This is a delightful movie. It made me laugh and I haven’t been a kid in quite some time! They don’t make ’em like this anymore. George’s antics are comical, although he never intentionally gets into trouble. For example, he gets hold of too many balloons at once and is soon airborne, with the man in the yellow hat trying to figure out how to rescue him. The animation is reminiscent of animated films from the 40’s. In addition, the animation resembles the book illustrations and gives it an “old fashioned” look in a good way. Homage is paid to the creator of “Curious George,” as a ship the man in the yellow hat travels on is named The H.A. Rey.
From this film we learn how George got his name and we also learn the first name of the man in the yellow hat. Personally, I think this ranks up there with the “Toy Story” films in its execution of story, animation, and innocence. And there are a few “inside” jokes for adults too. When you throw in the voice talents of Dick Van Dyke, Joan Plowright, Drew Barrymore, and Will Ferrell, you have what could become a classic. This one is family friendly all the way, and we are proud to award “Curious George” 5 Doves.