2018 Jewish Film Festival: Monkey Business

The Adventures of Curious George's Creators

Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Monkey Business

80 min. | USA | 2017 | English | Documentary


Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 | 2:00pm | Santikos Palladium IMAX


About the Film

The extraordinary lives of the husband and wife duo who together authored the beloved Curious George books are recounted in Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators.

It has been 75 years since Curious George first touched the hearts and minds of children around the world, but little is known about his creators, Hans and Margret Rey. German Jews living in Paris during the rise of Nazism, the couple narrowly escaped Hitler’s troops by fleeing on makeshift bicycles they rode across Europe, carrying the yet-to-be-published Curious George manuscript with them. Forced to live in Brazil while they awaited visas to the United States, Hans and Margret eventually sailed into New York harbor to start life anew and create a children’s book classic. The journey of Hans and Margret Rey is brought vividly to life in this mixed-media documentary, which augments interviews with original hand-drawn animations, as well as a treasure trove of archival materials from the Rey estate, including wartime journals, photographs, letters, and unpublished Curious George sketches and notes.

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston.

Newsweek Interview with Ema Ryan Yamazaki & Sam Waterston 
Jewish Journal Article 


Literary Adaptation