CURIOUS GEORGE

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I had a chance to see the new CURIOUS GEORGE feature yesterday. Clearly this is a film aimed solely at pre-school children, and as such, it is quite successful. The character animation, production design and voices are great. If the producers’ goal was to create lush visual eye candy, they succeeded in spades. Kids will love the mischievious lead character and a very funny vocal performance by Will Ferrell will keep parents interested. Dick Van Dyke and David Cross were also good in their respective vocal roles.Is this the last U.S. studio-produced 2-D animated feature for the time being? If so, it’s a bittersweet way to go out. CURIOUS GEORGE proves that the talent is still here, and is desparately awaiting great stories to match it.