I bought this and Curious George 3 at the same time because they both aired on PBS last week. My oldest just started school so he had to miss them and this was a "reward" for making it through his first ever week of school. I had only promised him the 3rd movie, but it seemed so strange to have the 1st and 3rd movies without the 2nd one, so this made it into the cart as well. It was a good thing, too! The kids ended up liking this one better than Curious George 3. Although both movies are entertaining, this one has a part where George is teased by the "bad guy" and George ends up getting what he wants... basically because he's a monkey. For some reason, the kids LOVE that part. They laugh like crazy and ask how George did it.
The "bad guy" isn't really a bad guy but more of a guy that you just REALLY don't like because he does everything bad and uses inaccurate or incomplete information to make a bad decision.
The voice of Ted is back to Jeff Bennett which is the voice in the tv shows (not the voice in the first movie which was Will Ferrell). For me, that is good because I like the voice played in the tv show and have come to know it as "the man in the yellow hat". For the kids, I don't think they really care.
It was a little weird seeing Ted put work ahead of George, though, and although the story line was trying to teach kids about the importance of loved ones, etc., I don't know if my kids completely understood the reasoning of why Ted was even preoccupied with work to begin with. (My kids are pretty young.) The journey was fun and entertaining, though, which is what I was expecting from the movie. There really wasn't anything scary in it for the kids (although I was very surprised at the scene with Ted chasing after the train... the kids seemed to expect a happy result so they weren't shocked in the least)... and obviously you don't have to worry about bad words or inappropriate scenes. So... good movie overall.