While on a mission in Africa, museum tour guide Ted is befriended by a mischievous little monkey who follows him back to New York City.
The beloved children's book character makes his big-screen debut in this animated tale of friendship and monkey business. Staying true to the classic books, the movie has a gentle, simple feel that will appeal to George's old fans and attract many new ones. Ted, known in the book only as The Man With the Yellow Hat, sums up the philosophy of the stories when he tells museumgoers, "The real way to learn anything is to go out and experience it, and let your curiosity lead you." That's something young kids will be more than happy to do.
Although wide-eyed George is irresistible, most babies and toddlers won't be able to sit through the almost hour and a half long movie. They'll laugh at George's antics, especially when he hides under Ted's hat, plays peek-a-book with Ted, and when he paints a smiley face on an elephant, but they won't be interested in the movie's subplots: the museum owner's son tries to sabotage Ted's mission and a teacher falls in love with Ted.
Preschoolers should relate to George's boundless energy and the pleasure he takes in simple activities such as unraveling rolls of toilet paper. They'll share his joy and wonder at fireflies and may try to "monkey" the way he swallows one to make his own tongue light up! Three- to five-year- olds will think it's funny when Ted asks George to pass him a pink balloon, he gives him a green one, and Ted says, "That's close enough." They'll find the loving relationship between George and Ted very comforting and will understand why Ted's big hat is so important to George.
Most kids in this age group will find the movie too babyish, but kids on the younger end may enjoy seeing some of their favorite Curious George adventures come to life. Kids will laugh when Ted yells at a man, "You don't give a monkey a latte!" Some may even pick up on the inside joke that the boat on which George and Ted travel is named "H.A. Rey" after the author of the books.