Curious George’s Creators Get a Movie
Hans and Margret Rey created Curious George, that standby of children’s books, in the late 1930s, but their lives were interesting beyond that, as I’ve learned from the trailer for Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators.
This documentary, directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki and narrated by Sam Waterston, tells of how this couple of German Jews (and their manuscript!) living in Paris narrowly escaped the Nazis to bring their charming little monkey to children all over the world.
She wrote (and handled the business, good for her) and he drew their stories. The animation for this movie is by Jacob Kafka, and it wonderfully combines their real-life story with reminders of their creation.
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators will be available through digital and on demand outlets on Tuesday, August 15.