* Why is George referred to as a monkey when he is clearly a chimpanzee?
** Kids couldn't know the difference.
*** Quite a few adults don't know either.
* Also, why is he so weak? One episode had a medium sized dog dragging him around by a leash. George should be strong enough to crush that dog's skull with one paw, monkey or ape.
** Two reasons:
*** George likely represents childhood innocence, curiosity, and naivety. If something weird happens, his first response is to go, "Welp, let's see where this ends up!" rather than attempting to resist the urge and think about the consequences of his actions.
*** Baby apes may be strong enough to crush skulls with one paw, but this is a series aimed for small children. Showing George flat out murdering another character ala MortalKombat would be a good way to get the series banned forever. That, and since he was taken from the wild at a such a young age, he probably doesn't really know how to defend himself as he never had the chance to develop those skills through playtime with his fellow kin. Besides, as per the plot, George always eventually finds some creative way to get himself out of sticky situations.
* Why are MoralGuardians up in arms about George being a bad influence on children? Some claim that since he usually gets off easy or not punished at all, the books don't reflect good behavior or reality for children?
** That makes a little bit of sense, but from I remember, a lot of the mistakes George made were really not his fault or were easy to fix - in one episode, he goes to sail a kid's model sailboat and finds that it keeps sinking. When he shows it to him thinking he'll be mad, the boy instead realizes he left the boat's tiny portholes open, which was causing the water to leak in and sink it. So, perhaps a better way to look at it would be, "If you're facing a problem that might look pretty bad, just try exploring it from a new angle and see if a new means of fixing it presents itself."
** Another reason that George doesn't get punished is that sometimes the seemingly bad stuff that he does ends up having a net positive effect. For example, in one episode of the television series, he helps out at a candy stand and ends up giving away a bunch of candy, upsetting the shopkeeper. The next day, however, she's thrilled because she has a massive line thanks to the "free samples."
* I realize it's probably not meant to be taken this seriously, but in the film, how would the museum have lines of people out the door waiting to see the idol, when they'd already spent tons of money marketing how they had it before, only to have to tell the public that it "didn't exist"? Without revealing the idol itself, how did they manage to gain their supporters back so quickly?