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Plot: 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. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 23 Feb 2001
I have recently viewed Monkeybone on VHS and DVD. I was happy to see Hollywood take artistic chances in a big budget film. Henry Selick is to be congratulated on getting most of his vision on screen. The DVD showed what it could have been if fully realised. The cast was excellent with two bravura performances by Brendan Fraser and Chris Kattan.They cemented the film into a wonderfully dark comic piece.This is a difficult balance to develop and maintain. The TOWNTOWN sets were very suggestive and multilayered as our subconscience is as well.More would have been even better. This reminded me of <more>
the Salvador Dali sets created for Alfred Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND. There,too, the producer,David O.Selznick, got cold feet in not using all the sets which would have made the film a landmark piece.Again,afraid what audiences will accept.Please continue in breaking new ground. Thank you.
I wanted to see MONKEYBONE in theatres so bad, but it wasn't out for very long so when it came to video I rushed to the video store to rent it. I'm surprised that the video store didn't have more copies of the movie because it was absolutely one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my entire life. It's about a cartoonist named Stu Miley [Brendan Fraser in his best performance so far] who creates a character named Monkeybone [Wonderfully voiced by John Turturro], a monkey that says the most vulgar and outrageous [not to mention funniest] things imaginable. One night Stu <more>
has a car accident and falls into a coma. Soon he finds himself in a place called Dark Town where the most hideous and craziest characters hang out and where Stu meets his creation, Monkeybone. Monkeybone helps Stu steal an exit pass from Death [Whoopi Goldberg] that will allow Stu to wake up from his coma. Before Stu can get wake up back to the real world, Monkeybone knocks him out and steals his exit pass. This puts Monkeybone in Stu's body. Meanwhile, the real Stu is trapped in Dark Town. As confusing as that plot sounds, the plot gets even more confusing which is the only problem with the movie. Even with too much plot, the movie is a hilarious and entertaining romp that you won't want to miss!
He does it again ladies and gentlemen. Our boy is back with a brand new edition...and this time ...hes... brought... Whoopie! Mr. Fraser does an amazing job playing not only one but two roles of extreme eyeball pleasure. B.F.'s last seemingly effortless journey left us ...Bedazzled? And so will this. If you love movies that involve not only animated characters with purple gas but Chris Kattan then you will absolutely adore this hilarious romp through reality and B.F.eality. Thats right, we're in his head people and we can't get out but ask yourself, Would you really want to? Some <more>
young new hotshot, Bob Odenkirk, enjoyed a role but of course paled in comparison to the performance of Stu Miley...dreamer...comic book artist...giggler...Brendan Fraser.
A dark, but very funny film, from the director of "Nightmare Before Christmas." (by TuckMN)
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 <more>
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.
"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!
Imaginative, original, fun; an Alice in Wonderland for grownups! (by moosish)
What's wrong with the other folks who wrote to pan this film??? Where's their sense of humor, their appreciation both of the absurd and the original? This has got to be one of the most imaginative, fun, and well-done fantasy flicks I've ever seen! First off, Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda are two of the most talented, sexy and gorgeous actors in the world. They are just about perfect in this film. I can't recall ever seeing Bridget Fonda in a comedy before, but she is as good in this film as she is in her most dramatic roles. Brendan Frasier never disappoints either, no <more>
matter what kind of film he's in. In this go-round, he is absolutely flawless as both Stu and Monkeybone. Why is great comedic acting usually so under-rated? Speaking of comedy, I've never been much of a fan of Chris Kattan, but seeing him as a corpse walking with a broken neck has got to be one of the funniest physical comedy bits I've ever seen in my life. He injects new life !? into the film near its end, just when you think that there can't possibly be any more wild surprises left! And how can ANYONE not laugh at first seeing what the "Little Jack Horner" monkey toy can do??? I almost fell off my chair laughing! Unlikely creatures abound in Stu's unconscious! They are as fun to watch as any I've ever seen in A Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, or