Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki • 2017 • United States
With more than seventy-five million copies sold in over twenty languages, the stories of Curious George have endured for seventy-five years. Most people know the tales of the adventurous little monkey who frequently finds himself in trouble. But MONKEY BUSINESS chronicles the largely unknown and extraordinary story of George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey. From fleeing Nazi-occupied France on handmade bicycles to encounters with exotic animals in Brazil, the Reys lived lives of adventure that are reflected in the pages of one of the most treasured children’s-book series of all time. The film honors the creative spirit and resilience of the Reys by interweaving archival footage and interviews with them, their friends, and experts, along with animated sequences inspired by the style of Curious George.