Monkeybone is a wacky animated monkey from a comic strip, but the real focus in this movie is on Monkeybone’s creator Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser). Stu always had terrible nightmares, but was able to overcome them thanks to his girlfriend, Dr. Julie McElroy (Bridget Fonda) who is a sleep institute worker.
One night Stu ends up in a coma after a car accident and he finds himself in a strange world called Down Town. It’s filled with all sorts of creatures, some of which are animated in the style of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
There are some friendly creatures that Stu meets like Miss Kitty (Rose McGowan) the sweet and sexy feline waitress. My only concern is that she’s only in a few scenes throughout the movie. I would’ve liked to see more of her.
I’ve met several actors who played some of the different zany Down Town characters. They include Rose McGowan (Miss Kitty) at Spooky Empire 2012, Doug Jones (Yeti) at MegaCon 2011, and Brian Steele (Jumbo the Elephant God) at Spooky Empire 2010.
While Stu tries to cope with his situation, he discovers that Monkeybone is real and wackier than ever. Monkeybone like to perform and dive right into things, particularly Miss Kitty’s dress. I must admit that he sure knows how to hit his mark, if you know what I mean.
Stu’s only real concern is that he never had a chance to propose to Julie and tell her that he loves her. Luckily, Hypnos (Giancarlo Esposito) the god of sleep grants Stu and opportunity to do so by having him swipe an exit pass, which is what allows a coma victim to wake up. Of course that not easy to do. Since when do reapers go off duty?
After Stu succeeds Hypnos doublecrosses him and Monkeybone goes to take over Stu’s body and his life. Normally, Stu doesn’t like the idea of merchandising his creation, but Monkeybone is all for it. Of course, Monkeybone’s real task is to provide nightmares for Hypnos. In Down Town, people’s nightmares are like movies. The ones that Stu had are like big box office hits. No wonder he’s a celebrity there.
Later, Stu ends up meeting Death (Whoopi Goldberg), who happens to be Hypnos’s sister. (She’s not to be confused with Lady Death.) Normally Death isn’t so merciful, but she has a soft spot for Stu because she is a big fan of the Monkeybone comic strip. She sends Stu back to the world of the living to stop Monkeybone by simply kicking him in the rear.
Stu winds up in the body of a dead gymnast (Chris Kattan) that’s getting his organs removed by a group of doctors. What I don’t understand is why the doctors aren’t freaking out over a corpse that wakes up during the surgical procedure. Instead they chase Stu all over town to get his organs. That’s just so weird.
This was a good movie that has a similarity to Cool World. From what I understand, Monkeybone was labeled as a dark comedy, but what do you think?