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Monkeybone (2001)

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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)
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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Stiller was original cast to voice "Monkeybone" but had to step down due to complications with Mystery Men (1999). See more »


When Stu is singing in the club to Julie, as he passes a table a boom shadow is visible across his face. 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

Lisa Zane is listed in the opening credits, however due to editing her entire time on screen is only about 20 seconds. See more »


Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Monkeybone (2009) See more »


Written and Performed by Eleni Mandell
Courtesy of Space Baby Records
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A Beautiful Nightmare
14 October 2001 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"Monkeybone" is one of the most visually stimulating movies I've seen in quite a while! Its run in theaters was too brief, which doesn't do a movie like this justice. The imagery was surreal and disturbing, in a nice sort of way. It was interesting to see the strange denizens of Downtown, the mythological characters, the dead celebrities and so many others. The animated Monkeybone keeps the action and the comedy at a fever pitch. It all may have been too much for the average moviegoer. But I say this weird kaleidoscope is worth a look. You won't believe your eyes!

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