Monkeybone (2001)

HENRY SELICK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2001.  Twentieth Century Fox, 1492 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation.  Screenplay by , based on the graphic novel Dark Town by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

Painfully unfunny comedy about a disenchanted cartoon artist () who goes into a coma following a car accident and descends into an animated world of his own brain’s design. While down there, his precociously vulgar character Monkeybone steals his coma-exit visa and takes over Fraser’s human body, living his human life in a huge new way and terrifying the life out of his bewildered girlfriend (a lovely, but wasted, ). Director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) has actually created the unthinkable: a movie along the lines of Cool World that is actually worse than Cool World. The performances here are all confused, the direction of both the live-action and animated scenes totally flat and, until enters as the walking corpse in the last twenty minutes, the humour virtually non-existent. The visual effects are well executed but are so lacking in ingenuity that they are instantly forgettable.

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