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Namco Signs 'Curious George' License

by Rainier on May 11, 2005 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT

Namco announced today its agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to develop titles on major video game systems including console, handheld and PC for Universal Pictures' and Imagine Entertainment's February 10, 2006 animated feature film release, Curious George. Read more for details ...

“This is a new and exciting opportunity for Namco,” said Jeff Lujan, business director, Namco Hometek Inc. “We are thrilled to be working in tandem with Universal Studios to bring a film character to life in a video game. 'Curious George' is the kind of adventurous, precocious and endearing character whose adventures make for great game play and we are certain this project will be a great success for Namco.”

“'Curious George' is a character beloved by fans worldwide and the release of the animated feature film next year is the perfect opportunity to launch his hilarious adventures on multiple gaming systems,” said Bill Kispert, vice president of Interactive, Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. “Namco is renowned for creating unique and innovative games and we are excited about the creativity they will bring to capturing George’s spirit for gamers worldwide.”

Universal Studios first acquired the rights to "Curious George" in 1997. In addition to the animated feature film, Universal Home Entertainment Productions (UHEP) in association with Imagine Entertainment and WGBH-TV Boston are producing an animated "Curious George" preschool television series, with 30 half hour episodes scheduled to air on PBS KIDS beginning in Fall 2006.

About "Curious George" books

Originally published in 1941, the book "Curious George" has never been out of print since. Authors H. A. Rey and his wife Margret, creative partners who fled Europe during the Nazi occupation and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wrote the original seven "Curious George" tales. In 1998 Houghton-Mifflin began publishing new "Curious George" adventures and continues to release new titles and formats. "Curious George" titles have sold more than 27 million copies worldwide and have been published in 17 languages, making the little monkey who left the jungle with The Man With the Yellow Hat one of the best-selling and most enduring characters in children’s literature.

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