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Monkeybone (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Fantasy  |  23 February 2001 (USA)
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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.



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


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 {}

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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 »

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Release Date:

23 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Monkeybone Project  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$5,409,517 (USA) (20 April 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Stephen King was set to make a cameo appearance but was unavailable on the day it was to be shot, due to a scheduling conflict. A look-alike actor, Jon Bruno, was found and appears in King's place. He refers to himself as "Steve King" rather than Stephen King, and is listed in the credits as "Man in Dungeon" for legal reasons. See more »


As Stu is transferred into his gymnast/organ donor body, when the doctors are pulling out organs, he stands up and startled the doctors. Just then, there is a boom mice visible about the doctors. See more »


Stu Miley: The woman I love is living with a horny little monkey that looks like me.
Kitty: What a lucky girl!
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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 »


References The Lone Ranger (1938) See more »


The Whistling Booty Train
Lyrics by Sam Hamm and Henry Selick
Music by Henry Selick
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Very surreal at times...and not nearly as bad as the critics said
8 July 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Let's face it...Monkeybone is definitely not the greatest movie ever made, but it has it's points.

Stu's visit to "Downtown" while in his coma has some truly startling special effects and puppetry...there are many images and icons from popular culture that are transposed here with great comedic and nightmarish effect. The sequence in which Stu goes into the surrealist painting he himself made has an unsettling quality to it that I usually only feel with Dali or Bunuel.

Brendan Fraser is very adequate in this movie, and Chris Kattan's appearance was quite welcome, but Bridget Fonda's prodigious acting talents are wasted here.

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