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->''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!''

''Film/{{Monkeybone}}'' is a 2001 film directed by [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Henry]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} Selick]]. The film is based upon 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 [[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.

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!! This movie provides examples of:

* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: The Figments and other inhabitants of Down Town.
* BadassNormal: The doctors who ''refuse'' to let the zombie organ donor escape with ''their'' organs.
* BlackComedy: Used at points throughout.
* TheCameo: WhoopiGoldberg as Death.
* ClassicalMythology: Death and Hypnos
* ExecutiveMeddling: The film is choppy due to character development scenes being cut to achieve a PG-13 rating.
* {{Expy}}: Monkeybone is inspired by RenAndStimpy.
* FishOutOfWater: Monkeybone [[spoiler:in Stu's body]].
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Monkeybone to Stu, and Stu in a dead gymnast]].
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Stu [[spoiler:as the Olympian throws ''internal organs'' at Stu!Monkeybone]]. His own.
* GrimReaper: Separate from Death herself, who is played by WhoopiGoldberg.
* LargeHam: John Turturro and Brendan Fraser as Monkeybone.
* LittleBitBeastly: Miss Kitty, the waitress of Down Town's bar, is a CatGirl. [[spoiler:We last see her killing the rat guard and eating him]].
* LoveIsADrug: The most depressing cover of the song ever.
* TheMerch: Stu despises it. Stu!Monkeybone ''loves'' it.
* MindScrew: The diving into his first drawing, among other things.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Herb (played by [[TheKidsInTheHall David]] [[NewsRadio Foley]]) rips off his clothes after sniffing the Oneirix.
** Fair enough. [[{{UsefulNotes/Nudism}} Clothes can be pretty nasty.]]
* 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 Chris Kattan]].
* PunnyName: S. Miley.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Monkeybone himself dislikes Stu, [[spoiler:and steals his body. [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Stephen King]] suffered a similar fate.]]
* RogerRabbitEffect: Monkeybone is this, but with stop-motion.
* ShoutOut: Stu is wearing a [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Nightmare Before Christmas]] wrist watch.
* ShowWithinAShow: the cartoon "Monkeybone" which Stu makes.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Towards {{Cool World}}, as both movies had a plot where the creator's creation turns against them (Monkeybone and Holli Would).
* 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 turns out to be the Oneirix that Monkeybone uses to give people nightmares.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Stu nearly dies, leaving his body open to use to another soul a chance pounced upon by his eponymous creation (which, in his head, is the embodiment of his libido). While Monkeybone wreaks surreal havoc in this world, his creator has to barter with Dream and Death in the hereafter.

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