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Documentary about Curious George creators honored twice at Nantucket film fest

Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s “Monkey Business” tells the story of Hans and Margret Rey, whose Curious George books have gone on to top 75 million copies sold over the years.
Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s “Monkey Business” tells the story of Hans and Margret Rey, whose Curious George books have gone on to top 75 million copies sold over the years.

One of the hits of last weekend’s Nantucket Film Festival was “Monkey Business: The Adventure of Curious George’s Creators,” director Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s doc about Hans and Margret Rey, the co-creators of the “Curious George” books. The couple produced only seven books — publisher Houghton Mifflin bought the first for a pittance in 1940 — but over 75 million copies have since sold worldwide. The simian empire is now overseen by literary executor Lay Lee Ong, who signed on as the Reys’ house- and dog-sitter in Cambridge in the early ’70s. (She found the job via the Globe classifieds.) “Monkey Business” won the Best Documentary Feature award and shared the Best of the Fest with “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” and “The Big Sick.”