Henry Selicks Monkeybone is another of the directors 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 isnt 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 its 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 isnt for you, avoid. If seeing Fraser ham it up as hes enjoyed doing before in the likes of George of the Jungle, then enjoy!--Paul Tonks [show more]
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Comedy directed by Henry Selick based on Kaja Blackley's graphic novel and starring Brendan Fraser and Bridget Fonda. Happy to have just sold his character Monkeybone to a television company, cartoon artist Stu Miley (Fraser) is getting ready to propose to his girlfriend Julie (Fonda) when he is involved in a terrible accident. Sinking deep into a coma, Stu is then joined by Monkeybone (voice of John Turturro) in an unlikely journey in a bizarre nightmare realm. But Monkeybone escapes from the dream and begins creating all kinds of libidinous havoc in the real world. Can Stu somehow find a way back and put a stop to this animated simian chaos?