In a coma after an accident, cartoonist Stu Miley finds
himself trapped in the limbo between life and death in the surreal
Downtown. But he must find a way to get back while racing against
his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. On
the way he must outwit Death and also contend with Monkeybone's
antics as the creature takes over Stu's earthly body
Left to right: Frit and Frat
Fuller as '3 Headed Devil', Doug Jones as 'Yen the Yeti', Leif
Tilden as 'Cyclops', and Brian Steele as 'Jumbo the Elephant
Two of L.A.'s famed creature houses
- XFX and Captive Audience - brought the creatures
to their larger-than-life, fully-functioning status. "Our
approach to the design of the characters was to them completely
unrealistic," says XFX's Steve Johnson. "We purposefully
did things crudely, and kind of rough and emotional. However,
when you look at the overall palette of the film, you understand
that this fits within a specific context. "
Once an actor was cast to play a
creature, the filmmakers took a mold of his or her face and body,
so the creature designers had a distinct shape over which to sculpt
the suit. Each character was then assigned puppeteers to guide
the animatronics. One creature might require up to six puppeteers
for optimal operation. On set, Pons Maar choreographed Selick's
direction, giving sometimes blinded actors audio cues for eye
line and movement.
captures from 'Monkeybone'
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