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Monkeybone (Special Edition) (2001)

Brendan Fraser , Bridget Fonda , Henry Selick  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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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: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Live, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monkeybone (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Insider's look at the fascinating live action/ animation process
  • Extended scenes
  • Fantasical creature gallery

Editorial Reviews

Brendan Fraser plays the best-looking cartoonist you'll ever see in Monkeybone. Stu (Fraser) has created an animated character named Monkeybone, who sprang from his repressed sexual anxieties. He's just sold his animated series to a cable channel, and is being bombarded with proposals for toys and other marketing extravaganzas, when he and his girlfriend Julie (Bridget Fonda) get into a car wreck and Stu falls into a coma. But comas are much more complicated than you might expect: Stu finds himself in Down Town, where lives a mixture of other people in comas and figments of these people's imaginations. 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 (or herself, as Death is played by Whoopi Goldberg). Sound complicated? Well, from there it only gets more ornate. Monkeybone is a bit of a mess, but it's never boring, and every now and then it roars to amazingly dynamic life. Fraser is excellent, and the strong supporting cast includes Giancarlo Esposito (Do the Right Thing), Rose McGowan (Scream), Dave Foley (Brain Candy), and Saturday Night Live's Chris Kattan as a gymnast with a broken neck who... well, it's a bit complicated to explain. A crazy quilt of a movie, chock-full of delirious ideas and inspired moments. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

It's rude! It's raunchy! It's totally outrageous! Brendan Fraser goes bananas in this comedy that breaks all the rules. After a car crash sends repressed cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) into a coma, he and the mischievous Monkeybone, his hilariously horny alter-ego, wake up in a wacked-out waystation for lost souls. 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!

