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Monkeybone
(2001)
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Composed and Conducted by:
Anne Dudley

Compiled and Produced by:
Roger Dudley
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 20th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you groove to the wild, orchestral wackiness of the most frenetic parody scores.

Avoid it... if anything similar to Danny Elfman's early comedy style causes you to seek peace and quiet for self preservation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #917
WRITTEN 4/3/01, REVISED 10/12/08
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Monkeybone: (Anne Dudley) From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach came yet another claymation fantasy film of lovable weirdness in the form of 2001's Monkeybone. Henry Selick once again explores the darker side of his imagination, posing that when people slip into a coma, their subconscious thoughts mingle with others suffering from the same condition. They watch the dreams of active people from the place they call Downtown, and they're delighted when a comic strip creator (Brendan Fraser) is injured in a car crash and joins them. His attempts to return to his body are complicated when his negotiations between Death and his own comic creation's star dog run afoul. For Monkeybone, the rotation of composers for this budding genre of film stopped with Anne Dudley, who had proven herself to be one of the most versatile composers of the previous decade. While many mainstream fans will recognize her name from such darkly dramatic projects as The Crying Game and American History X, the lighter side of her skills have always been overlooked. Not only winning the Academy Award for The Fully Monty in 1997 (which some might argue as inappropriate due to the songs' success in the film), Dudley had also composed the popular score for the television fantasy "The 10th Kingdom" in 2000. With all of these talents readily available, Dudley produced for Monkeybone exactly that which you would expect for the director of the film. The uncanny similarities between this score and those of Danny Elfman's early wackiness (during the days of Pee Wee and Beetlejuice) is clearly evident, and it fits this particular film well enough. It's funny to think about how this specific breed of animated film lends itself so well to a sort of "stop action" musical score or songs that also jump wildly from cue to cue with little regard for overarching flow.



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Average: 2.99 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:08
• 1. The Crayon Game (2:31)
• 2. Welcome to Downtown (4:19)
• 3. Can't Escape the Reaper (3:57)
• 4. Julie's Dream (2:11)
• 5. The Invitation and the Proposal (1:29)
• 6. How to Steal an Exit Pass (2:00)
• 7. Downtown Train (3:36)
• 8. Monkeybone Gets to Work (1:06)
• 9. The Stuff of Nightmares (1:18)
• 10. Surgeons Give Chase (1:34)
• 11. No Time to Lose (2:40)
• 12. Kitty's Plan (2:00)
• 13. A Beaker of Nightmare Juice (2:36)
• 14. A Grand Plan (0:46)
• 15. Clothes Take Revenge (1:22)
• 16. Buster Gets It (2:06)
• 17. I'll Really Never Forget You (1:46)
• 18. Not this Monkey (1:08)
• 19. No Tears (1:42)
• 20. Nightmare in a Bunker (1:17)
• 21. Up on the Roof (4:06)
• 22. Journey to the Land of Death (1:49)
• 23. America's Most Disturbed Comic Strip (1:39)

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The insert includes no information about the score or film, although the outer packaging has a quick note from Dudley.
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