Is This Thing On?

Hey, is that a camera?  Am I on TV?   Hey, Aunt Louise, I’m on TV!

But wait — there’s even more Curious George action at the National Geographic site, including the thrilling “poking the lens with a stick” sequence!  Thanks as always to MarilynT.!



  1. Ook.

  2. That’s Chimpanzee, by the way.

    It means, “Whazzuuuuuuuuuup?”

  3. What absolutely gorgeous eyes. Curious and full of soul.

  4. There’s no business like monkey business.

  5. Monkey see, monkey do!

  6. “What is this? It looks like a hole, but it isn’t. My stick won’t go in, my finger makes these smudges. Hmmm.”

    You can just see the wheels turning in there 🙂

  7. I though the same thing, Birdcage…those eyes are so soulful. Just gorgeous.
    Minkey probably wondering if he can access his Apebook account from that machine….

  8. 260Oakely says:

    Traffic cam shows a serious gaper delay.

  9. JohnnyJohnny says:

    Heh . . . A Mike TV quote. Nice.

  10. hahha!



  11. I heart this site. I just had an award-winning s****y drive into work. Staring into those googly eyes just completely turned my morning around. 😀

  12. The eyes have melted me into a big puddle of goo. Chimps are just unbearably beautiful. ❤

  13. DaytimeDeb says:

    Oh, the whole 1:19 video is hilarious! Definitely worth a visit.

  14. DaytimeDeb says:

    Oh, and I kept thinking that there is a fine line between documentary narration and breaking the fourth wall. Seems to me Curious George crossed that line. 🙂

  15. Adorable!!!!!!!!!

  16. so freaking cute i love chimps

  17. I guess he’s ready for his close-up.

  18. I want to rub and smooch that fuzzy little noggin.
    I consider it an honor to be related to this little guy/gal.

  19. Ohhhh soo Cute and funny…

  20. “Ere Fred, it’s one of them new cameras, the Okey Cokey 2000, worth a bit they are”
    “Yeh Jim, I saw the advert for them last night, pity the buggers been bolted down”
    “Out the way Fred, I’ll try poking it with me stick”
    “Nah, your wasting your time there, I’m going over to where they’ve put the fruit out, so that we set off the other camera”.
    “What d’you think they do with all the pictures”?
    “Gawd knows Jim, gawd knows”.

  21. Vaguely reminiscent of the monolith scene during the Dawn of Man sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Chimps are awesome.

  22. KittehMamax3 says:

    LOVE the hover text….lol… Another winner, NOMTOM…

  23. I love the soulful eyes…but something in me just wanted to be able to go “BOOGA BOOGA!!!!” very loudly during the stick and finger poking portion. My inner mean little sister, I guess.

  24. shadowsong says:

    I was waiting for the chimp to try gnawing on it. I guess non-human children don’t automatically try putting every new object into their mouths.

  25. Photobomb!

  26. What beautiful eyes!

  27. Pretty cool, video on the link of the chimp poking the lens with a stick is so interesting, I like his interaction with the lens and the older chimp all at once.

    Btw, chimp does not equal monkey. Does equal ape. 🙂

    [True enough. – Ed.]

  28. The Nat Geo video had me laughing out loud. I love how mom’s in the background, with an exasperated look on her face. So stinkin’ cute! I love bebeh apes!

  29. NOMTOM your hovertext was the only mention of the annoying late night battle that I’ve enjoyed to date . You win the golden banana !

  30. OMGoodness Did you guys watch all three videos over at NG yet.. amazing!

  31. It’s the Blair Chimp Project!!

  32. harmlesslittleflea (Clare) says:

    Hehehe! Ho hum, just walking along with my sti………

    I think that chimp lives with cats. He got the ‘pausing mid-stride with one foot in the air’ spot on.

  33. Amazing video!

  34. the hover text is epic. I would rather watch those cute eyes any night!

  35. I agree with Daytime Deb. I think he was actually looking at us! He was thinking, “who is that strange woman eating lunch and why is she in a gray fabric box?”

  36. DaytimeDeb says:

    A grey fabric box! Mine used to be blue fabric, but now I am unemployed. But too funny….. ironic since someone was ’nuffing about the animal/dominoes game because the animals were kept in a box. Humans have their own boxes, most are called cubicles but some are called offices!

  37. Brilliant, Hon Glad, simply brilliant.

  38. brilliant hoovertext. and dahlink chimps.

  39. That’s awesome. Love the finger pokes hehe

  40. Martha in Washington says:

    “Mom! Hey Mom!! What is this thing? Mom! Can I poke it with a stick? Mom! Mom?”

    A little disappointed…I was waiting for a big ol’ pair of smoochin’ lips!

  41. These chimpanzees are clearly so sentient, so aware. I see a lot of “humanity” in those eyes. Although I come to Cute Overload for a good laugh, I felt only humility and respect for these excellent creatures when watching this clip.

  42. Jools – Thank you for the compliment.

  43. Felicityanne says:

    It says this is ‘a juvenile female with her mother’ so I guess it’s Curious Georgina…

  44. To those of you making the “monkey” comments, a chimpanzee is an APE, so is a gorilla, & an orangutan! Monkeys have tails, apes do not!!!

  45. Haha, that’s great. Looks like he was checking out his do in the reflection before a big night out.

  46. Uploading “chimping” joke (this may take a moment).

  47. Yet another data point in favor of my theory that cameras make all primates act silly. Especially great apes and most especially humans.

  48. LOVE this! Chimpanzees are just plain awesome.

  49. DewiCasgwent says:

    Of course they have moved on to directing now

  50. DewiCasgwent says:

    Sorry better link with video from the BBC

    The world’s first film shot entirely by chimpanzees is to be broadcast by the BBC as part of a natural history documentary.

    The apes created the movie using a specially designed chimp-proof camera given to them by primatologists.

    The film-making exercise is part of a scientific study into how chimpanzees perceive the world and each other.

    It will be screened within the Natural World programme “Chimpcam” shown on BBC Two at 2000GMT on Wednesday 27 January.
    End quote

  51. Chimps and apes are definitely some of my favorite animals. Especially the babies! :o)