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(2001)

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When the film was being pitched as something altogether darker and closer in tone to the original graphic novel; Nicolas Cage and Christopher Walken were considered for roles played by Brendan Fraser and Whoopi Goldberg, respectively.
Ben Stiller was original cast to voice "Monkeybone" but had to step down due to complications with Mystery Men (1999).
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On 2016, Rose McGowan wrote this Instagram post:

"Here I am as Miss Kitty in a film called Monkeybone. The movie would've been incredible (at least the underworld part) if the men at 20th Century Fox (the suits) hadn't fired the director, a true artist, Henry Selick 1/2 the way through filming- a profoundly stupid move. Selick went on to direct Coraline and had already made the classic, James and the Giant Peach, both tremendous pieces of work. The set design, costumes, prosthetics, actors, all at master level, at least in the underworld part of the film. What #FoxStudios turned this film into because of their fear and lack of artistic thinking was a travesty. They truly robbed us, the audience, of a possible classic. Also-fun fact alert-Monkeybone was based on a graphic novel called Dark Town. The weenies at Fox changed the name to 'Downtown' because they were scared African Americans would be upset by a psychedelic underground acid trip of a world with a CAT for a waitress named Dark Town. Hmmm... I wonder how many African American women directors they've hired in ratio to white male directors? That is what is what Fox should have been/should be concerned with. #foxstudios #rosearmy #anarmyofthought #bravethebook #thinkdifferent #be better"
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The song "Hell" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers is heard in both Blast from the Past (1999) and "Monkeybone", both starring Brendan Fraser. Likewise, comic actor Dave Foley appears in both films.
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The movie makes allusion to many elements of Greek mythology: the Cyclops, the Minotaur, the Centaur, Medusa, Scorpion; and even Hypnos, the god of dreams.
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Director Cameo 

Henry Selick: The left hand drawing during the titles sequence.
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Director Trademark 

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

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
Dave Foley didn't use a double for the scene where Herb streaks.
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