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Monkeybone (2001)

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:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Kaja Blackley (graphic novel "Dark Town"), Sam Hamm

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Stu Miley
Bridget Fonda ... Julie McElroy
John Turturro ... Voice of Monkeybone (voice)
Chris Kattan ... Organ Donor Stu
Giancarlo Esposito ... Hypnos
Rose McGowan ... Miss Kitty
Dave Foley ... Herb (as David Foley)
Megan Mullally ... Kimmy
Bob Odenkirk ... Head Surgeon
Pat Kilbane ... Burger God Rep
Lisa Zane ... Medusa
Whoopi Goldberg ... Death
Sandra Thigpen ... Alice
Wayne Wilderson ... Hutch
Amy Higgins ... Clarissa (as Amy D. Higgins)
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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}

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Monkeybone Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,685,078, 25 February 2001

Gross USA:

$5,411,999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,210,366
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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

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

Alternate Versions

About 30 minutes worth of scenes in the film were cut from the release print. These include scenes which introduce the audience Julie's friends, more scenes with Stu Miley and his love intrest Kitty in Downtown, a few scenes which included various sexual references which had to be cut for the film to acheive a PG-13 rating, lots of the creatures created for Downtown are unseen in the final cut becuase the few various shots of these creatures were delelted, a longer version of Stu Miley singing Brickhouse and many stop-animation scenes were also cut. See more »

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Back in the Bag
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Sporadically amusing – imaginative and silly by turns
22 December 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Stu Miley is an aspiring cartoonist who's creation "Monkeybone" has just been picked up by Comedy Central for 6 episodes. He isn't ready for the commercialisation of his character though and slips away from the screening of his pilot with his girlfriend. Ironically, a car load of merchandise sees him have a car accident that lands him into a coma. While his girlfriend sits by his bedside worrying, Stu is thrown into a nightmare world where only his own creation seems interested in helping get the exit pass necessary to escape. However when push comes to shove, it is Monkeybone that escapes back into the real world to put his evil plot into action.

For the first thirty minutes or so of this film I was wondering why it didn't have better ratings on this site because I actually found it very enjoyable. The reason for this was the sheer imagination and weird creativity of the cartoon world was keeping me engaging. However once Monkeybone's betrayal has happened the action moves more and more into the real world. While doing this it does try to retain the same wacky sense of imagination but somehow, out of context, it doesn't work that well and instead of being funny it is rather silly. It doesn't help that at this point the film also starts to work on a plot of sorts and that again takes away more than it adds.

The cast are very mixed despite being so starry. Fraser is best in his Stu role but struggles with his Monkeybone personae; he tries hard and gives it his all but again it is all a bit silly. Fonda has a thankless supporting role that sees her having to carry the plot. Turturro was a good choice of voice for Monkeybone but not enough is made of his character. The rest of the cast features mostly amusing turns from Kattan, Goldberg, Foley, Esposito and others, mostly benefiting from the minor comic turns they are asked to perform outside of the main plot.

Overall then a very inconsistent film. In the coma it is imaginative and fascinating to watch but, outside of these scenes it relies on comedy and plot to get by and sadly has neither in sufficient quantity to make for a complete film.


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