USA Today have revealed the first look at the upcoming animated adventure, Curious George, starring an all-star voice cast including Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Dick Van Dyke, Joan Plowright and Ed O'Ross.
"The books usually introduce the Man with the Yellow Hat at the beginning. He says, 'Goodbye, George, I'm going to work.' He leaves, George gets into all his adventures, and the Man is absent until the end," director Matthew O'Callaghan says. "My approach was to make it more of a buddy comedy."
The Man (voiced by Will Ferrell) is a timid museum employee who is reluctantly dispatched to the jungles of Africa to find artifacts for exhibit by his curator boss (Dick Van Dyke).
There he meets George, who spots his yellow hat from the trees and mistakes it for a banana. What follows is a story about owner and pet, about giving kindness and getting kindness in return, O'Callaghan says.
In the books, the Man befriends George after catching him for a zoo, but O'Callaghan feared that would seem harsh today. "He basically steals George," the director says.
Instead, the movie presents the Man as the first friend George meets, and then George follows him to the city, O'Callaghan says.