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(2006), G [G*] (1hr 17min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Matthew O'Callaghan
Producer(s): Mary Alice Drumm, Ron Howard, David Kirschner, Bonne Radford, Jon Shapiro, James Whitaker
Music: Jack Johnson, Heitor Pereira
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Curious George earned a final score of 96 out of 100. That places it squarely equivalent to G-rated movies in the comparative baseline database of films (87 to 100 out of 100). Further, since the content of the film earned scores of 87 or above in each of the six CAP investigation area (W, I, S, D, O, M), Curious George earned the quite rare green CAPCon Alert light which suggests routine but mature attention should be given to the findings in the Findings/Scoring section of the target report. See CAPCon Alerts for more information.
"Movies have taught me exactly what to do in this type of situation." That was spoken by Ted, the lead for this film. And that is exactly what a lot of teen emailers try to tell me, alluding to being able to learn all about life and how to manage it by watching movies; that teens who do not keep up with the latest films will be social victims of those who do and in for a shock when "real life" finally hits." 'Nuff said.
At a boring lecture by Ted (voice of Will Ferrell) of the Bloomsberry Museum to a class of increasingly fidgety elementary school kids, the teacher, Maggie Dunlop (voice of Drew Barrymore) does not appear to be bored at all. Indeed, Maggie seems a bit twitterpated by Ted. Keep that in mind as you plod along through the movie if you opt to watch it.
Mr. Bloomsberry (voice of Dick Van Dyke), owner of the museum had bad news. The museum must close. Permanently. Interest in what the museum has to offer is nearly dead. Junior Bloomsberry (voice of David Cross), the only son of Mr. Bloomsberry, schemes to tear down the museum and build a money-making parking garage in its place.
All junior needs to proceed with his money-making scheme is his father's signature. With pen in hand, Mr. Bloomsberry is interrupted by Ted with an idea to save the museum. Ted did not know what the idea was as he prepared to announce it. But as providence would have it (or rather as Junior ripped some memos and notes off a bulletin board exposing a poster underneath), Ted is struck with the idea of resuming Mr. Bloomsberry's quest of so many years ago to find the Shine of Zagawa in deep, dark Africa. "Zagawa" means "enlightenment." The shrine is a 40-foot statue of a monkey.
Much to the chagrin of Junior, Mr. Bloomsberry agrees to Ted's idea. So bitter and resentful is Junior that he rips out and burns the key page of Bloomsberry's book of maps from his previous trip to find Zagawa. This is not Junior's only attempt to sabotage Ted, the son Mr. Bloomsberry never had. He had Junior but never had Ted so the "so he never had" fits. It makes more sense in the film ... I think.
Ted gathers gear to equip an expedition to Africa to locate and brink back the big monkey. Gullible as he is, Nigel and Steve of a sportswear shop convince Ted to buy their overstock of yellow trail outfits. They say yellow is the new khaki. This is from where comes the yellow hat that becomes the target of the mischievous and hyperactive monkey, George (voice of Frank Welker). It is that hat which lures George into shadowing Ted throughout Ted's trek through the African jungles and all the way back to the United States.
As the wise guide, Edu (Michael Chinyamurindi) leads the expedition through the triple canopy jungle through the Mufuti bushes, Ted happens on a miniature shrine carved in stone. In a cavity of the "Indiana Jones" shrine, Ted finds the Zagawa monkey. But it is not 40 feet tall. It is only three inches tall! Disappointed and bracing himself for an end of his career, Ted heads back to the US and back to break the news to the father-like Mr. Bloomsberry.
The rest of the film is a rather humorous string of antics by George and how George makes life difficult for Ted. One of the difficulties Ted had to face was to keep George, which was now considered a pet, from the hulking Ivan (Ed O'Ross), the apartment building "cop." George does seem to make a gi-normous mess of the apartment of rich lady, Miss Plushbottom (Joan Plowright). George had learned to do hand painting with fruit sap in Africa and decided to do the same with the open paint in Miss Plushbottom's apartment.
The film approaches complex in some subplots and antics of George. If you keep your eyes and ears open, the connectivity you will find between subplots will likely make the film a little richer in content.
The only behavior examples noted that may perk your parental ears if you watch this film are the lies told by Ted and Junior and Junior's deceit for gain, the slapstick violence and irresponsibility with a car by Ted plus Ted breaking and entering the H. A. Rey ship to fetch George from it as it began its trip to Africa to return George.
About the lies. Most are told to protect George. What is wrong with this "picture?" God is very serious about lies. [Rev. 21:8] He warns of great torment for they who do. But are the lies Ted tells necessary? To my knowledge, God never speaks to any conditions which make lying acceptable or necessary. I suspect, though, that if one is forced to lie, for example, to protect a loved one from harm, the sin is on the one who threatens your loved one. But I am not God. The point is, Ted tells convenience lies in this film for the very young, for the most impressionable. "Movies have taught me exactly what to do ..."
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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