp in its place, but the elder Bloomsberry is convinced that a spectacular new exhibit could save the museum from the wrecking ball. Ted heads to Africa on an expedition to find some special artifacts that will keep his friend in business, but while he's there he befriends a playful monkey he calls George (voice of Frank Welker). While George is friendly, he has a taste for mischief and seems to always get Ted in hot water; Ted thinks he's seen the last of his simian friend when his ship heads back to America, until he discovers that George managed to hide aboard the boat before it set sail. Ted's search for a eye-catching exhibit proved to be a failure, and Ted and his good friend Maggie (voice of Drew Barrymore), a schoolteacher who's sweet on him, struggle to find of a way to save Bloomsberry's museum. But time becomes precious for Ted when George has an entire new city to explore. Curious George features a handful of original songs composed for the film by surfer-turned-singer/songwriter Jack Johnson.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Those who've grown up reading Margret and H. A. Rey's enduring books will be more delighted than disappointed in the feature film debut of the good little monkey who is always curious. The playful George (voiced by Frank "Fred" Welker of Scooby-Doo fame) befriends Ted, an enthusiastic museum guide who has come to Africa in search of an "amazing new exhibit" to save the failing Bloomsberry Museum. Too bad the mythical, long-lost idol of Zagawa for which he is searching turns out to be a paperweight-sized trinket. Ted's life is further complicated by George, who has stowed away on Ted's ship (dubbed the H. A. Rey -- a nice touch). The simian in the city innocently runs riot. In two sequences drawn from the books, he and Ted are carried aloft by a bunch of balloons, and George impulsively paints an opera diva's apartment with a jungle motif. After monkeying around with The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat, the third time's the charm for producer Ron Howard in bringing to the screen a book beloved by generations of readers. The mostly hand-drawn animation is faithful in spirit to the books' illustrations (the end credits replicate scenes from George's literary misadventures). The dialogue is pretty much geared to its target audience, without the self-consciously audience-broadening pop-culture references that glut most of today's animated films. The usually untamed Will Ferrell reins it in as Ted, who becomes the gaudily dressed Man in the Yellow Hat after an ill-informed shopping spree. Drew Barrymore is Wedding Singer-sweet as the elementary school teacher who likes the clueless Ted. Dick Van Dyke is the comical geezer Mr. Bloomsberry, and David Cross is hilariously nasty as his greedy son, who wants to turn the museum into a parking lot. The film avoids a pre-packaged soundtrack of ill-placed pop hits for likable original songs by Jack Johnson. Children, as ever, will go bananas for the adorable and mischievous George, whose innocent curiosity always gets him (and Ted) into trouble.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Bright, gentle, and full of goodwill, this adaptation of the classic Curious George children's books fulfills its contract with the audience. Little kids will enjoy the simple but attractive color scheme, George's playful personality, and the hummable melodies of Jack Johnson's numerous contributions to the soundtrack. This is one of the most thoroughly G-rated movies of its time -- there is not even a suggestion of anything edgy -- but the casting of Will Ferrell and David Cross offers just enough promise of strangeness to keep parents smiling. Thoroughly and entirely pleasant, Curious George avoids the in-your-face attitude and style of so many of its contemporaries, something that helps create a mood that allows children to be drawn into the film at their own speed. The filmmakers respect and reward the curiosity of their youngest audience members, just as they do their title character.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0025192615924
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
12,773

Special Features

Exclusive Jack Johnson music video with sing-along feature!; 15 deleted scenes: even more monkey business!; Monkey around with words: go bananas learning new words!; "Drawn" to George: learn to draw your favorite monkey!; Monkey in motion: see how an animation artist makes George come alive!; Over 10 interactive games and activities: including Banana Hunt, Where's George? and Coloring Sheets

