Curious George (U) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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The Independent Culture

Monkey business. Based on the stories by Margret and HA Rey, this animated feature tells the story of how cheeky primate George meets hapless museum curator Ted (voiced by Will Ferrell) and follows him from one jungle (Africa) to another (Manhattan). There's one quite good visual gag when George manages to project a magnified image of himself on top of the Empire State Building, echoing another famous ape that briefly mesmerised the New York populace. For the rest, it's a fairly routine mixture of slapstick and sentimentality, kept fluid by Ferrell's comical kvetching.