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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.


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:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Two extended scenes with optional commentary; Alternate ending; Director's commentary; Seven animation studies with optional commentary; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer & TV spots; Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.85:1]; Audio: English 5.1 DTS, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title [:24]
2. "Show Me The Monkey" [2:19]
3. The Cartoonist [2:24]
4. An Accident [2:19]
5. In Stu's Coma [1:16]
6. Kimmy [1:23]
7. Stu's Proposal [4:32]
8. Back Downtown [:09]
9. An Exit Pass [1:48]
10. Pajama Party [1:33]
11. Pulling The Plug [2:43]
12. The Sleep Institute [:15]
13. Injected [2:46]
14. Stu? [2:19]
15. Monkey Love [2:00]
16. Making Nightmares [2:09]
17. Monkey Marketing [4:41]
18. Organ Donor Stu [1:40]
19. Toxic Monkeys [3:12]
20. Where's My Body? [1:44]
21. Going Back [3:09]
22. End Titles [1:21]


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Monkeybone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Monkeybone in the theater and thought it was funny and entertaining. But I did not realize what a dark comedy animation spectacle it is until I watched it again. The movie really has many moments of brilliance, both visual and comedic. I keep finding new jokes studded throughout each time I view it. This is why I feel Monkeybone is an excellent DVD. It is definitely one that gets better each time around, and an excellent example of how the DVD medium can improve the experience of a movie. The story of Monkeybone is definitely clever, although not executed as perfectly as one would wish. It centers on the life of a rising comic strip artist Stu Miley (played by Brendan Fraser) whose Monkeybone cartoon is beginning to achieve great success. He has a car accident and falls into a coma the night that he is planning to propose to his girlfriend (Bridget Fonda). Stu finds himself in Down Town, a surreal purgatory space where coma patients reside waiting to either wake up or die. Here he finds the live version of his cartoon character Monkeybone, along with a host of other darkly rendered characters, including a great cameo by Steven King. Just as Stu is on the verge of gaining the key that will get him back to the real world, Monkeybone steals it instead and ends up taking Stu's place. Chaos ensues, and Stu has to come back to life in the body of Chris Kattan in order to win back his girlfriend. It is not the plot of the movie as much as the stylized land of Down Town and its characters, as well as many allusions to pop culture that make the movie so much more than it appears at the outset. There are layers upon layers of jokes aimed at filmophiles, as well as plenty of the visual extravagance and nightmare/dream sequences reminiscent of Tim Burton movies. Throw in an alternate ending, deleted scenes, and some great smaller role performances (Megan Mullaley and Rose McGowan to name only two) and this is a superior DVD. Even if you have already seen Monkeybone, watch it again. You'll be surprised by how much more you find in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK, I saw the movie in the theaters and I don't see why more people didn't like it. 1)Brendan Fraiser is always funny. 2)Animated Monkey (come on, admit it, they're always good) 3)Chris Kattan is so funny he makes up for Night at the Roxbury. 4)Rose McGowan in every cat woman style costume you could imagine. 5)Whoopie Goldburg being funny for the first time in like a decade.] 6)Tim Burton directed it. Nuff said. Also, the story was incredible. I could never have thought of half this stuff and I'm a cartoonist. Great movie, get it, view it, or miss out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Me and my cousin watched this on our way down to NC. It was hilarious!!!!!! Breandon Fraiser was awesome! We couldn't stop laughing and when we could we started again!!!! Must buy!!!