->''"We welcome you to Down Town and while you're in your coma,\\
This cheap and cheerful clown town will be your home sweet home-a!"''

''Monkeybone'' is a 2001 film directed by Henry Selick, loosely adapted from the graphic novel ''Dark Town'' by Kaja Blackley.

Stu Miley (Creator/BrendanFraser) is a cartoonist, whose life is looking up. He's recently sold the cartoon "[[ShowWithinAShow Monkeybone]]" to the network, and he's about to propose to the girl he loves. And then, he went into a coma. He wakes up in Down Town, a whimsical dreamlike place between life and death, where nightmares are big business. And guess who's waiting for him? Monkeybone, his Figment. He's stuck in Down Town, waiting, until [[Creator/WhoopiGoldberg Death]] gives him a ticket out. However, he finds out the plug's about to be pulled on him, so the pair sets out to steal an Exit Pass. However, once they've snatched it from Death, Monkeybone reveals himself as [[RageAgainstTheAuthor fed up with being just a figment]], and, with help of Hypnos, God of Sleep, uses the pass to become Stu in the real world. Hypnos plans to use Stu's body to distribute nightmare juice -- a chemical that causes nightmares in people and animals. HilarityEnsues as Death sends Stu to stop Monkeybone, in the body of a deceased Olympian.

!! This movie provides examples of:

* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: A DeletedScene gives an origin for Stu's "Get back in the pack!" demand of Monkeybone, as his cartoon self demands it of him. The same sequence introduces Monkeybone having his thumb in his butt, which becomes a plot element in the second half of the film.
** A different DeletedScene explains why the [[spoiler: Reaper robe Stu and Monkeybone use to infiltrate Death's abode has a green stain on it.]]
* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: The Figments and other inhabitants of Down Town.
* AntagonistTitle: The title character is part of the BigBadDuumvirate alongside Hypnos.
* [[{{Bowdlerized}} Avoid the Dreaded R Rating]]: Which kneecapped a couple of visual gags and some of the character development.
* BadassNormal: The doctors who ''refuse'' to let the zombie organ donor escape with ''their'' organs.
* BlackComedy: Used at points throughout.
* BrotherSisterIncest: In a DeletedScene, Monkeybone!Stu hits on Kimmy. It ends with Kimmy walking out, Squicked, and Monkeybone!Stu [[GroinAttack clutching his crotch in pain]].
* TheCameo: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as Death.
* CatchPhrase / PhraseCatcher: "Back in the pack!"
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: Death and Hypnos.
* {{Expy}}: Monkeybone is inspired by WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy.
* FishOutOfWater: Monkeybone [[spoiler:in Stu's body]].
* FaunsAndSatyrs: Hypnos appearance is this.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Monkeybone to Stu and Stu in a dead gymnast]].
** [[spoiler: Revealed to have happened historically with Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Lizzie Borden, and Attila the Hun.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Stu [[spoiler:as the Olympian throws ''internal organs'' at Stu!Monkeybone]]. His own.
* GrimReaper: Separate from Death herself, who is played by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg.
* GroinAttack: What does a dog's nightmare involve? Being fixed -- with massive garden shears. [[CatsAreMean By giant redneck cats]].
* ICallHimMrHappy: Young Stu's nickname for his hard-on is Monkeybone. Said hard-on ''literally'' becomes Monkeybone.
* LargeHam: Creator/JohnTurturro and Creator/BrendanFraser as Monkeybone.
* LittleBitBeastly: Miss Kitty, the waitress of Down Town's bar, is a CatGirl. She has some feline traits and mannerisms but looks mostly human, and there's a cute moment where she gives Stu supplies for his jailbreak that turn out be some cans of tuna and a bottle of cream. [[spoiler:We last see her minutes later, covering his escape by killing the rat guard and eating him]].
* LoveIsADrug: The most depressing cover of the song ever.
* MaleGaze: Monkeybone ogling and later ''diving into'' Miss Kitty's cleavage, the later of which we see from his POV. Justified in that he's supposed to represent Stu's sex drive.
* TheMerch: InUniverse. Stu despises it. Monkeybone!Stu ''loves'' it.
* MindScrew: The diving into his first drawing, among other things.
* MsFanservice: Miss Kitty. At least until [[spoiler:she [[FurryReminder chews a rat to death]].]]
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Herb (played by [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall David]] [[Series/NewsRadio Foley]]) rips off his clothes after sniffing the Oneirix.
* NightmareSequence: Many. Oneirix, which is literal Nightmare Fuel, is part of the plot.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A Creator/StephenKing stand-in (credited as "Man in the Dungeon,") who claims Literature/{{Cujo}} took the place of the original.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Stu [[spoiler:borrows an ex-gymnast's body, played by Creator/ChrisKattan]].
* PunnyName: S. Miley.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Monkeybone himself dislikes Stu, [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe and steals his body]]. [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed A number of historical figures suffered a similar fate]]]].
* RogerRabbitEffect: With {{stop motion}}. It's considered the best thing about the movie.
* ShoutOut: Stu is wearing a [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Nightmare Before Christmas]] wrist watch.
* ShowWithinAShow: The cartoon "Monkeybone" which Stu makes.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Considered as such towards Film/CoolWorld, as both movies had a plot where the creator's creation turns against them (Monkeybone and Holli Would).
* SurrealHorror: Some moments of this, especially when someone is affected by the Oneirix and during Stu's NightmareSequence where he is transformed into a carrot and is being operated on.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, as therapy helps Stu to become a successful artist.
* ToiletHumour: The Monkeybone dolls that Stu tries to sell have Monkeybone farting out yellow smoke [[spoiler:which Monkeybone quickly switches with the purple nightmare juice Oneirix]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The organ harvesters don't care that ''a corpse is walking and talking''. They just want the organs, dammit. They belong to ''them''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Well, the ''rat'' got eaten by Miss Kitty, but what happened to her after that is never mentioned in the theatrical cut. In the alternate ending, [[spoiler: Miss Kitty is shown at Hypnos' hideout showing Death where Hypnos is, so Death could punish him for causing so much trouble.]]