CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY! (2010)
Featuring the voices of Jeff Bennett, Nickie Bryar, Tim Curry, Jamie Kennedy, Matt Lauer, Jerry Lewis, Frank Welker, Fred Tatasciore, Amy Hill and Clint Howard.
Screenplay by Chuck Tately.
Directed by Norton Virgien.
Distributed by Universal Home Video. 104 minutes. Rated G.
There is no real reason for them to have made Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! I don’t think anyone has been holding their breath for a sequel to the first Curious George film – particularly a sequel with all the voice talent gone. The book series also seems a little old and quaint in the new millennium.
However, like the books that spawned it, Curious George 2 is a likable enough – if certainly unessential – way to keep kids occupied for a little over an hour. There is very little violence, no rude language, a silly-but-easy-to-follow storyline and some adorable animals.
Of course, adults will probably find it cutesy, predictable and not overly exciting. But the adults are not the target audience for this trifle. Their enjoying it is a plus, but just gravy.
With recent kiddie films including the hard-to-watch Planet 51 and G-Force, the tapioca charms of Curious George 2 are at least bearable for someone who has graduated elementary school. The film occasionally even tries to throw in a joke or two for the adults – but they do not do it at a stultifying pace like Shrek.
Curious George 2 knows its audience, and it should be just fine for the little tikes who will undoubtedly be making up the great majority of the film’s audience. It isn’t necessarily going to lure in an adult audience, then again it won’t repulse them, either.
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