Curious George
Curious George
| 04 September 2006 (USA)
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  • Reviews

    I like the storyline of this show,it attract me so much

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    Touches You

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    Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.

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    I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.

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    John T. Ryan

    THERE SEEMS TO be an age old fascination that we humans have with the other members of the Primates branch of the Mammalian family tree. Our "cousins" run the roster from Lemurs, Monkeys and Apes; culminating with the one sitting on the top of the heap. That "King of the Hill" would be and is indeed known as Homo Sapiens Sapiens; which is translated into "Intelligent Man." THIS SERIES DOES capitalize on this fancying of the Jungle dwelling, tree swinging and vegetarian banana eaters. Developed from a book about the character CURIOUS GEORGE, this animated "cartoon" show manages to in effect embellish the character and put the concept to a greater usage and really fine examples of developing the true potential in the reasoning processes in solving problems of everyday life; be they great or small.EVERY EPISODE THAT we've screened is both loaded with cute humor and at the same time is laden with hardcore good sense. The problems that the little starring simian encounters are true to life and down to earth. The gyrations that George goes through in solving the situations are both useful and amusing. THE BEAUTY OF a PBS series like this is that it gives the parents and (us) grandparents a chance to revisit our childhood through the eyes of the new generation. In this case, their paternal Gram (Deanna) and myself (the author) have the pleasure of seeing both Jack and Patrick enjoying every minute.

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    There are three types of young kids' shows on TV these days. The first is the hypnotic category, which has constant noise, motion, and repetition to keep kids' attention (a la Barney, Teletubbies, Backyardigans). The second is the "treat kids like they know absolutely nothing" category, in which shows "talk" to the viewers and ask completely mindless questions that are so obvious they can't be answered wrong (Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, etc.). The last and smallest category is the "simple story" category, in which shows teach young viewers with simple, easy-to-follow stories that can hold attention and entertain. Curious George is one of the few shows in that category, and it still teaches lessons in math and logic, which I don't think should be important in a kids' show, but which PBS and many parents believe are very important. Curious George is simple and nice, and I can appreciate its value even though I am neither a parent nor a sub-six year-old child. The animation and design are good, especially compared to the other PBS and Nick shows out there, which just goes to show that the makers actually care about what they are making. Yes, there is a very annoying character: Bill, a bratty know-it-all kid who drives me crazy. Even still, I'm not going to complain, because I doubt he annoys little kids like he annoys me. If you look at the other comments I have written you can see that I can be harsh, and I hold high standards, and this show meets them. If you have kids, and especially if you are tired of the hypnotic shows and the obnoxious shows, this is good, simple, well-done entertainment for kids.

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    elle ko

    the show is constructed around its writing, the writing itself is multi-layered. while george enters into situations in which common sense, math, and science concepts are introduced, the narrator maintains a sympathetic and respectful tone toward his mistakes and lack of understanding. outlandish situations are presented as such, and they are often funny for both the kids and adult encouraging a sense of wonder about the world through empiricism and experience, this show accomplishes the rare feat among kids shows. adults are depicted as present, involved, non-interfering, sympathetic guides. george is often left to make his own decisions. instead of awkwardly presenting and dissecting social norms and peer relationships, the characters' personalities take their respective courses. george has the ability to chooses between which rules to adhere to, and which to not. as such, this show is a standout among early education television for both parents and children. the show's attitude about the world is mature, tolerant, and positive.the quality of the show is fairly consistent from episode to episode. some episodes have stronger writing and animation quality, some are weaker, but overall, excellent, especially given the quality of the pack it runs with (pbs kids shows.)

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    As it is mentioned in the title, this is a very cute and nice show. It's so much better than the other younger kids' shows like "Dragon Tales" or "Sesame Street". Although the design isn't as nice as it was in the movie, it is still pretty good for a small PBS production like this. The voice acting is pretty great, too. They have Frank Welker, the voice god, as George and Jeff Bennet, who is just great, as The Man with the Yellow hat. The best part of this show is the education that it provides. While entertaining kids, this show deals with simple mathematics and science. Even though "Curious George" is targeted towards a much younger audience, I still find it quite interesting. My advice is to give it a try. It's hard to miss; all the PBS channels air it twice a day.

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