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Ted goes shopping for the proper gear and clothing, including a bright yellow safari outfit and matching hat. He is going to Africa in search of a gigantic idol in hopes of saving the museum. There he meets a little monkey and they develop a friendship. When he leaves the monkey stows away on the ship. George's curiosity leads him and his new human friend into a mess.
Animated Comedy - This is a clean animated feature for the whole family. Children will
enjoy while the parents who grew up on the original books will be
happy to find that little has changed in the journey to the big screen.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 101 moviegoers:The monkey's a hit on the big screen. All ages really enjoyed "Curious George." There are very few mediocre reviews, no real low opinions and lots of very high opinions. This indicates a movie with wide appeal, which means, take the kids and stay to see it with them.
Ted (Will Ferrell) is a highly enthusiastic guide at the
Bloomsberry Museum, giving a tour to a group of schoolchildren and their teacher
Maggie (Drew Barrymore), who happens to be Ted's biggest fan. When the museum's
owner, Mr. Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke), tells Ted that his beloved museum will have
to be closed because of meager attendance, they decide drastic measures are needed in a
last-ditch effort to save the museum: an amazing new exhibit, never before seen at any
museum. Mr. Bloomsberry shows Ted his secret journal with a map to a lost shrine of
the African tribe of Zagawa. Finding and bringing back the gigantic idol for an
exhibition will save the museum! Ted excitedly starts planning for his trip to Africa,
shopping for the proper gear and clothing, including a bright yellow safari outfit and
But Bloomsberry, Jr. (David Cross), who would like nothing more than to see the
museum converted into a parking lot, covertly sabotages the expedition—removing
important pages with the location of the idol from the secret journal—just as Ted is about
to set sail.
In the jungle, a mischievous little monkey spies Ted in the distance and decides to
make friends with The Man with the Yellow Hat. The two play a fun game of peek-aboo
before Ted gets down to business. He now finds what he believes to be the ancient
idol, and he is shocked to find that it isn't giant at all—it is absolutely tiny! The dejected
explorer sends a photograph of his discovery to Mr. Bloomsberry, who mistakenly
believes the picture to be that of the enormous idol. Bloomsberry, Sr. is overjoyed, while
Ted—oblivious to the mistake—is crestfallen. He finds a much-needed distraction to his
worries when he succumbs to the charms of the playful monkey, and a true friendship is
born. When it comes time for Ted to leave Africa, his new friend secretly stows away
aboard the ship.