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"Curious George" Monkeys Around at The L.A. Studios, Inc. Audio House

Los Angeles' top audio post house completes dialogue and sound design for animated feature "Curious George" (February 14, 2006)

Hollywood's foremost audio post professionals, The L.A. Studios, Inc., announced today that its northern facility, L.A. Studios, has completed work on the newly released "Curious George" film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

L.A. Studios' audio mixer, George Thompson, worked closely with director Matthew O'Callaghan and executive producer Ken Tsumura on all aspects of dialogue recording on the film. Production work was handled via L.A. Studios' Sony DMX R100 digital console and utilized its Pro Tools setup for all recordings.

"The L.A. Studios has a reputation as the "go-to" for audio in animated films," said Tsumura. "'Curious George' is a beloved franchise that resonates not only with the youth of today, but also with the adults who grew up reading his stories. It was vital that every aspect of production held to the original vision, and L.A. Studios did not disappoint."

"We are proud that we could provide our expertise to a film that is guaranteed to become a children's animated classic," said Jane Curry, GM at L.A. Studios. "Matt, Universal Pictures and Imagine are clients that we greatly look forward to working with again."

Curious George was released in theaters nationwide on February 10, 2006.

About Curious George
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment bring Curious George, the original "monkey see, monkey do" chimp, to the screen in an all-new animated adventure based upon the beloved tales that have been enchanting readers for more than 60 years. George, the inquisitive little guy with an insatiable taste for adventure, sets off in a brand new tale for the big screen, where his spunky and fun-loving nature endears him to new friends he meets along the way and (of course) lands him in a series of (mis-) adventures.

Originally published in 1941, the book 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 30 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.

Matthew O'Callaghan directs from a screenplay by Ken Kaufman (story by Ken Kaufman and Mike Werb). Will Ferrell (Elf, The Producers) lends his voice to The Man with the Yellow Hat. Dick Van Dyke, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy and Joan Plowright are also among the distinguished cast of voices. Original songs are written and performed by Jack Johnson.

About Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

About The L.A. Studios, Inc.
The L.A. Studios, Inc. is the parent company of LA Studios in Universal City, Margarita Mix in Hollywood, and Margarita Mix on the Westside, and is the largest employee-owned audio post company in the US. All three locations offer the industry's most accomplished mixers, best-in-class technology, plus imaginative, creative, and comfortable environments.

The internationally branded recording and mixing facilities are considered go-to destinations for audio post by diverse markets ranging from the advertising, entertainment, DVD added value, video gaming, and multi-media communities. Recent credits include the films Shrek 2, Shark Tale, and SpongeBob Squarepants The Movie. Nearing completion is The Ant Bully, featuring Julia Roberts and Nicholas Cage. The company also worked on the imaging for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight, as well as sound design, record, edit and mixing of the breakthrough series of 5.1 ifilms for Video game voice recording and promo mixing projects include "Star Wars Battlefront," "CSI 3: Dimensions of Murder," "24," and EA's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Some current TV work includes the voice recordings for the shows King of the Hill, Lilo & Stitch, Kim Possible, American Dragon, and Super Robot.

Additionally, the company completed: commercials for ESPN, Buick, Scion, Budweiser and Mercedes, music videos for Alicia Keys, The Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent and Usher, and DVD Bonus features and promos for The Longest Yard, Flight Plan, Zathura, Elizabethtown, The West Wing and CSI.

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