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Curious George Takes a Trip (2007): They Don’t Write ’em Like That Anymore (But They Should)

Rotem Moscovich, Curious George Takes a Trip (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

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Curious George should bloody well learn to adapt a screenplay, he could do a better job.

This is what the guys at the now-deceased Tokyopop used to call “cine-manga”, adaptations of teleplays turned into books using actual screencaps (or in this case, one assumes, cels from the animation). I’m sure this sort of thing can be done competently, but to date, I have yet to come across a case of that; this is unarguably the worst example of the bunch. As someone who has seen the episode of the Curious George TV show being adapted, I can fill in enough of the blanks to make a coherent story out of this, but someone who hasn’t seen it is likely to be totally lost; the first eighteen pages of this twenty-four page book concentrate on the first half of the episode, and then the last four of story (there are two pages of “audience interactive” kind of stuff) jump ahead to key pieces of the plot—the problem is, there’s no telling how we get from point A (George is wandering around the airport looking for his toy plane) to point B (George is sitting in the cockpit of the actual plane he’s taking to Hawaii), which is the second half of the episode in question. Not sure what anyone involved was thinking here, but everything about this book screams “quick cash grab.” *

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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