A Documentary About Curious George Creators Tells The True Story Of H.A. And Margret Rey

Ema Ryan Yamazaki, a 27-year-old New York University film school graduate, spent the last two years of her life making a documentary about Curious George creators H.A. and Margret Rey. Yamazaki previously directed 2013's Monk by Blood and edited Mark Levin's HBO documentary Class Divide . The working title for her documentary about the Reys is Monkey Business: The Adventures of George's Curious Creators.

What makes Curious George's creators so fascinating? Before writing and illustrating their massively popular children's book series, German-born Jews H.A. and Margret Rey fled Paris in June 1940, the same month the Nazi occupation of France began. The Reys made their escape on homemade bicycles, and carried the original Curious George manuscript with them.

The couple had created their most famous character before leaving Europe for the U.S. In 1939, H.A. Rey published Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys: a picture book about a lonely giraffe who makes friends with a mother monkey and her eight children, including Curious George.

Although he has a knack for getting himself into trouble, Curious George is ultimately a great problem solver, not unlike his creators. Yamazaki told the Associated Press:

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