Monkeybone script
Monkeybone (2001)
Synopsis: Slipping into a coma following a freakish accident, cartoonist Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser) finds himself in an incredible fantasy world known as Down Town. To return to reality, Stu has to outwit Death, herself (Whoopi Goldberg)... but one of the cartoonist's own creations, Monkeybone, has come to life and is manically intent on destroying Stu's plans to resume his life.

FADE IN:

MAIN CREDITS ROLL

over BLACK SCREEN, with PORTENTOUS SPOOKY MUSIC underneath. Just as the

music reaches its crescendo, we hear a simian SCREECH.

A BUCK-TOOTHED CARTOON MONKEY swings past on a vine. TITLE WIPES IN with

him:

MONKEYBONE(tm)

in

"FREUD CHICKEN!"

TIGHT CLOSEUP - STANLEY (ANIMATED)

A POCKETWATCH swings back and forth in F.G. Gaping at it is a goofy,

bespectacled CARTOON CHARACTER, sucking his thumb as his EYES move back

and forth. After a moment, the LEFT EYE freezes in place - but the right

eye keeps going back and forth with the watch.

SHRINK'S VOICE (o.s.)

Back, Stanley...you're going back...back to when

it all began. Are you going back yet? Come on,

get back, ve haven't got all day.

Now BOTH EYES are locked in place. The patient is hypnotized.

INT. SCHOOLROOM - DAY (ANIMATED)

A squat, lumpy TEACHER, MISS HUDLAPP, is straining to erase the

Gettysburg Address, which is written along the very top of the

blackboard. There's an obtrusive, rhythmic BANGING noice in B.G.

STANLEY (V.O.)

It was third grade. The teacher was Miss

Hudlapp. She was kinda squat and lumpy - she

smelled funny - but she was kind.

MISS HUDLAPP:

CLASS!

(turning around suddenly)

How many times have I told you? In this class we

do not pound tenpenny nails into Stanley's head!

REVERSE ANGLE - ON STANLEY

Hapless ten-year-old STANLEY, still goofy and bespectacled, in his

front-row desk. NAILS stick out of his head. The FOUR MEAN KIDS poised

around him lower their hammers and return to their seats, grumbling.

A dreamy SMILE crosses STANLEY's face as he gazes at MISS HUDLAPP.

STANLEY (V.O.)

You know how some teachers have those, kind of,

flaps on their arms - those big sacks of limp

flab that like, dangle?

As MISS HUDLAPP pulls her sweater off, TWO MASSIVE ARM-FLAPS - fifty

gallons of flab apiece - SPILL OUT and SMACK INTO THE FLOOR.

MISS HUDDLAPP claps two erasers together, kicking up a cloud of dust.

Young STANLEY watches, transfixed by her massive ARM FLAPS. We TRACK IN

on the gigantic ARM FLAPS as they swing hypnotically back and forth,

with a loud SLAP each time they collide.

STANLEY (V.O.)

It sounds weird...but for some reason, as I

watched those big old flaps of hers, I began to

feel...well...oddly...

Now we TRACK IN on the mesmerized STANLEY. A SONG comes up underneath:

Donna Summer, "I FEEL LOVE."

STANLEY (V.O.)

...aroused.

(beat)

And then the horror began.

DOINK! STANLEY looks down at his LAP in horror. The boys and girls

around him are pointing and tittering.

Grimacing in embarrassment, he discreetly places a heavy TEXTBOOK onto

his lap, suppressing the bulge in his pants. But SPROING!! - the BOOK

goes flying across the room. The BULGE is fighting back!

The kids DUCK AND COVER beneath their desks as STANLEY slams a STACK of

textbooks onto his lap. It's no use - the WHOLE STACK goes flying, and

BOOKS come raining down on the entire class! Now MISS HUDLAPP is staring

directly at him...

MISS HUDLAPP:

Young man. What's that in your lap?

She marches toward him. STANLEY pulls his BACKPACK over his lap.

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Sam Hamm

Sam Hamm (born November 19, 1955) is an American screenwriter. Hamm is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. As a result of his work, he was invited to write for Detective Comics. The result was Batman: Blind Justice, which introduced Bruce Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard, who later appeared in Batman Begins. Hamm's other screen credits include Never Cry Wolf and Monkeybone. He also wrote unused drafts for Planet of the Apes and Watchmen adaptations. more…

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