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Ferrell Ted, the Man With the Yellow Hat
Drew Barrymore Maggie
Frank Welker George
Shane Baumel Kid
Timyra-Joi Beatty Kid
Christopher Chen Kid
Christopher Chen Kid
Jessie Flower Kid
Alexander Gould Kid
Terrence Hardy Kid
Hailey Johnson Kid
Kelsey Lansdowne Kid
Ariel Winter Kid
Dick Van Dyke Mr. Bloomsberry
David Cross Bloomsberry Junior
Billy West Manager
Jeff Bennett Salesman
Michael Chinyamurindi Edu
Michael Sorich 'Seen It' Cab Driver
Ed O'Ross Ivan
Joan Plowright Miss Plushbottom
Eugene Levy Clovis
Kath Soucie Animal Control Receptionist
Clint Howard Balloon Man
Kimberly Brooks Voice Only
Wendy Cutler Voice Only
Joey D'Auria Voice Only
Richard Epcar Voice Only
Treva Etienne Voice Only
Eddie Frierson Voice Only
Donald Fullilove Voice Only
Philip Maurice Hayes Voice Only
Bridget Hoffman Voice Only
Rif Hutton Voice Only
Steve Kehela Voice Only
Donna Lynn Leavy Voice Only
Nadia Lewis Voice Only
John Mariano Voice Only
Caitlin McKenna Voice Only
Kerry Michele Voice Only
Juan Pope Voice Only
Jonny Solomon Voice Only
Mandy Steckelberg Voice Only
Fred Tatasciore Voice Only
Alastair King Conductor

Technical Credits
Matthew O'Callaghan Director
Antoine Antin Animator
Steve Baker Animator
David Bernardi Executive Producer
Travis Blaise Animator
Todd Bright Animator
Larry Cariou Animator
May Chang Animator
Perry Chen Animator
Dan Chen Animator
Show Chen Animator
Susan Chen Production Manager
Yarrow Cheney Production Designer
Pierre Chiasson Production Manager
Dae Won Cho Production Manager
Joey Chu Animator
Sandro Cleuzo Animator
Ron Cohee Animator
Odile Comon Animator
Stephen R. Craig Production Manager
Todd Cronin Animator
Jeoen Dejonckheere Animator
Pete Denomme Consultant/advisor
Jean-Sebastien Duclos Animator
Russ Edmonds Animator
Marc Eoche-Cuval Animator
Edison Goncalves Animator
Dax Gordine Animator
Brian Grazer Producer
Cerissa Grieve Animator
Grant Harris Animator
James Hathcock Production Manager
Joe Hernandez Production Manager
Alexandre Hesse Animator
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Wade Hong Animator
Ron Howard Producer
Hsiang Huang Animator
Orma Huang Animator
Michael Huang Animator
John Hurst Animator
Jack Johnson Songwriter
Jens Pindal Animator
Chun Mao Jiang Animator
Mei Ju Animator
Ken Kaufman Original Story,Screenwriter
David Kirschner Producer
Blair Kitchen Animator
Chris Land Animator
Dawson Li Animator
Mike Li Animator
Pearl Li Animator
Cat Lin Animator
Frank Liu Animator
Gin Liu Production Manager
Kezia Ma Animator
Mike MacDougall Animator
Deanna Marsigliese Animator
Satjit Matharu Animator
Branko Mihanovic Animator
Uriel Mimran Animator
Cheryl Murphy Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel O'Sullivan Animator
Shannon Penner Animator
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Pierre Perifel Animator
Bonne Radford Executive Producer
Kim Repka Production Manager
Julie Rogers Editor
Tobias Schwarz Animator
Jon Shapiro Producer
Frog Shi Animator
Bee Shyu Animator
Sean Springer Animator
Mary Thorne Consultant/advisor
Ken Tsumura Executive Producer
Gou Xiong Tu Animator
Lizabeth Velasco Production Manager
Florian Wagner Animator
Nadine Wagner Animator
Mike Werb Original Story
James Whitaker Executive Producer
Danny Yeh Production Manager
Samantha Youssef Animator
Ivan Yu Animator
Eagle Zheng Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Curious George: Widescreen
1. "Upside Down" (Main Titles) [4:03]
2. Struggle for Survival [2:21]
3. An Ancient Idol [5:13]
4. Giant Monkey [3:36]
5. A Size Issue [3:12]
6. "Talk of the Town" [2:53]
7. Lost in the City [3:49]
8. Monkey Business [4:59]
9. Caught Red-Handed [4:49]
10. Our Hero [5:40]
11. Animal Control [5:28]
12. At the Zoo [5:16]
13. Big Idea [4:58]
14. "Jungle Gym" [2:35]
15. Closed Forever [3:08]
16. George Is Gone [5:50]
17. Back to Africa [3:55]
18. Finding Zagawa [1:47]
19. The Next Adventure [3:38]
20. End Titles [9:18]

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