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mess of a film, yes...But also brilliant... July 13, 2001
"Monkeybone" is the type of experimental, twisted movie that is destined to become a cult classic. Mixing shades of Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" with an enormous variety of influences such as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "All of Me," "Alice in Wonderland," and even "Regarding Henry," this movie is a stop-motion cartoon, a live-action love story, a dark comedy, a fantasy, a Freudian nightmare, and more. It contains an extremely diverse and unusual cast, including Brendan Fraser as a cartoonist in a coma, Bridget Fonda as his fiancee, Whoopi Goldberg as Death (yes, you read that right), Chris Kattan as the decomposing corpse of a gymnast, Megan Mullally as the cartoonist's sister who is very eager to pull the plug, Dave Foley as the cartoonist's manager, and Rose McGowan as a kitty cat (yes, once again, you read that right)! It also contains bizzare, strange, and cool animation by director Henry Selick, who also directed Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas."
Ostensibly, "Monkeybone" is the story about an artist's struggle between artistic integrity and cartoonish commercialism, about the difference between a work of art and a mere doodle, a satire about the consequences of "selling out." It is also a Freudian fairy tale about a man whose sexual id is represented by a cartoon monkey. Monkeybone is literally this man's erection. The story is an examination of what happens when one lets one's id take over his whole life. It is a psychological analysis of what nightmares are made of. It is a surrealistic comedy containing some of the most startling, visually stunning images you are likely to see on film for a long time, including strange representations of many classical, mythological creatures.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appealing to many types of viewers June 26, 2001
I have to say I'm surprised and glad to see the praise this movie is getting. I thought I'd have to come in and defend it, but I see you all have some taste ;)
I talked to two people at work about this movie after I saw it. All three of us have different tastes and all three got something different out of it. I am the animation fanatic, and was interested in seeing another film by the director of Nightmare before Christmas. I enjoy Henry Selick's style and vision, and saw it come through quite well at moments in the film. It's funny that the things I did not like so much about the movie were what my co-workers (and some reviewers here) liked best. Bill is an SNL and comedy lover, and watched purely for that aspect. He thought the movie was hilarious but a little too weird. And my film snobby assistant was impressed with the insider jokes and references, half of which I didn't even catch.
This is why I give the film four stars. It is very good. We all liked it. But none of us loved it 100%. Of course, if we had had, one of us would give it five stars and the others would pan it completely. I guess that's the problem with trying to please everyone all the time. At least Monkeybone comes close, and I recommend it equally to animation, cult film, and comedy lovers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was dying laughing! September 10, 2001
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This was a weird movie and very funny. At one point I fell off of the couch laughing and we had to stop the DVD! We were both laughing so hard we couldn't hear what was going on so we had to play it again. We are going to buy this one for sure!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendan Fraser Takes Risks Again July 16, 2001
It is amazing to me that every time Brendan Fraser does an edgy, risky movie, like this one, his audience bottoms out. Yet when he does work that I find barely watchable, like the two "Mummy" movies, he is a huge hit. This film drew few viewers, just like his "Still Breathing," "Gods and Monsters," and "Twilight of the Golds." Here Fraser plays cartoonist Stu who via a coma is transported to Down Town. Other people in comas and people who are created by others' imaginations live in Down Town. They all crave nightmares and dreams. It is a hyper surreal place. Stu's creation, Monkeybone, lives there too and Monkeybone plots to take Stu's place in the real world. Monkeybone does emerge in the real world in Stu's body and Fraser does a superb job playing a monkey in the body of a man. In fact, his character is the most fun when Monkeybone takes over. I've never seen before "Saturday Night Live's" Chris Kattan. He plays a gymnast with a broken neck whose body Stu inhabits while trying to get his own body back from Monkeybone. He turns in an amazing performance as well and I'd like to see him in more. I do not know the technicalities of animation film making. However, the combination of animation characters with real world actors, like Fraser, is done superbly and seamlessly here. In fact, it might ruin the film for me to know how it is done so I'm just as glad that I don't know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really want to re-make this movie August 24, 2001
If only I had the power to film some additional footage and then re-release this, I think "Monkeybone" would be a much bigger hit, and people would love it a lot more. Sadly, I'm just some punk kid from Maryland, so that's not possible. Yet. The story is very fun, very weird, and more original than most junk that has been released in the past couple of years. Everybody else has already wrote about it, and you can read about the story in the description, so I won't bother. All of the actors fit their roles pretty well, and there isn't anybody who is really irritating. The special effects are great and incredibly atmospheric. I almost want to see a TV series about Downtown, just because it's such an amazing thing to see. The dialogue is usually well-fitting, and there are some really great jokes, as well as some really horrible ones, but there's a very decent balance. So, why give this only 3 stars? Because the beginning was rushed way too much. To begin with, they open it with a cartoon that is meant to be a mood-setter, to show you what the Monkeybone character is like and what the comedy style is like. The cartoon fails miserably. It's not funny at all, and it's just embarrassing to watch. After the cartoon, there are a few attempts to develop Stu, the main character, and his girlfriend. Then they just skip the plot/character development entirely, and send Stu to Downtown. This would be great if they bothered to explain Downtown first, but they didn't, and you sort of have to guess based on what the description of the movie is and a short song that some talking lampposts sing. With maybe twenty minutes of additional footage at the beginning to ease us into the story, this movie would have been gold. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie
It was good, I picked this rating because I think it fits it best, but the movie was good, been wanting to see it again for a long while.
Published 4 months ago by None
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
Published 4 months ago by lonnie ray bell
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
Came faster than expected, not a scratch on it, and the case and everything is in perfect condition. Thank you very much, damn good movie.
Published 4 months ago by Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastick
The whole family loves this movie. It is so funny and keeps the kids watching from start to end, they just love it.
Published 7 months ago by Shirleyg909
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Daughter!! :)
We bought this for our daughter....she has been wanting this DVD forever to add to her DVD collection....SHE LOVED this Movie...and WE LOVED the PRICE!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Wester
3.0 out of 5 stars damaged
The movie was ok. It was funny. Strange but funny.
But the disc was scratched and the box was damaged. It looked like someone had taken a box cutter to it.
Published 12 months ago by HarlotSlaughter
4.0 out of 5 stars Monkeybone
Purchased this movie for my teenage daughter. We had rented this movie years ago and she fell in love but it's now hard to find. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth Ann Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!!
This movie right here is my childhood... I have always enjoyed this movie but, it is never on tv = ( Anywho, the dvd is perfect and was new, no damage in anyway, plays beautifully.
Published 14 months ago by Jasmine Kaplita
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my son
My son wanted this movie for his collection. He loves it and was surprised that I found it so cheap!
Published 15 months ago by Carisa Fore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
CD arrived on time and in great condition. Movie is an enjoyable addition to CD's I like to watch around the Haloween season.
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