any other fantasy flicks I've ever seen. They are brought to life seamlessly by teams of brilliant animators. I think the very best one is the rolling, scrawny-legged egg-shaped body they gave to Giancarlo Esposito, another terrific actor I had no idea would be so funny in a comedic role.I had this flick on in the background while waiting for Larry King's show ! to start in an hour, but, after the first very silly ten minutes or so, I found myself paying full attention to this movie in spite of myself. I got drawn in by the terrific actors, the outrageous situations, and the amazing animation.There are some great rock songs in the soundtrack, too.I really can't understand why anyone wouldn't be amused by this most unusual, fun flick! Yes, it has some sophomoric humor, but so what? I think that everyone just needs to sit back and enjoy, and not read too deeply into what they're watching. Let the child in you be amazed by the nightmarish visions and the endless visual surprises. I think I just might go and buy my own copy of Monkeybone! ***
Well I guess it's not for everybody, but... (by hugh77)
I am sorry that so few people seem to get this movie. As for my wife and me, this movie just made us laugh out loud and marvel at its creativity. Now to make full disclosure, perhaps this is at least in part because we have both degrees in Psychology in fact, my wife has a PhD in psychology . The comments of jhclues of Salem make me think that he's stuck in his own nightmare and simply fails to see the fabulous insight the writers, cast and crew bring to this, in my opinion, very funny picture.Brendan Fraser, to my mind, is really an amazing and very under appreciated actor who has a <more>
remarkable gift for physical acting and comedy. This film abundantly displays his talents but I realize many people don't see them. I certainly respect Mr. Clues of Salem for his recognition of Mr. Fraser's courage and appreciation for the challenges he has encountered as an actor. I imagine that Brendan Fraser has endured far more than his share of pain and hazard in movie making. But as for Monkeybone, I believe this movie is easily the equal of some of the best work of the great Tim Burton. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Mr. Burton himself, didn't cherish this little sleeper.I certainly recognize that this picture may not be for everybody, but it definitely is a very funny one for some and I could not let the negative views of some reviewers be the only word on the subject for the readers of IMDb. Give it a try and I suspect that, in the words of Adrian Monk, "You'll thank me later."
Well first off I would like to disagree with previous commenter's.This movie was Not Directed by Tim Burton who made "Nightmare Before Christmas" and the recent "Charle and the Chocolate Factory".But even though this movie wasn't directed by that particular man of genius, this movie is rather funny and creative. Unsuspected turns left and right. Very Hilarious outcomes and a rather intriguing look at the afterlife. Definitely Worth the rent, and if you like it, It should be put in your collection.It is amazing how one man can go through so much of a destructive <more>
path just to end up where he actually wants to be. A fantastic look on life in the down end. I highly recommend it.
Visually stunning, but slightly lacking - good fun nonetheless. (by chris_1256)
"Monkeybone" brings together Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, Chris Kattan, Whoopi Goldberg and a whole lot of assorted animated and costumed 'figments' - plus the rather sexy Rose McGowan as the feline femme fatale, Kitty - in a darkly comic fantasy that owes much of its style to Tim Burton and his "Nightmare Before Christmas". Unsurprising, since director Henry Selick has worked with Burton on two prior occasions.The film's visuals are top-notch - the Downtown area features an eclectic mix of stop-motion, CG animation and Jim Henson-esqué costuming, and <more>
excellent set-pieces, like the CG'd head of Abe Lincoln descending from the clouds. I can't fault it there.However - and you knew this was coming - "Monkeybone", to me, seems disjointed. Barely ten minutes of screen time has passed since Stu entered Downtown, and already, a month has gone by? The aforementioned Kitty isn't even given an introduction - she's just there, and Stu suddenly knows her for no apparent reason.The actors give great performances - including Whoopi Goldberg as Death, one of whose scenes harks back to "Men In Black", and Chris Kattan as the decomposing corpse of a star gymnast, being chased by a gang of red-cloaked doctors who are out for his organs.Nonetheless, "Monkeybone" is enjoyable. While not the box-office smash that everyone hopes their movies will be, it serves its purpose and provides an entertaining - if sometimes perplexing - hour and a half.