Curious George (TV series)

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This article is about the television series shown from 2006. For the 1980's television series, see Curious George.
Curious George
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Created by Margret Rey
H.A. Rey
Developed by Joe Fallon
Directed by Scott Heming
Frank Marino
Cathy Malkasian
Starring Frank Welker
Jeff Bennett
Voices of Rob Paulsen
Jim Cummings
Debi Derryberry
Bill Chott
Lex Lang
Susan Silo
Kath Soucie
Narrated by William H. Macy (season 1)
Rino Romano
Opening theme "Like Curious George!" by Dr. John
Ending theme "Like Curious George!" (instrumental)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 108 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
David Kirschner
Jon Shapiro
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Imagine Entertainment
Universal Animation Studios
WGBH-TV
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original channel PBS Kids
Picture format HDTV 1080i
SDTV 480i (earlier seasons)
Original release September 4, 2006 (2006-09-04) – April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
External links
Website

Curious George is an American animated television series based on the children's book series of the same name which features Jeff Bennett as the voice of The Man with the Yellow Hat. Frank Welker, who voiced George in the 2006 feature film, returns here as the voice of Curious George. The show is currently broadcast on PBS Kids. It debuted in 2006, and began its ninth season on October 28, 2014 which ended on April 1, 2015.

Curious George is a production of Universal Animation Studios (Universal Pictures released the Curious George film), Imagine Entertainment, and WGBH Boston.[1] Each episode has two short cartoons per half-hour episode and a live-action segment after each story.

The series illustrates and explains various concepts in math and science and each live-action segment shows schoolchildren engaging in experiments that teach the math or science concept featured in the previous cartoon.

Press commentary[edit]

At the start of the second season, the Boston Globe noted that Curious George was at the top of the national ratings among children of all ages. The show is also at the top of the ratings among women with children[citation needed].

When the show was developed, educational advisors suggested using it to teach science, math, and engineering concepts. Episodes are often structured around a "try-fail" series of incidents, which proved to be a good way to show scientific inquiries. There was some controversy[citation needed] about George's eyes, which in the series have whites and pupils (except when George daydreams; his imagined characters are all without scleras); in the original books they are black dots. This gives the very humorous effect of George seeing his dreams in the original "Classic George" style, at a slightly lower resolution than the real world appears to him. This is likely a gentle poke of fun at his (mildly) limited monkey brain. The studio felt the whites and pupils design was necessary to help George express emotions since neither he, nor any of the other animal characters, talks, sings, or reads words.

Settings[edit]

  • The City: George and the Man with the Yellow Hat live in an apartment in "The City". The Doorman keeps a pigeon coop on the roof and is the master of Hundley the dog. The apartment is near Endless Park, the museum where Professor Wiseman works, and a zoo. Chef Pisghetti's restaurant is nearby, as are a donut shop, Dulson's Toy Store, Mabel's Department Store, a supermarket and a pet shop which are recurring locations.
  • The Country: George and the Man with the Yellow Hat vacation in a small house in the country. The house is near Lake Wanasink Lake, a stream, and a river that eventually flows past the city and to the ocean.

Characters and voice cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

The setting for most episodes is either the city, where George lives in an apartment building with The Man in the Yellow Hat, or the country, where they share a small house near a lake called Lake Wanasinklake. This allows George to mirror the experiences of kids who live in an urban environment and those who live on farms and in suburbs. A few episodes take place in alternate but familiar settings, like an airport or a train station.

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 30 September 4, 2006 February 23, 2007
2 20 September 3, 2007 April 22, 2008
3 11 September 1, 2008 April 22, 2009
4 9 September 8, 2009 June 14, 2010
5 10 September 6, 2010 May 6, 2011
6 10 September 3, 2011 April 20, 2012
7 6 December 3, 2012 April 24, 2013
8 6 February 10, 2014 May 21, 2014
9 6 October 28, 2014 April 1, 2015

DVDs[edit]

Award[edit]

Emmy Award

References[edit]

External links[edit]