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Retro Review: Monkeybone (2001)

Brett Nichols

Posted on October 25, 2020 22:51

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A review of the strange, zany, and very early 2000s vibe film staring Brendon Fraser

Big early 2000s Brendon Fraser fans sue me, but I just saw his very dark and odd 2001 movie Monkeybone for the first time. When I was a kid I remember seeing commercials for it and thinking "huh, that looks like a fun movie. It's got a talking cartoon monkey that sits on George of the Jungle's shoulder!" But in the end I never saw the film, as movies of the PG-13 kind were only allowed in the house if it fit in with the tastes of my parents. Let me tell you, Monkeybone would've never been on their radar. Where the movie has a high-pitched, wisecracking, little claymation monkey, it also has enough innuendo and just general creepiness that it would have definitely left my parents unamused and weirded-out, and me as a child very confused and slightly scarred. 

(Very slight spoiler alert: if you want to go into the movie blind, jump down to the next paragraph.) The movie begins with a cartoon artist (Fraser) who has hit it big with his extremely inappropriate little chimp named Monkeybone who is himself an innuendo for ... I'm sure you can figure it out. However, Fraser isn't a big fan of all the publicity, as he was just happy bringing his art to life and being with his girlfriend, the former of which he now resents — especially his creation of Monkeybone. Though after some unfortunate events, Fraser ends up in the realm of nightmares where he meets his infamous creation face to face. Fraser then works with Monkeybone to try to get back to his reality so that he can be with the woman he loves. 

The movie definitely feels as if it takes cues from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, or pretty much any other Tim Burton film. Its unique animation — particularly its use of claymation, extremely dark tone, and array of bizarre and quirky characters — all make it a must-see (at least on a visual level) for fans of Burton. You even have Gus Fring (i.e., the baddie on Breaking Bad who owns the Los Pollos Hermanos franchise) playing a goat-footed god of sleep.

What really kept me watching the film was not so much a compelling narrative, but rather what strange thing was going to happen next. You've got a dead guy doing gymnastics while doctors try to harvest organs from him, farting monkey toys, a grim reaper on a razer scooter, a bar tender with a bull's head, and so much more.

Would I recommend this movie to everyone? No. I would recommend this to is any 90s babies who loved the feels that Tim Burton-esque films gave them, or really anybody else who craves the films from that weird era. I can't guarantee you'll like this film but I can say this, if you can still bear watching the animation from Spawn or Blade and want a weird comedy to watch, Monkeybone is for you.

Brett Nichols

Posted on October 25, 2020 22:51

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Source: Screen Rant

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