2009 59 min G Kids & Family, Fantasy, Animation, Comedy, Kids TV Movie. All rights reserved.
The film led to an ongoing animated series for George on the PBS Kids channel, which reverted more towards the look of the Reys’ original books and for its content, and the development of a sequel, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, though its whereabouts seem to be lost in limbo.
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey. Just as pleasing in terms of reproduction is the Dolby surround soundtrack, though it’s the actual production values that sometimes disappoint, mostly in the synthesized music. When The Man In The Yellow Hat befriends Curious George in the jungle, they set off on a non-stop, fun-filled journey through the wonders of the big city toward the warmth of true friendship. No matter, since the video has all the space it needs to breathe, and the digitally produced progressive image is nigh on perfect for DVD without one spot of compression noticed. Your choice will be averaged with the other votes to calculate the AV Readers' Score. Apple Inc. 4+ Starring Jeff McNeal, Tim Curry, Jamie Kennedy. Spoiled by the rise to two (or more!) Imagine Entertainment/Universal Studios Home Entertainment (October 13 2009), single disc, 57 mins plus supplements, 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1, Not Rated, Retail: $19.98. Director Norton Virgien. The film led to an ongoing animated series for George on the PBS Kids channel, which reverted more towards the look of the Reys’ original books and for its content, and the development of a sequel, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, though its whereabouts seem to be lost in limbo. Click or tap the score bar to select your rating.
Until that point, Universal’s commitment to animation had shown a spotty track record, abandoning cartoon shorts after Walter Lantz’ Woody Woodpecker and friends shut up shop, and only dipping a toe in the waters via their association with Steven Spielberg, who produced Don Bluth’s An American Tail and The Land Before Time pictures and launched the Amblimation studio that only amounted to a handful of releases.
All Rights Reserved. The result is a slight but highly pleasing return visit to George’s ultra soft and sweet world that should entertain younger children and give their parents something to sit and laugh at with them too.
Parents can be assured that their youngest will find an hour of decent quality enjoyment and clearly signposted storytelling in A Very Monkey Christmas.
Although Disney’s well-promoted release of The Princess And The Frog has done well to make an argument for good quality theatrical hand drawn animation, it’s all too easy to forget that the medium hasn’t actually been that dormant on big screens in the past few years. Back in Walt’s time, features came only every once every couple of years, and sometimes went just as long as the four year gap between 2005’s Home On The Range and Frog’s debut this year, and that doesn’t even count the fact that animation has remained as prevalent as ever, even if it’s created in a different technique. As such, this Monkey Christmas is a well crafted introduction to George and animation in general for very young children.
"Buckle up for this amusing, exciting and hilarious adventure" (Janet Stokes, Film Advisory Board, Inc.) with everyone's favorite inquisitive little monkey! Originally scheduled for 2009, if a theatrical release did come, then it went quickly after, and even the home entertainment listings are iffy on a definite release this year or next. ® and © 2009 Universal Studios and/or HMH. Original content © 2003-2020 Animated Views. Although the sleeve notes this is a “dual layer format” disc, I couldn’t see the need for that given that the total of the video content is just over an hour and, indeed, it seems that this is a misprint. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. The creative backgrounds especially provide something to look at even if George’s attempts to find the perfect gift for Ted can sometimes feel a little episodic, and a smattering of hummable songs and measured vocal performances (by Frank Welker as George, Jeff Bennett and Jim Cummings among others) are refreshing in this day and age of over-stimulated shouty voices. It's available to watch on TV, online, tablets, phone. The gentle tone, surprisingly amusing script, spirited but not annoying vocal talents and solid cartooning led to a very sweet film which reminded me a lot of the original Winnie The Pooh featurettes (even the otherwise clunker-plug for Volkswagen cars can be begrudgingly overlooked for the way they integrated the design into George’s world). It’s true that Universal had been all too happy to churn out cookie-cutter “sequels” to The Land Before Time over and over again, perhaps being more accusable of Disney themselves for developing the “cheapquel” market – but arguably kick-starting the Studio’s current interest in theatrical feature animation was Curious George, another collaboration, this time with Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. 4 / 5 stars 63%. Even the big Disney renaissance of the 1990s, during which it seemed almost every other studio attempted to grab some of the animation market, didn’t get Universal jumping in with both feet, and it’s only really been the emergence of CGI recently that has gotten them excited – and even that’s usually only through their independent label Focus Features. Disney’s new Princess makes a big play for the fact that it’s “the return” of the medium, but it never really went away. Cookie Warning Here we find George and Ted (as The Man With The Yellow Hat is named in the film) counting down the days until Christmas, decorating the house and having some festive fun while each one is hiding the fact that they can’t decide on what to give the other for a present!
This quasi-feature retains the charm of the original books and, though not as elaborately budgeted as the theatrical movie, the production values are more elaborate than George’s television outings.
Copyright © 2020 The old-school charm in the animation again recalls the simpler look of the Pooh cartoons, and although A Very Monkey Christmas isn’t as CG enhanced as George’s big theatrical outing, the actual cartooning is accomplished and retains a storybook quality that genuinely feels like the pages of a George book has come to life with a higher level of quality to either George’s PBS Kids’ show or even some of the more recent Pooh television endeavors. The disc opens with previews for a handful of other Universal-distributed animated titles, the first two of which needn’t make for any wish-lists soon, starting with Barbie in A Christmas Carol, “an all-new holiday classic that you family will enjoy year after year”, though I could recommend at least 50 other versions that would top having to sit through this. Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! It’s very cute. (540) IMDb 5.6 1h 20min 2009 X-Ray G. Curious George is back in an all-new feature-length movie!
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