->''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 [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Henry]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} Selick]]. The film is based upon the graphic novel ''ComicBook/DarkTown'' by Creator/KajaBlackley.

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:

* AmazingTechnicolourPopulation: The Figments and other inhabitants of Down Town.
* [[{{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.
* TheCameo: Creator/WhoopiGoldberg as Death.
* Catchphrase / PhraseCatcher: "Back in the pack!"
* ClassicalMythology: Death and Hypnos.
* {{Expy}}: Monkeybone is inspired by WesternAnimation/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 Creator/WhoopiGoldberg.
* GroinAttack: What does a dog's nightmare involve? Being fixed -- with massive garden shears.
* LargeHam: Creator/JohnTurturro and Creator/BrendanFraser 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.
* 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: Stu despises it. Stu!Monkeybone ''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:and steals his body. [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Stephen King]] 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: Towards Film/CoolWorld, 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]].