Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators

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Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators


Thursday Mar 15 01:00 PM
Sunday Mar 18 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival 2018.

Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki. 2017. USA. 81 min.
Since the publication of Curious George in 1941, the children’s book has gone on to become a beloved series (not to mention TV series, films and a video game) that has sold more than 75 million books in more than 25 languages. George is the world’s most famous monkey—but what about his creators? This documentary explores that lesser-known tale. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Hans and Margret Rey first met when Hans was dating Margret’s older sister. Years later, having heard that Hans was wasting his artistic talents as a bookkeeper in Rio, Margret traveled to Brazil to persuade him to marry her and do something creative together. After their four-week honeymoon to Paris turned into a four-year residency, they accidentally became children’s book authors when a publisher suggested they create a book out of a cartoon Hans had drawn. But as German Jews, their life in Paris came to an abrupt end in June 1940, when the Reys were forced to escape from the Nazis by riding makeshift bicycles. A manuscript of the first Curious George book was one of the few possessions they were able take with them. Arriving in New York as refugees, they started their life anew and over the next three decades created a classic that continues to touch the hearts and minds of children around the world.

Sunday, March 18 at 4pm: The film will be introduced by actor Bill Sage.

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