“Polyamorous little monkey....”
Bi-curious George is the protagonist of a series of popular children's books by the same name, written by Hans Aloveryer and his wife Bernard. The books feature a sexually-ambiguous chimp named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by "The Man with PVC Gimp Mask" to live with him in his cellar. In each of the books, Bi-curious George is identified in the text as a monkey, and although in the illustrations he does not correspond exactly to any non-fictional species of monkey it is believed by many that he is infact a Bonobo, a species known to be the sexiest of the great apes.
Only a limited number of recurring characters occur within the Bi-curious George stories, including:
Sometimes simply referred to as George, our first view of Bi-curious George sees him living free and happy within a commune in North Africa, where he performs for money to passing tourists. One day a group of swarthy looking men buy him drinks, and after a short time he wakes up gagged with a burlap bag over his head. After a lengthy sea voyage George finds himself living in a cellar in New York, where he gets into a number of jolly japes with a selection of visitors to his dungeon.
George is known as the "ambisexterous ape", and is famous for scenes demonstrating the use of his prehensile toes which allows him to be the central participant in eightway group-sex acts. He prefers to sleep within an iron cage frequently wearing his "King Bull" buttplug. Only within the French language story "Bi-curious George et la Ménage à Trois" is George shown with a tail where he is shown performing an act known as Ape Agape.
The Man with PVC Gimp Mask
The only recurring character in the original adventures, other than George himself, is the Man with PVC Gimp Mask. It was he who brought George from Africa, and it is in his house that George lives. The Man often facilitates George's adventures by taking him somewhere (usually blindfolded and ballgagged, and even more often resolves the tension by appearing just in time to get George out of a tight spot. He is always seen wearing a leather harness, ballgag and PVC gimp mask.
The character is never mentioned by name in the original adventures, or in any subsequent content over more than six decades. He is always called either "the Gimp" or fully "the Man with PVC Gimp Mask".
Various Village People
A number of individuals from the neighbour frequently visit George and his companions throughout the stories, and although the characters are never named it is clear from the imagery used as to the professions of the visitors. In order of first appearance they are as follows:
- A Motorbike Police Officer
- A Native American Chief
- A Leatherclad Biker with a handlebar moustache
- A Construction Worker
- A Cowboy
It is thought that had the series continued a number of local characters would have made an appearance, with initial sketches made of a Soldier, a Sailor, a Tinker and a Tailor.
Hans and Bernard Aloveryer released four "Bi-curious George" books. More recently, additional Bi-curious George books have been released by Ilova Muffin including pop up books with scenes from the original books, books adapted from the Dutch 1980s adult telefilm series, as well as new adventures.
- Bi-curious George and the Cross-Dressing Switch Hitter (1941)
- Bi-curious George et la Ménage à Trois (1948) French Language Only
- Bi-curious George and the AC/DC Big Ball (1952)
- Bi-curious George goes Down Under (1953)
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