'While stop motion is considered an obsolete medium, and is not as fluid and perfect looking as CGI, it has a very specific charm,' Sellick notes. 'It has a hand-crafted quality. I see it as a very personal choice and compare it to the difference between selecting vinyl over digital CD music. Vinyl has lots of pops and scratches but it has warmth that's authentic.'
In fact, one of the more interesting elements is it took Sellick 25 weeks of post-production to get both Monkeybone and his other animated characters done. The Down Town set actually measured 218 by 120 feet and took 18 weeks to construct. The cast not only included a small army of actors, but 27 different puppeteers to run around Down Town and Death's Office.
In all, Monkeybone could be used as a visual text book on just about every type of animated and other type of special effect in the Hollywood repertoire. There's enough going on there to make the likes of Cameron, Lucas and Spielberg green with jealousy.
Still, when push comes to shove, credit must also be given to the acting chops of Fraser and Fonda. Without them, the whole thing probably would have fallen flat on its face. 'Brendan is an actor who can do anything,' Sellick remarks about main actor. 'I looked at all the films he's done and realized he absolutely had the range for this. He's a leading man who is not afraid to take risks and be goofy. Bridget must play the straight role against Brendan's sometime wacky character and plays it wonderfully. Her grasp of the character was impressive.'