Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! is a 2010 traditionally animated film adaptation of the children's stories by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey. It's a sequel to the successful 2006 theatrical feature film Curious George.
It was first originally titled Curious George 2: Monkey on the Run, and was released straight to DVD.
The movie starts with George (Frank Welker) swinging around Chicago, and he picks up the newspaper. When he arrived back home, he reads the news and finds out that the great magician Piccadilly's (Tim Curry) holding an act with a blue elephant called Kayla (Jeff McNeal). It sounds interesting to George so he wakes up Ted (voiced by Jeff Bennett) and he tries to show him the news, but Ted however is late for a meeting with Mr. Bloomsberry.
When Ted gets to the museum, he prepares reasons as to why he would be a good candidate to take over the museum for Mr. Bloomsberry (who had announced his retirement). Mr. Bloomsberry says that Ted is the only candidate because he couldn't imagine leaving not even his son; Junior (the main antagonist from the 1st film, who made a cameo) to own the museum (he's now a cashier at a parking lot). The only stipulation's Ted has to write a presentation on what his vision of what the museum would look like; to be delivered in one week, to the Board of Directors. However Ted is nervous of the Board of Directors.
As Ted is in his office writing his charts and even his mustard-covered bar-graph, his girlfriend; Maggie (voiced by Nicki Bryar) tells him that his loved ones needs more attention: her, etc. George then comes in and tries to show Ted the poster with Kayla (indicating Piccadilly's act). Ted says he understands what Maggie's saying and decided to take her and George to the magic show. During one of Piccadilly's magic tricks, Kayla disappears, and George goes looking for her. He finds Kayla in the basement of the theater, starts playing with her & they stumble upon the exit for the building. Piccadilly comes in & can't find Kayla so he calls for security, the head of which is Danno Wolfe (this film's main antagonist/ Jamie Kennedy) who is assisted Ms. Fisher (Cree Summer). Danno questions Ted and gets suspicious about him and George (at the same time). Meanwhile, George and Kayla make their way to Ted's apartment where they see the news coverage of Kayla's original home in California with her brother Tonga and her sister Layla (all by Jeff McNeal).
Ted returns home to find George and Kayla in their apartment. He decides to return to the theater with George and Kayla but along the way loses them when George sees a train advertisement for the "California Express". Ted reaches them at the train, but suddenly cannot get them out of the boxcar before it leaves the station. They are headed west and Ted gets anxiously afraid when the train doesn't even stop in St. Louis and his cell phone's battery has died (unknown to him that George was fondling it before waking up). Meanwhile, a cryptic message from a monkey (which is George) and Danno thinks that a monkey speaks Chinese, which leads him to believe that George and Ted have kidnapped Kayla. He then begins attempting to find them.
Back on the train, George (with the help of Kayla) opens the door of the boxcar, but Ted falls out while trying to catch his wind-blown-away workpapers for his presentation of the board. Ted makes his way to a small train station with a stationmaster who offers to charge the cell phone (which broke when he fell). Ted uses what-little-change-he-has to call Piccadilly, but doesn't manage to complete the call which makes Danno even more certain that Ted and George had really kidnapped Kayla (which meant he unknowingly had yanked the phone wire apart).
Ted uses the stationmaster's rusty motorcycle to catch up with George and Kayla, reboards the train and happily reunites George and Kayla again. He leaves his cell phone in Humbleton with the stationmaster who tries to use the phone to tell Piccadilly that Kayla's okay but the phone shatters. Mrs. Fisher traced the call which allowed Danno to find his way the Humbleton station, getting information from the stationmaster when he discovers Ted's broken cellphone.
Ted, George, and Kayla continue on the train for the next stop in Grand Junction with Danno on their heels. The movement of Kayla, however, causes the boxcar to separate from the rest of the train, and they head away from the rest of the train. It finally stops, and they get off in search of a road to find help. A man in a flatbed truck stops and picks them up. Ted thinks they are going east, but they continue to travel west once again. Meanwhile, Piccadilly's interviewed by Hark Hanson, and he reveals pictures of George & Ted as the kidnappers of Kayla. Ted wakes up after a night's sleep in the back of the truck and realizes they have been heading the wrong way. He gets them off the truck and attempts to head back east again.
They come across a farmer named Dan (Clint Howard) and his daughter named Anna, with whom they spend the night. One evening after the farm fun, George picks up the newspaper (since he loved the comics) and Ted reads about Kayla's family. He also finds out New York Chicago thinks they're kidnappers, unnoticed by George. Ted, after a phone call from Mr. Bloomsberry and refusing to bring Kayla to her family, wants to return her back to Piccadilly, but George and Anna both disagree, leaving Ted feel ashamed. The next morning, Ted, believing Farmer Dan was right, changes his mind, wanting to bring Kayla back to her family, but not before they leave Danno shows up in a helicopter.
