Sunday, February 12, 2006

A Saturday Morning With Curious George

Curious George has got the full feature movie treatment and its full of colour and warmth. George avoids the real danger of been stretched way to thin in making the transition from short childrens book to feature movie. The original Curious George books were illustrated in monochrome with yellow colour highlights, while the animation draws on the look of the books it's filled with rich warm colours. The story gets the same treatment, George's adventrures are still key but the story is fleshed out by giving the Man in the Yellow hat a backstory.

We learn why he came to Africa, why he's dressed in yellow and that he has more in his life than George; though he's oblivious to it most of the movie. The love story adds some nice humor for the adults, but it's not wink wink nudge nudge if you know what I mean, adult humor; it's he's so clueless in love humor. Having been there done that it made me laugh.

Some purists will object that they've moved George into the 21st century with computers and cell phones. I for one am glad to know he's along for the ride.

The Sound track by Jack Johnson is worthy of it's own review.

BTW we caught George at 10:30 am preview screening and it was perfect timing. To bad none of the Calgary theaters are running it at 10:30 am.

- Peace

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