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Curious George is a 2006 animated film based on the Curious George children's books.

The original film features the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Dick Van Dyke, and Frank Welker voicing the titular character. Jack Johnson provides the songs.

Curious George starts with a mischievous monkey playing in a jungle in Africa. The film then cuts to Ted, a man who works at Bloomsberry Museum. Unfortunately the museum doesn't get many visitors, besides a teacher named Maggie Dunlop and her class. The museum is due to be closed because it doesn't make enough revenue. The museum owner's son, Junior Bloomsberry, wants to replace the museum with a parking garage. Ted is convinced to go on a quest in Africa to bring back the "Lost Shrine of Zagawa" in the hopes of attracting customers. Ted finds the idol, however it turns out to be three inches tall, not forty feet tall like rumors stated. While in Africa Ted finds the little monkey. The monkey bonds with Ted and ends up following him back home, where their adventures together kick off.


The film was a moderate success, earning nearly $20 million above its budget and receiving an animated television series and five sequels; the first three went Direct to Video and (featured a new cast): Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2010), Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle (2015), and Curious George: Royal Monkey (2019). The next two were released as Peacock Originals: Curious George: Go West, Go Wild (2020) and Curious George: Cape Ahoy (2021).


Curious George and its sequels provide examples of:

  • Accidental Astronaut: At the end of the film, George and Ted were accidentally launched into space.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The movie expands upon the books, especially on the character of Ted.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Justified with George, since he's a monkey and it's understandable he's unaware his antics put everyone, mainly Ted, in trouble spite his curiosity, he does have good intentions in the end and tries to make up for his past actions, before forgetting them by the next movie.
  • Art Evolution: Starting with season 12, the series now resorts to puppet animation by Oasis Animation instead of traditional animation.
  • Belly-Scraping Flight: Used in the third film, when Ted's seaplane goes over a waterfall. George's frantic tug on the control stick pulls it out of its dive in time, although its pontoon skims the water beneath the falls.
  • Blinded by the Sun: When Ted attempts to figure out a riddle, he takes note of it mentioning looking at the sun. He takes it literally and starts staring at the sun until his eyes can't take it anymore.
  • Brutal Honesty: Maggie to Ted after Ted admits that it's his fault George he let George go back to Africa.
    Ted: I can't believe George is gone. And It's All My Fault.
    Maggie: Yes. It is.
    Ted: What?
    Maggie: Ted, do you want me to tell you what you want to hear, or do want to hear what you should hear, which I'll tell you, and not just just what you think you want to hear?
  • Butt-Monkey: Ted takes a lot of slapstick.
    • Danno Wolfe is this also.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, a character sitting on a bench is seen reading a newspaper with the headline "Angela Bassett." Bassett is the voice of Dr. Kulinda in the film.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Danno Wolfe plays this straight. He even placed in an option for the theater's phone tree to have Klingon.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Again, Danno Wolfe. He apparently thinks George can speak Chinese and his first guess of what happened to Kayla is someone dehydrated her into shrinking.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: Junior plots to demolish the museum upon gaining ownership, and replace it with a gigantic parking lot.
  • Cucumber Facial: George ends up in the bathroom of a woman who is doing this while also having a bath and paints her walls, followed by pouring paint in her bathtub.
    Ted: Do yourself a favor. You're gonna wanna put the cucumbers back on.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Ted when things don't go well for him.
    • Junior. Actually Junior is made of this. Helps from being voiced by David Cross.
  • Ending by Ascending: The film ends with George and the Man in the Yellow Hat accidentally blasting off in a rocket, symbolizing all the new adventures they're bound for.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: George has one in the first film while griping over the loss of Ted's job, which is when he discovers the 3-inch trinket is really a pictogram map to the actual 40-foot lost shrine of Zagawa, which appears when held up to the light. This causes him to regain hope and get Ted to come with him back to Africa where the shrine is found.
  • Fake Australian: An In-Universe example is shown with the employees of the "Outback Beyond" store (voiced by Billy West and Jeff Bennett), who mask their natural Italian-American accents with Australian ones when selling Ted his signature yellow ensemble.
  • Go Back to the Source: George and Ted go to Africa (where George originated from) to find the lost shrine of Zagawa and save the museum.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Ted, in order to rescue George, ends up stealing many balloons from a balloon vendor and several kids at the zoo, and even a kite from the park to fly with. We don't see him pay for or return any of them.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: The original film focuses more on Ted and has the common "Human gets a wacky anthropomorphic pet" plot, though George still is prominently featured.
  • It Was with You All Along: Ted and George discover upon holding the Zagawa trinket up to the light, it creates a pictogram map to the actual lost shrine of Zagawa, which is in Africa where he came from.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Most of the main characters resemble their voice actors (e.g. Maggie to Drew Barrymore, Mr. Bloomsberry to Dick Van Dyke, Bloomsberry Jr. to David Cross, Clovis to Eugene Levy) Ted the Man With The Yellow Hat doesn't look exactly like Will Ferrell, but the resemblance is still striking.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Ted treats George somewhere between a pet and a child.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ivan.
  • Karma Houdini: George. It doesn't matter how much ruckus he can cause or how much of a trouble he brings to Ted, by the end of the day, it's Ted being the one to learn a lesson and George mostly goes on his merry way, barely learning a thing.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ted after he lets George get taken back to Africa.
  • Mythology Gag: The ship George rides on back to the city is the "H. A. Rey".
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Man In The Yellow Hat is named "Ted Shackleford" (his surname was confirmed in a deleted scene).
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: During Ted's exchange with an unseen and unheard angry motorist, Ted yells back, "Well, that's physically impossible for me to do!"
  • The Nose Knows: Ivan.
  • Parental Abandonment: George is presumably an orphan as we never his parents or see him with a family group.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Jack Johnson provides the film's songs and even recorded an entire tie-in album, Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George.
  • Prone to Sunburn: When Ted gets his hat taken by George, he begs for it saying that he needs it because "the sun is hot, and I freckle. And not in a good way, either; I blotch."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: George, very much. Start to finish, but especially when he plays peek-a-boo.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Maggie, who beyond being Ted's love interest is mainly just a voice of reason.
  • Single-Issue Landlord: This occurs in the movie.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: Starting with the fourth film.
  • Super Cell Reception: Ted's phone go off in the depths of Africa and he comments about the "strong signal" before answering it. Then again, the movie seems to enjoy lampshading and breaking the fourth wall every so often.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Danno Wolfe is this, he's only trying to return Kayla to Piccadelly and keep her safe, but uses extreme methods to do so.
  • The Unfavorite: Junior.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Ted is constantly troubled by George's shenanigans, but he also have to deal with his own problems and bad luck. Obviously not helped by George's curiosity.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Junior.
  • Wham Shot: The moonlight shining on the Zagawa trinket, which projects a pictogram map to where the real shrine is located.


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Curious George (2006)

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