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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, John Turturro, Chris Kattan, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Writers: Kaja Blackley, Sam Hamm
  • Producers: Henry Selick, Chris Columbus, Lata Ryan, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634AT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Henry Selick’s Monkeybone is another of the director’s brave experiments in combining various forms of animation following his successes with The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. Two-dimensional, stop-motion, CGI and muppetry effects whizz by with casual dazzle, but sometimes a collection of great ideas isn’t just enough for moviegoers, and audiences summarily dismissed Monkeybone at the cinema. Shame really, because the eye-popping design deserves as big a screen as possible to drink it all in.

Adapted from a graphic novel the story concerns cartoonist Stu Miley (a suitably schizophrenic Brendan Fraser) who finds himself in a hellish purgatory called Downtown after a freak car accident puts him in a coma. Once there, he must find a way to cheat Death in the person of Whoopi Goldberg. There are complications, however. In the real world his girlfriend (Bridget Fonda) is battling to prevent his family pulling the plug, and his comic character alter ego Monkeybone has come to life as a randy stop-motion whirligig of bad taste and ideas.

Although visually the film is a feast of inventive ideas--the amazing look of the Pyjama Party and the Land of Death are truly impressive--ultimately Monkeybone stands or falls by its sense of humour. But then it’s all a matter of taste. If the sight of a possessed organ donor jumping off the operating table and running around with a broken neck isn’t for you, avoid. If seeing Fraser ham it up as he’s enjoyed doing before in the likes of George of the Jungle, then enjoy!--Paul Tonks

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'Monkeybone' is the story of cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) and what happens to him after he is involved in a car accident and sent plummeting to the nightmarish world of 'Downtown', (the place where people go while they are waiting to die) where he encounters his zany cartoon creation, the eponymous 'Monkeybone' from the title. Seizing the opportunity for mischief, Monkeybone escapes back into the real world and inhabits Stu's body, causing much mayhem, while Stu is left in 'Downtown' with no means of escape. Or has he...?
'Monkeybone' has much going for it as a film - visually it is stunning, especially the scenes which take place in 'Downtown', a place reminiscent of 'Halloween Town' from Tim Burton's 'A Nightmare before Christmas' (also directed by Henry Selick), and it also boasts some great performances by it's actors.
Brendan Fraser gives a fantastic performance as Stu Miley, and also as 'Stu-Bone', where he gets to flex those comic muscles full tilt as he literally becomes a monkey in a mans body! (and boy!... can he wear leather well!)
Chris Katton, as the Organ Donor, is hilarious as is Whoopi Goldberg as 'Death with attitude', and John Turturro excels as the voice of the cartoon Monkeybone.
However, Monkeybone is far from perfect. For starters, this is a film that doesn't know what it wants to be. After watching the deleted scenes, you then, and only then, get an idea of how dark this film could have been if only it hadn't been hacked to pieces by an over exuberant editing team. You get the feeling, the powers that be were trying to tame it down for a younger audience and tie it into merchandising opportunities. Sadly, it didn't work.
Despite a colossal budget and big name actors, Monkeybone was declared a commercial flop when it opened in the US in 2001 and has gone straight to DVD/VHS pretty much everywhere else. A shame, because this is one gem that is worth a watch, regardless of it's flaws.
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I rather like Brendon Fraser films - I think he's a pretty reasonable actor and his films are usually bearable.
BUT... This film was been sold as being a `hilarious comic-adventure' and that's nothing but a BIG FIB !! Also I can see how this film is clearly not to everyone's tastes, as its rather strange and very `arty' in places (though personally I quite like it).

The main character has a mischievous cartoon-character sidekick (reminiscent of a ruder version of Roger Rabbit) and he becomes trapped in a fantasy dream world very much like the afterlife-world in the classic movie Beetlejuice.
However, this film isn't really an alternate version of Beetlejuice or Roger Rabbit - it seems to be a patch-work quilt made from lots of ideas borrowed from other films... It has elements of the following films :-`Cool World', The Mask, Heaven Can Wait, Shivers (about a rogue spirit inhabiting a revived persons body) and it even a large dash of Alice in Wonderland thrown in for good measure !

This ISN'T a rip-roaringly funny film, the gags are few and far between...
Some of the humour in this film is a little `unsubtle' and is certainly unsuitable for small children (e.g, visual gags about erections and at one point human internal organs are being flung around !).
However, it does have a couple of vaguely amusing moments and the pace of this film is fast so it never becomes dull.

Visually this film is very impressive, any hardcore Tim Burton / Beetlejuice fans will probably enjoy the bizarre surreal suedo-gothic imagery and characters Brendon encounters in his dream world.

The irrepressible Whoopee Goldberg puts in a surprising appearance as `Death', who has to send her Grim Reapers out into the real world to collect souls.
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Life couldn't be better for cartoonist Stu Miley. He has created a hit comic strip, Monkeybone and is happy and in love with his beautiful girlfriend Julie.

On the night Stu is to propose to Julie, he is struck down in a freak accident. While Stu's body lies comatose - and Julie maintains a constant bedside vigil - his conscious spirit is transported to Downtown, a purgatory-like limbo existing between life.

Upon his arrival, Stu learns his ominous fate: There's no turning back. And just as things seem like they couldn't get any worse, Stu's alter ego, Monkeybone, springs to life to stir up some trouble.

Stu must outwit Death in order to return to the world of the living before the doctors pull the plug on Stu's life support....

This film has so much in common with 1992's Cool World, that you could be forgiven for watching the same thing. Both colourful characters want to escape to the real world, both cannot decide to entertain young ones or adults, and both are very boring indeed.

This has the edge on the other though, Fraser is likable, and Fonda is as good as ever. The main problems are when we are in the other world, it appears that Selick has taken Burtons Beetlejuice world and made it boring and unimaginative.

And this is the other problem, there is no imagination, and the effects are terrible for such a big movie.

Deserved of its box office, it's a film that won't tarnish any actors name, because it's a movie about nothing.

Stick with Beetlejuice and Nightmare Before Christmas.
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