Monkeybone

Monkeybone

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Director: Henry Selick

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg

     
 

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This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Brendan Fraser stars as Stu Miley, a cartoonist who created a randy monkey character called Monkeybone that has taken off in popularity, making him a celebrity.See more details below

Overview

This feverishly energetic comedy combines stop-motion animation and live action from director Henry Selick, creator of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). Brendan Fraser stars as Stu Miley, a cartoonist who created a randy monkey character called Monkeybone that has taken off in popularity, making him a celebrity. Stu's set to launch a TV series based on Monkeybone and marry his beautiful fiancée Julie (Bridget Fonda) when he's injured in a freak accident that puts him in a coma. He travels to Dark Town, a holding area for the comatose who wait to either regain consciousness or move on to the afterlife with the help of Death (Whoopi Goldberg). Dark Town is also a realm where fictional characters reside and before long Stu has met the vulgar Monkeybone, who travels back to the land of the living to inhabit Stu's body. Aided by Kitty (Rose McGowan), Stu must find a way to reclaim his body and put Monkeybone back in his place before the raunchy primate ruins his charmed life. Monkeybone is based on the cartoon graphic novel Dark Town by Kaja Blackley.

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Stu (Brendan Fraser), creator of a twisted cartoon about an uninhibited monkey, is poised on the brink of happiness. After leaving a party to celebrate signing with the Comedy Channel, he is on his way to propose to his girlfriend, Julie (Bridget Fonda), when tragedy -- or rather tragicomedy -- strikes, in the form of a slapstick car accident that sends him into a coma. While Julie waits faithfully by his hospital bed for months, Stu descends into a nightmarish limbo called Downtown, inhabited by his freakish cartoon creations, including the nutty monkey of the title. Here director Henry Selick returns to what he does best, conjuring a whimsical, frightening fantasy world like those of his previous films, A Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. Though populated by familiar man-beetles and cat-women, Monkeybone leaves the whimsy of those two previous films behind for a more mature tone. It never quite arrives, however, basking instead in an adolescent gross-out humor -- a tactic that makes an interesting point about the sophistication today's blossoming adults in general and Stu's id in particular. Monkeybone, the character -- digitally animated and voiced by John Turturro -- is a libidinous trickster with a penchant for fart jokes. Adapted from the graphic novel Dark Town, Monkeybone has more the look and spirit of a comic book, from its broad performances to its cornpone ending. The outrageous humor at play here is aimed squarely at those who haven't lost touch with the primate within.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
UPC:
0013132435794
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
32,930

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser Stu Miley
Bridget Fonda Julie McElroy
Whoopi Goldberg Death
Chris Kattan O.D. Stu
Dave Foley Herb
Giancarlo Esposito Hypnos
Rose McGowan Kitty
Megan Mullally Kimmy
Lisa Zane Medusa
John Turturro Monkeybone

Technical Credits
Henry Selick Director,Executive Producer
Michael Barnathan Producer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Boes Production Designer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Everett Chasex Set Decoration/Design
John Chichester Art Director
Chris Columbus Executive Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Sam Hamm Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Bruce Hill Art Director
A. Todd Holland Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Martin Roy Mervel Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Ozimek Set Decoration/Design
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Patterson Sound/Sound Designer
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Jon Poll Editor
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Lata Ryan Executive Producer
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
Mark Warner Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Monkeybone
1. Main Titles [2:44]
2. Crash [7:09]
3. Downtown [8:20]
4. Exit [5:25]
5. Caviar Nightmares [8:12]
6. Death [8:59]
7. Monkey Unleashed [10:42]
8. Nightmare Juice [8:32]
9. A New Body [8:55]
10. "He's Monkeybone!" [9:05]
11. Monkey to Man [8:12]
12. End Credits [6:18]

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