Matthew OCallaghan on the Curious George Voice Cast: Will Ferrell was sort of set before I came on board. Ive always been a big fan of Drew Barrymore so I suggested her to the studio and they all loved the idea of her. Dick Van Dyke was something Again, he was a guy I always wanted to work with. I was surprised when I actually finally met him that he had never done an animated voice before, with his association with Disney for all those years. I was just blown away so Im going, This is great, because as an animation director you always want to use people who are fresh, who havent done animated voices at least I do. So it was really exciting to get him in the room and work with him. You know, he is very funny and extremely warm and has a great quality to his voice and I think its perfect for the film.
Matthew OCallaghan on the Look of Curious George: While most animated movies are going the CG route, the Curious George filmmakers chose the old-school 2D animation to capture the feel of H.A. and Margret Reys books. OCallaghan says, I give a lot of credit to Ron Howard and the people at Universal for wanting to go that direction. I think it is kind of brave in this day and age when everybody is going toward computer animation to actually make a stand and say, You know what? The books are illustrated. Its the best compliment to the source material is traditional animation. Since my background is traditional animation starting at Disney over the years, I just fell right in. I said, Yeah, this is the way to do this film.
Keeping the Adult Humor Out of Curious George: Well I think with the idea that were doing Curious George, again you want to stay true to the source material, and I think there are levels of entertainment value for adults. Its not all geared for 2-year-olds but there arent any innuendos or anything inappropriate. You want to sort of make it a package film that respects the books.
I think people who come to the films and are used to the Curious George books I dont think you want to disappoint them. I think you want to stay true to the books and I dont think you want to present something completely different to them. But I think when youre making a film, you want to hit all levels. You want to have a lot of visual humor for the kids but you also want some nice jokes and great relationships and stuff like that to keep the parents interested as well. Because, as we all know with kids, you get that DVD at home and kids run it on a loop, you dont want the moms going [holding his ears], Ack, shut that up! So hopefully it entertains at all levels.
Matthew OCallaghan on the Possibility of More Curious George Movies: I think everybody is always hopeful. Well see how this one does. I would love to see more of Curious George because I think hes such a great, endearing character.
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