Curious George heading to silver screen

The LA Times is reporting that Illumination Entertainment is developing a new version of “Curious George”.

The movie is expected to feature the wry animated images of “Despicable Me” and will spin a new story of George the monkey/chimpanzee (depending on whether you favor H.A. and Margret Rey’s text or the tail-less images) who’s taken out of the jungle by an eccentric explorer to live in the city, where mischief always seems to find him.

This is the third time Curious George has made a run at the Big Screen. The first featured Will Ferrell as the Man in the Yellow Hat, but flopped in theaters. The sequel went straight to DVD.

Other animation news from the article: Illumination is also producing Where’s Waldo and Dr. Suess’ the Lorax movies in addition to a Despicable Me sequel,

12 thoughts on “Curious George heading to silver screen

  1. Btw, the first Curious George at the theaters was actually a very good movie. It may be that people were expecting Will Ferrell to be more Will Ferrill-ish.

    If you have young children, you REALLY should rent it or buy it.

  2. Dan, if we were still watching the same old movies, we’d have to suffer through Judy Holliday and Bill Holden in “Born Yesterday” instead of the incisive remake starring Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and we’d have to slog through Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy in “Cheaper By The Dozen” instead of slapping our thighs to the comic stylings of Steve Martin. Errol Flynn as Robin Hood instead of Kevin Costner.

    Planet of the Apes
    Swept Away
    The Stepford Wives
    The Italian Jobs
    The Thomas Crown Affair …

    Stop me when you’ve had enough …

  3. There’s even the Curious George cartoon series airing daily on PBS Kids stations.

  4. @Dan & Mike: If we’re still watching the same old movies, why not go outside and play instead? It’s a nice day, you could play frisbee. Discus if you’re going classical.

  5. Gar, the trick is to make NEW movies. New ideas. Things you thought up yourself.

    Not that the concept makes much sense in an industry where recycling “Far Side” gags or creating yet another misanthropic animal sidekick seems to be the route to success …

  6. I was joking–that aside, I’m of the opinion that remakes (especially when they follow so closely upon the originals) and I feel this is a remake–are nuts. I hope this movie never sees the silver screen or at worst is a big-time flop for the studio causing studio and conglomerate heads to roll.

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