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Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
DVD cover
Directed byNorton Virgien
Screenplay byChuck Tately
Story byChuck Tately
Darrell Rooney
Based onCharacters by
Margret Rey
H.A. Rey
Alan J. Shalleck
Produced byShare Stallings
StarringTim Curry
Clint Howard
Jamie Kennedy
Matt Lauer
Jerry Lewis
Frank Welker
Jeff Bennett
Edited byJohn Bryant
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed byUniversal Studios Home Entertainment
Release date
  • July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2.2 million[1]

Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! is a 2009 American animated comedy film based on the children's stories by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey. A sequel to the 2006 film sequel, it was originally subtitled Monkey on the Run. It was released straight to DVD in the United States and theatrically in Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland.

While Frank Welker and Ed O'Ross reprise their roles from the first film as George and Ivan respectively, several other roles were recast. Will Ferrell, the voice of Ted (The Man with the Yellow Hat), was replaced by Jeff Bennett, reprising his role from the television series; Drew Barrymore, the voice of Maggie, was replaced by Nickie Bryar; Dick Van Dyke, the voice of Mr. Bloomsberry, was replaced by Fred Tatasciore. Clint Howard voices Balloon Man in the first film, but in the sequel, voices Farmer Dan. Tim Curry, Jamie Kennedy, Matt Lauer, and Jerry Lewis voice the new characters. Ron Howard, who is the producer of the 2006 film, returns as executive producer, along with his partner Brian Grazer.

Plot

George, now living with Ted in New York City, unsuccessfully tries to interest Ted in seeing the magician Piccadilly's act with an elephant named Kayla.

Mr. Bloomsberry is retiring and says Ted is the only candidate to replace him as head of the museum, on condition that Ted write a presentation on his vision for the museum, to be delivered in one week to the Board of Directors.

Maggie tells Ted his loved ones need more attention than his career, so Ted takes George to the magic show. When Piccadilly makes the elephant Kayla disappear, George goes looking and finds her in the basement. They stumble upon the exit. When Piccadilly finds Kayla missing he calls security led by Danno Wolfe, assisted by Mrs. Fisher. Danno is suspicious of Ted and George. At Ted's apartment George and Kayla see TV coverage of Kayla's home in a California animal park, with her brother Tonga and sister Layla.

Ted finds George and Kayla in the apartment. On their way back to return Kayla, George follows an advertisement for the "California Express" train. Ted can't get them out of the boxcar before it leaves the station. Danno thinks George and Ted have kidnapped Kayla. When George opens the boxcar door, Ted falls out trying to catch the pages of his presentation. At a small train station Ted calls Piccadilly, but doesn't manage to complete the call which makes Danno even more certain he kidnapped Kayla. Ted catches up with the train on the stationmaster's motorcycle.

Ted, George, and Kayla continue on the train until Kayla's movement causes the boxcar to separate from the rest of the train. When it finally stops a man in a flatbed truck picks them up. Piccadilly, interviewed by Hark Hanson, reveals pictures of George and Ted as Kayla's kidnappers. Ted realizes they have been heading the wrong way and attempts to head them back east again.

They spend the night with Dan, a farmer, and his daughter Anna. Ted reads in the newspaper that New York thinks they're kidnappers. Bloomsberry calls, saying he may go to jail. He also reads about Kayla's family. George convinces Ted to take Kayla to her home. Before they can leave, Danno arrives in a helicopter. A pig throws Danno into a rain barrel and Kayla scares the pilot into flying away. George and company escape in a school bus and arrive at the park where Tonga and Layla are happy to see Kayla. Danno turns up and arrests George and Ted and captures Kayla. Flying back to the city, George gets the handcuff keys from Danno and the friends skydive into New York. Back at the theater everything is fine, except Danno has followed them. Kayla throws him down the trapdoor onto the mattress below.

Ted gives his report to the Board of Directors. Initially flustered, he improvises a speech saying that friends are more important than work and makes proposals based on that idea, such as a Father and Son Day. The Board approves his appointment. While George, Ted, and Maggie are at the park setting up a picnic, Piccadilly and Tina arrive and reveal that Tonga and Layla have joined his act, so Kayla and her family are together again.

Voice cast

Soundtrack

The soundtrack features the hit "California Sun" performed by Brian Wilson as well as all new songs by Carbon Leaf including a re-working of one of their existing songs, "Life Less Ordinary" to fit the theme of the film, a special title track recorded by 429 Records' artist Jackie Greene, and an original score by Heitor Pereira. The soundtrack was released on March 2, 2010.[2]

Track listing

  1. "Life Less Ordinary" - Carbon Leaf
  2. "The Friendship Song" - Carbon Leaf
  3. "California Sun" - Brian Wilson
  4. "On a Roll" - Carbon Leaf
  5. "Heart of the Day" - Carbon Leaf
  6. "Let Your Troubles Roll By" - Carbon Leaf
  7. "Walking in the Sun" - Carbon Leaf
  8. "Follow That Monkey" - Jackie Greene
  9. "Moon Man" - Heitor Pereira
  10. "Going East" - Heitor Pereira
  11. "Giving a Hand" - Heitor Pereira
  12. "Zoo" - Heitor Pereira
  13. "The Friendship Song" - Heitor Pereira
  14. "California Sun" - Carbon Leaf

Release

The film was released in the United States on March 2, 2010 as a direct-to-video release and received a theatrical release in select countries.[3]

Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey grossed $2.2 million throughout its entire theatrical run in three countries. The film was theatrically released in Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark, with the latter generating the most revenue. The film opened in 50 theaters in Denmark and finished seventh for the weekend, grossing $64,158. The film stayed at ninth for its second and third weekends. The film closed its theatrical run in the country with $1.1 million in box office receipts. In Sweden, the film opened in 47 theaters and finished sixth for the weekend, grossing $59,500. The film did better in its second weekend, adding only one theater and staying at sixth but grossing $122,295 and going up 105.5%. The film closed out its theatrical run in the country with $1 million. In Iceland, the film only opened in three theaters and finished 12th, grossing $1,794 with an average of $598 per theater. The film closed out its run in the country with $12,946.[4]

Reception

Joly Herman of Common Sense Media awarded the film 4 out of 5 stars, writing that "cross-country caper with mild peril is OK for preschoolers".[5]

Sequels

A sequel, titled Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, was released directly to DVD on June 23, 2015. Curious George: Royal Monkey, the fourth film of the series, was released on DVD on September 10, 2019. Curious George: Go West, Go Wild, the fifth film of the series, was released on Peacock and DVD in September and December 2020, respectively. A sixth film, Curious George: Cape Ahoy, was released on Peacock exclusively on September 30, 2021.

References

  1. ^ "Curious George 2 (2009) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  2. ^ [1] [dead link]
  3. ^ Epstein, Ronald (2010-01-12). "USHE Press Release: Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey". Ronald J Epstein. Home Theater Forum. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
  4. ^ "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Movie Review". Common Sense Media. 5 March 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2020.