After the pig throws Danno into a rain barrel, Kayla scares the pilot into flying away. While they are thus distracted, George and company escape using a hollowed out school bus and finally make their way to the park where Tonga and Layla are happy to see her. Danno however shows up again and arrests George and Ted and captures Kayla. They fly back to Chicago, but after George gets the handcuff keys from Danno, they all escape by jumping out of the plane. They make it back to Piccadilly and everything turned out fine, except that Danno has followed them once again. Kayla subdues him and throws him onto the stage's trapdoor which Piccadilly opens, dropping Danno onto the mattress below.
In the museum, George and Maggie both nervously watches Ted giving his report to the Board of Directors. He is initially flustered because the past weekend's adventures prevented him from preparing his presentation. Once George comes into the room, Ted improvises a speech saying that friends are more important than work and proposes several ideas for the museum based on that idea (Father/ Son for example). The Board's impressed, approves his appointment and accepts his "future presentation", and Ted happily announced he owns it all to George to Mr. Bloomsberry.
A brief epilogue shows George and Ted flying a kite (made out of his tored up priority workpapers), Maggie setting up a picnic, Kayla visiting Chicago with Tonga and Layla and Piccadilly and Tina rode on a bike (now hiring Tonga and Layla with them as joining them in their act) at the park.
George then, after catching Ted's yellow hat by the wind, shows his companions his first magic act with a wooden spoon as a wand and a pigeon appear flying out and everyone was amazed and laughed at the end.
- Frank Welker as George/ Duck/ Cow
- Jeff Bennett as Ted (The Man With the Yellow Hat) (replacing Will Ferrell)
- Fred Tatasciore as Mr. Bloomsberry (replacing Dick Van Dyke)
- Nicki Bryar as Maggie (replacing Drew Barrymore)/ Teenage Boy
- Ed O'Ross as Ivan
- Amy Hill as Flower Pot Lady/ An Irate Woman
- Tim Curry as Piccadilly
- Catherine Taber as Tina
- Jamie Kennedy as Danno Wolfe
- Matt Lauer as Hark Hanson
- Jerry Lewis as the Humbleton Stationmaster
- Cree Summer as Mrs. Fisher/ Cargo Pilot/ Young Girl in a Yellow Dress
- Jeff McNeal as Kayla/ Hog/ Tonga/ Layla
- Clint Howard as Farmer Dan
- Trupti Potdukhe as Anna
- Phil LaMarr as Animal Park Attendant
- Carlos Alazraqui as Conductor/ Newspaper Vendor
The soundtrack features the hit "California Sun" performed by Brian Wilson as well as all new songs by Carbon Leaf, a special title track recorded by 429 Records' artist Jackie Greene, & an original score by Heitor Pereira. The soundtrack was released on March 2, 2010.
- "Life Less Ordinary" – Carbon Leaf
- "The Friendship" – Carbon Leaf
- "California Sun" – Brian Wilson
- "On A Roll" – Carbon Leaf
- "Heart Of The Day" – Carbon Leaf
- "Let Your Troubles Roll By" – Carbon Leaf
- "Walking In The Sun" – Carbon Leaf
- "Follow That Monkey" – Jackie Greene
- "Moon Man" – Heitor Pereira
- "Going East" – Heitor Pereira
- "Giving A Hand" – Heitor Pereira
- "Zoo" – Heitor Pereira
- "Friendship" – Heitor Pereira
The film was released in the United States on March 2nd, 2010 as a direct-to-DVD release. The film was broadcast on PBS, as a special for a few days, around Thanksgiving 2011.
A prequel, titled Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, was released directly to DVD on June 23, 2015.
- This is the first time Jeff Bennett lend his voice as Ted in the film (because he is now 25 years old).
- If you pay close attention, you can hear actor Will Ferrell's "sure I can do that" recording voice (uncredited) in the scene in 5 seconds.
- Maggie almost got a chance to kiss Ted, after being understanding.
- We've might have hear chuckling, but we've actually never got a chance to hear Ted really laugh in the film.
- This the first cameo appearances of Professor Wiseman, The Doorman, Pisghetti, Steve, Betsy, Aunt Margaret, Bill, Mr. Renkins, Mrs. Renkins, Mr. Quint and Mrs. Quint in the audience in Piccadilly's Magic Show (as they're shown the first time).