MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 365 this week

Monkeybone (2001)

4.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.7/10 from 12,727 users   Metascore: 40/100
Reviews: 170 user | 73 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

In a coma, a cartoonist finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone.

Director:

Writers:

(graphic novel "Dark Town"),
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 08 Jun 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Monkeybone" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Monkeybone (2001)

Monkeybone (2001) on IMDb 4.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Monkeybone.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two lost souls: she a con-artist in L.A.; he a puppeteer in San Antonio have the same dream linking each with the other. He travels to L.A. to find this woman he has become obsessed with. ... See full summary »

Director: James F. Robinson
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Joanna Going, Lou Rawls
Bedazzled (2000)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted 7 wishes by the devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O'Connor
Action | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The sailor is "persuaded" by a princess to help her rescue her kingdom from something fishy.

Directors: Evan Ricks, Alan Jacobs
Stars: Alice Amter, Clint Carmichael, Brendan Fraser
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The tale of a son and his father separately plotting to escape the desolation of their lives in the lurid underworld of Brazil's sex industry...

Director: Eric Eason
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, Scott Glenn
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A romantic comedy about a naive man who comes out into the world after being in a nuclear fallout shelter for 35 years.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She ... See full summary »

Director: Ross Kagan Marks
Stars: Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Jill Bernstein
The Last Time (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A salesman (Keaton) rediscovers a lust for life after falling for the fiancée of his new business partner (Fraser), a Midwest transplant finding his footing in New York City.

Director: Michael Caleo
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Amber Valletta, Michael Keaton
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Connie Doyle is eighteen and pregnant when her boyfriend kicks her out. She accidentally ends up on a train where she meets Hugh Winterbourne and his wife Patricia who is pregnant. The ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, Brendan Fraser
Cool World (1992)
Animation | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A comic strip vamp seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt
Encino Man (1992)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When they find a frozen cave-man in their back yard, two high-school outcasts thaw him and introduce him to modern life while he in turn gets them to actually enjoy life.

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore
Coraline (2009)
Animation | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman
Fantasy

Hansel and Gretel stumble upon other stories fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm.

Director: Henry Selick
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Monkeybone (voice)
...
...
...
...
Herb (as David Foley)
...
...
...
...
...
...
Alice
...
...
Clarissa (as Amy D. Higgins)
Edit

Storyline

In a coma, Stu Miley a cartoonist who created a comic strip called Monkeybone which features a rascal monkey. He finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. Naturally, Monkeybone himself is there, and he and Stu quickly start fighting like cats and dogs. When Stu realizes that his sister, due to a pact they once made, is preparing to pull the plug on him, Stu makes a deal with Hypnos, the god of sleep, to help him steal a golden ticket from Death himself. But when Monkeybone takes over Stu's body and escapes to wreak havoc on the real world, Stu has to find a way to stop him before his sister pulls the plug on reality forever! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

death | nightmare | coma | carnival | monkey | See more »

Taglines:

If It Yells, If It Swings, It's Got To Be Monkeybone! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Monkeybone Project  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,685,078 (USA) (23 February 2001)

Gross:

$5,409,517 (USA) (20 April 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Henry Selick:  [stop motion]  Most of the characters in the coma world are stop motion puppets. See more »

Goofs

When Stu wakes from the coma, his hands are outstretched in the shot of Julie. When we pan back to Stu, he reaches out and says, "Whoa baby." See more »

Quotes

Stephen King: How about that nightlight I asked you for?
Edgar Allen Poe (to King): King You Pussy!
Stephen King: Bite me Poe!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the credits a stop-motion animated statue, which gave Stu Miley his pajamas earlier in the film, is seen for a few seconds holding two flags. One reads THE and the other reads END. See more »

Connections

References The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Hell
Written by Tom Maxwell
Performed by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Courtesy of Mammoth Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A dark, but very funny film, from the director of "Nightmare Before Christmas."
23 February 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Starting and ending with cartoons about the titular character 'Monkey Bone' this is a hilarious and visually stunning film.

It is NOT a film for children – so don't let the television adverts fool you into thinking that it is a delightful animated romp in the park for kids. The first cartoon sequence explains – in graphic detail – how the character of 'Monkey Bone' got his name; and it is not something that can be repeated in this forum.

Unfortunately, when I went to the matinée the audience was primarily children.

When Stu Miley (S Miley – get it?) is tricked into staying in the 'Downunder' (the place where people in a coma go to) to provide nightmares for the denizens of 'Downunder' the film becomes much too frightening for children; but more visually elaborate and stimulating for adults.

The sound track starts out strong and only gets better.

Brendan Fraser is wonderful as Stu the comic book author who has a very dark side to him. Bridget Fonda is underutilized as Dr Julie McElroy the sweet and good-natured girlfriend of Stu. Megan Mullally as Kimmy, Stu's sister who wants to pull the plug on Stu (though it is never real clear why) essentially reprises her role as 'Karen' from the television show 'Will and Grace' – but she is always a delight to watch.

Rose McGowan ('Scream') is a visual treat as Kitty – the lone citizen of 'Downunder' that is willing to assist Stu in returning to the real world. Whoopi Goldberg is fabulous as Death – just the right amount of sly wickedness that you would expect of an embodied death.

But Chris Kattan does a real star turn as the Organ Doner – his physical comedy and outrageous antics as a recently deceased gymnast are truly riotous and quite different from the characters he has played in past films or currently plays on Saturday Night Live – it is worth seeing this film just for his performance.

The plot is actually fairly complicated and the graphics and visual style are brilliant and mind-blowing; but again, this is not a film for children. However, most adults that can see the possibility of the humour that might actually lie in death will certainly get a kick out of it.


24 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Heavy Tim Burton influence? bytesmasher
Who thought up this Master Piece? ScarfaceFAN006
A new cult favorite? moosish
not recommended: watching last 30 mins at 3am after three bottles of red hasslefree_10
Song at the end.... Snugglebunny115
Song played during the enterence to the land of death slickhutch800
Discuss Monkeybone (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?