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Monkeybone


When a cartoonist finds himself in a wild alternate world, he has only his own creations to help himor hurt himin his fight to get back to reality.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    20%
  • Audience Score
    27%

common sense

OFF for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Starts out bad and gets progressively worse.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some crass jokes and situations, excessive sexual innuendo, and some moderate profanity. Parents should be aware that there are copulating animals, sexually aroused humans, a nude female showering in silhouette, and enough cleavage and innuendo to put a James Bond movie to shame.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this movie and crude comedy in general. Were there parts of the film you found more offensive than funny? Would you seek out other movies like this or stick to lighter comedy fare?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    20%
    reviews counted: 7
    see all Monkeybone reviews
  • Audience

    27%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Primed to be dark, twisted, and playful -- all exhibited traits of the works of the director, animator Henry Selick -- it is instead juvenile, amateurish, and sloppy.

- Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The movie doesn't seem to have a purpose other than to fill space.

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fresh: ...an outrageously funny demonstration of how our interior angst can be put into the service of art.

- Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Based on the comic Dark Town but slightly twisted somewhat, resulting in this film from Selick,which by no means is a bad thing as the film is great fun. When I first saw this it was a straight to video release but I was enticed by the unusual title and colourful film cover, but I must admit after seeing it I didn't really like it that much. The film did bomb heavily in the US and this is why the UK only saw it at the videoshop which is a shame. I think the odd casting of Brendan Fraser (never been a big name really) and Bridget Fonda didn't help as the you don't tend to think of these two for a surreal 'Burton-esq' life after death flick as this. I also think Fraser gave the film a childish outlook due to his previous films plus he's not a great actor anyway so this may have detracted from the film. Upon watching again I must say I've warmed up to this fantasy now big time, it does show tremendous imagination and originality throughout which is unique in itself, add to that some marvellous stop motion animation, cartoon animation and a whole host loony toon rubber masks and suits equalling many strange and bizarre creatures. Selick being the master behind 'Nightmare Before Christmas' shows us again here how that wasn't a fluke, much like 'Beetlejuice' the characters are all suppose to be dead or with this film imaginatively created also. Most of the film is set in a limbo land and this allows Selick to run riot with the creations and utilize his skills in stop motion perfectly, all of which is really nicely done. You really could be forgiven for thinking this was a Burton/Selick collaboration as the film is very dark and off the wall highlighting their fascination of the afterlife being basically a pain in the ass. The whole film is highly colourful, vivid and shows great artistic merit with some nice alternative takes on the look for limbo, death, passing over etc...its not morbid but nicely ghoulish. Must applaud Chris Kattan for a brilliant little role as a dead body that Fraser's character inhabits towards the end, really nicely played and quite believeable as a corpse with a broken neck haha kudos. Worst choice is easily casting Whoopi Goldberg as 'Death', who's decision was that!!?.

- phubbs1, Saturday, February 1, 2014

3 stars

Based on the comic Dark Town but slightly twisted somewhat, resulting in this film from Selick,which by no means is a bad thing as the film is great fun. When I first saw this it was a straight to video release but I was enticed by the unusual title and colourful film cover, but I must admit after seeing it I didn't really like it that much. The film did bomb heavily in the US and this is why the UK only saw it at the videoshop which is a shame. I think the odd casting of Brendan Fraser (never been a big name really) and Bridget Fonda didn't help as the you don't tend to think of these two for a surreal 'Burton-esq' life after death flick as this. I also think Fraser gave the film a childish outlook due to his previous films plus he's not a great actor anyway so this may have detracted from the film. Upon watching again I must say I've warmed up to this fantasy now big time, it does show tremendous imagination and originality throughout which is unique in itself, add to that some marvellous stop motion animation, cartoon animation and a whole host loony toon rubber masks and suits equalling many strange and bizarre creatures. Selick being the master behind 'Nightmare Before Christmas' shows us again here how that wasn't a fluke, much like 'Beetlejuice' the characters are all suppose to be dead or with this film imaginatively created also. Most of the film is set in a limbo land and this allows Selick to run riot with the creations and utilize his skills in stop motion perfectly, all of which is really nicely done. You really could be forgiven for thinking this was a Burton/Selick collaboration as the film is very dark and off the wall highlighting their fascination of the afterlife being basically a pain in the ass. The whole film is highly colourful, vivid and shows great artistic merit with some nice alternative takes on the look for limbo, death, passing over etc...its not morbid but nicely ghoulish. Must applaud Chris Kattan for a brilliant little role as a dead body that Fraser's character inhabits towards the end, really nicely played and quite believeable as a corpse with a broken neck haha kudos. Worst choice is easily casting Whoopi Goldberg as 'Death', who's decision was that!!?.

- phubbs1, Saturday, February 1, 2014

3 stars

This was an enjoyable ride. It was just funny how the main act was holding his head on with anything he could find. I laughed every time he came up with something new and original to hold it up.

- fb733768972, Saturday, March 27, 2010