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Trivia / Curious George

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For the books:

  • Life Imitates Art: Curious George Takes a Job ends with the premiere of a Curious George movie, almost 60 years before the release of the actual film.

For the 1980 series:

  • Channel Hop: The shorts aired on Disney Channel's Lunch Box block and on the Nickelodeon series Pinwheel.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 104 shorts were made. Only a fraction were ever released on VHS, and the tapes have been out of print for years. Some of them can be found on YouTube.
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  • Recursive Adaptation: The episodes in this series were eventually rewritten as picture books.
  • Troubled Production: The first animated series entered production by Milktrain Production in 1977, with financial investment from firm Lafferty, Harwood, and Partners. However by 1979 only 32 of the agreed-upon 104 shorts were completed, due to Milktrain running out of money. In order to secure additional funding from Lafferty they had to agree to let them take over the production completely. All 104 shorts were finally completed in 1982.


For the 2006 series:

  • Baby Name Trend Starter: In Japan, this show caused the name "George", or as it's spelled in Japanese "Joji", to increase in popularity. It's gotten to the point where fictional characters in anime have also been given the name George!
  • Channel Hop: Five years after the last new episode aired on PBS, the show returned with new episodes (well, new to the US; see The Shelf of Movie Languishment and Short Run in Peru below) on the Peacock streaming service in July 2020, before airing on PBS three months later.note 
  • Crossdressing Voices:
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Jim Cummings, an American, voices Chef Psighetti, who's Italian.
    • Marco is Spanish, yet is voiced by Grey DeLisle, an American. Averted with his family, who are voiced by Spanish actors.
    • "King Doggy" has Frank Welker, George's voice actor, also voicing a Royal guard. Another episode has him voicing an obedience school teacher. He used a British accent for both of them even though he's American.
    • In "King Doggy", Kari Wahlgren, an American, also uses a British accent for the princess.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • William H. Macy narrated the first season, while Rino Romano narrated the rest of the series.
    • Will Ferrell voiced Ted (The Man with the Yellow Hat) in the 2006 theatrical film while Jeff Bennett voiced him in the series and DVD movies.
    • Bill Chott voiced both Hundley and the Doorman in season 1 before Lex Lang took over in season 2.
    • Some episodes have Gnocchi voiced by Dee Bradley Baker instead of Debi Derryberry.
  • Role Reprise: Frank Welker returns to voicing George.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The show's streaming deal with Hulu was why the show did not appear on the 24/7 PBS Kids channel when it launched in January 2017. However, it eventually started airing there in October 2020.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Seasons 10, 11 and 12 have copyright notices of 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, and were meant to be released on Hulu as part of a deal that was announced in 2016, but were not put up on the service for some reasonnote . The episodes first aired on Family Jr. in Canada and possibly in other countries as well before they were finally released in the US on the Peacock streaming service in July 2020, with PBS getting the episodes three months later.
  • Short Run in Peru: As mentioned above, Canada was one of the first countries to air seasons 10 to 12 before they were released in the US, with seasons 10 and 11 airing weekly from September to December 2018 and May to August 2019 respectively, and season 12 airing throughout the month of February 2020.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Frank Welker voices George, one of the city firemen, and many incidental male characters.
    • Jeff Bennett voices the Man with the Yellow Hat, Mr. Renkins, and many incidental male characters.
    • Jim Cummings voices Chef Psighetti, Jumpy the squirrel, Mr. Quint, Flint, Professor Einstein, and many incidental male characters.
    • Annie Mumolo voices Bill and his mother, Dr. Levitt, both Spring and Spring Quint, and many incidental female characters.
    • Rob Paulsen voices Charkie, Compass, Mr. Glass, and Mr. Dulson.
    • Bill Chott voiced both Hundley and the Doorman before both roles went to Lex Lang.
    • Elizabeth Daily voices Steve and Fireperson Andy, and many incidental female characters.
    • Grey DeLisle voices Betsy and Marco, and many incidental female characters.
    • Kath Soucie voices Mrs. Renkins, Mrs. Quint, and Mint Quint.
    • Debi Derryberry voices Gnocchi and Mrs. Dulson.


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