Documentary Honors Curious George's Creators
Monkey Business recounts the extraordinary lives and harrowing journey of Hans and Margret Rey, the husband-and-wife duo who penned the beloved Curious George children's books. It's been 75 years since Curious George first touched the hearts and minds of children around the world, but little is known about his creators, German Jews living in Paris who narrowly escaped Nazi occupation by fleeing on makeshift bicycles across Europe, carrying their yet-to-be-published manuscript with them. In this vivid, mixed-media documentary, interviews are augmented by original hand-drawn animations and a treasure trove of archival materials from the Rey estate, including wartime journals, photographs, letters and unpublished sketches and notes. This documentary screening at Mercer Island's Stroum Jewish Community Center includes a post-film panel and Q&A.
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This film is recommended for audience members ages 10 and up.