Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda, John Turturro, Rose McGowan, Megan Mullally, Whoopi Goldberg, A horny monkey, Some horny monkey jokes
Written by: Sam Hamm
Directed by: Henry Selick
Stu – “Excuse me kitty.I’ll be right back after I choke my monkey.”
WHAT IS IT? It’s the live-action/stop-motion movie Monkeybone based on the graphic novel Dark Town, and stars Brendan Fraser as the creator of cartoon character Monkeybone!
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: Monkeybone sounded great on paper with its mix of live-action, stop motion and larger than life characters which instantly conjured up the feel of classic movies like Beetlejuice (1988), The Mask (1994) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1989).Add to that the fact the movie was directed by Henry Selick the director of Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), written by Sam Hamm the writer of Batman (1989) and starred the always likeable Brendan Fraser it seemed like a sure fire hit.Unfortunately it wasn’t and Monkeybone flopped faster than a Marshmallow Man fitness DVD.What had the potential to go really far ultimately stalled at the gate because the story was dull, the jokes were nonexistent and horny monkeys just weren’t funny!
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Stu Miley (Fraser), creator of cartoon character Monkeybone, is pleased to finally find a TV network interested in turning his sexually provocative creation into a show.Sadly the happiness is short lived when a car accident puts Stu into a coma.Although to the outside world Stu is trapped in a comatose state, Stu is actually living inside a crazed ‘cartoon-like’ world in his own head where he meets his own rampant cartoon creation Monkeybone.Stu instantly finds this all a little weird; but not because wandering around a cartoon world is strange, but because if he’s honest with himself he’d kind of wished he’d invented a rampant Page 3 girl instead.Sadly he didn’t, so instead he has to rock out with his...monkey out, and put up with the fact that a sexually active cartoon monkey is quite annoying.
Stu also realises that whilst he’s living a life inside his own head, his body is at risk in the real world and so tries to find a way back home.With Monkeybone not being much help he starts interacting with a variety of strange creatures, including Rose McGowan dressed as a cat and Whoopi Goldberg.A little star struck at meeting Whoopi Goldberg Stu questions why the star of such movie hits as ‘Ghost’, ‘Sister Act’ and ‘The Color Purple’ is wasting her life away stuck in some strange monkey mind-fuck.Whoopi tells him she doesn’t really know the answer to that one because she presumed she would have received a call for ‘The Color Purple 2: Citizens on Patrol’ by now, but the fact that she hasn’t has left her at somewhat of a loose end.
With Stu busy chatting to Whoopi, he fails to notice Monkeybone escaping back into the real world, where he ‘hilariously’ takes control of Stu’s body, alienates his girlfriend and winds up the dog.By the time Stu realises his monkey has escaped it’s too late and so he knows he’s going to have to get his arse into gear to get the beast back in its cage.So Stu convinces Whoopi to help return him to the real world, where he takes control of the corpse of an Olympic athlete (?!) and confronts Monkeybone.
Unfortunately Monkeybone isn’t quite prepared to give up Stu’s body, so the pair fight it out on top of a giant balloon (?!); only to fall to their deaths.Fortunately for Stu it isn’t the end, because Whoopi Goldberg arrives to stop him from dying, puts Monkeybone back in Stu’s head, and sends him back to the real world.Although thankful for Whoopi’s intervention he feels the need to ask her why she didn’t just do that an hour ago and save him a lot of hassle.Just then Whoopi’s agent calls with news on the status of the sequel to ‘The Color Purple’ and so she ignores him and heads back to Hollywood.
MONKEY BUSINESS: *Although Stu is a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg’s he admits he’s never actually seen any of her movies.
*Stu later remembered he had once seen an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that had featured Whoopi as the recurring character Guinan.He said that although the sound wasn’t on and his girlfriend was blocking the TV set, he did enjoy her performance.
*’The Color Purple 2: Citizens on Patrol’ went straight to DVD, but was successful enough to spawn a series of further direct-to-DVD sequels, including ‘The Color Purple 3: Full Throttle’, ‘The Color Purple 4: Dream Warriors’ and the poorly received ‘The Color Purple 5: Beyond Thunderdome’.Although the final film took less money than it cost to make, it didn’t stop producers announcing that the next film in the series would be a reboot of the original; only this time in 3D!