Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2001. Twentieth Century Fox, 1492 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Screenplay by Sam Hamm, based on the graphic novel Dark Town by Kaja Blackley. Cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Produced by Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe. Music by Anne Dudley. Production Design by Bill Boes. Costume Design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. Film Editing by Jon Poll, Nicholas C. Smith, Mark Warner.
Painfully unfunny comedy about a disenchanted cartoon artist (Brendan Fraser) 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, Bridget Fonda). 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 Chris Kattan 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.