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The Monkey is a Musical Jolly Chimp monkey toy who is a character in Toy Story 3. He started off as a minor antagonist, but reformed in the end.

Appearances

Toy Story 3

"You can unlock doors, sneak past guards, climb the wall, but if you don't take out that monkey, you ain't going nowhere. You want to get out of here, get rid of that monkey!"
Chatter Telephone's warning to Woody

The Monkey is a cymbal-banging monkey toy at Sunnyside Daycare. He doesn't speak, but he does make screeching monkey noises.

The Monkey is first seen being played with by Bonnie Anderson when the much older Ms. Davis goes to Sunnyside to donate the toys and meets Bonnie's mother, and Bonnie is extremely shy to talk to Andy's mom.

During the times when Sunnyside is under Lotso's regime, the Monkey has worked under Lotso as a nighttime guard watching all the security cameras in his office. Every time a toy tries to escape, the Monkey pushes a button that turns on the P.A. and screeches loudly into it while banging his cymbals together repeatedly, alerting Lotso and his other nighttime guard toys to capture that toy.

When Woody returns to Sunnyside to rescue his imprisoned friends, the Chatter Telephone tells information about the Monkey to Woody, and says that he'll have to get rid of the Monkey if he wants to escape.

That night, the Monkey is busy focusing his eyes on one camera where Ken, Big Baby, and the reset Buzz have cornered Mr. Potato Head (who escaped from his cell and left a real potato in it) that he doesn't notice Slinky coming out of his cell in the Caterpillar Room through another camera. Woody and Slinky quietly go through the vent into the Monkey's office. With Slinky grabbing hold of Woody and swinging him, Woody tries to put a plastic black bag over the Monkey's face, but the Monkey has already noticed them, and he quickly turns around and screeches at Woody, making him and Slinky fall on the Monkey due to getting startled. The Monkey and Woody both get up, and the Monkey turns and hisses at the surprised Woody and scatters off to go tell Lotso. However, before he can reach the door, Woody trips him over with his string. This then leads to a brief fight, in which the Monkey overpowers Woody by repeatedly banging his cymbals on Woody's face. Woody tells Slinky to grab a nearby scotch tape, and the Monkey screeches in horror when he turns to see Slinky charging toward him. Woody and Slinky then tie him up with the tape (like a mummy) and lock him in a filing cabinet.

Lotso's later knowledge of Woody and his friends' escaping in the first place is not revealed, but it is likely that the Monkey has managed to free himself and alert Lotso, leading to Lotso beating up the Chatter Telephone for information on Woody's whereabouts.

During the film credits, the Monkey has returned to his position of monitoring security cameras at night again after Sunnyside is revolutionized into a cool and groovy toy paradise by Barbie and Ken, Sunnyside's new leaders. Seeing a disco party taking place at the Butterfly Room through one of the security cameras, the Monkey, also enjoying the disco, puts on his star-shaped sunglasses and starts playing his clash cymbals gently, indicating that he has reformed as well.

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Trivia

  • It's very likely that director Lee Unkrich put a monkey in the movie, because of his love for monkeys.[1]
  • He makes sounds very similar to the Barrel of Monkeys.
  • He looks like the experimental monkey from the 1988 American horror film Monkey Shines.

References

  1. John Lasseter Q&A: "Do You Like Monkeys?"
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Characters

Toys: Angel Kitty Babyface Barbie Barrel of Monkeys Big Baby Bookworm Bo Peep Bo Peep's Sheep Bullseye Buttercup Buzz Lightyear Chatter Telephone Chuckles Chunk Combat Carl Discarded Fun Meal Toys Dolly Dolly, Duckie, and Teddy Emperor Zurg Etch A Sketch Green Army Men Hamm Jack-in-the-Box Jessie Ken Lenny Little Green Men Lotso Magic 8-Ball Monkey Mr. Mike Mr. Potato Head Mr. Pricklepants Mr. Shark Mr. Spell Mrs. Potato Head Mutant Toys Peas-in-a-Pod R.C. Reptillus Maximus Rex Robot Rocky Gibraltar Roly Poly Clown Sarge See 'n Say Slinky Dog Snake Sparks Stinky Pete Stretch The Cleric Toddle Tots Totoro Trixie Troikas Troll Twitch Utility Belt Buzz Wheezy Woody
Humans: Al McWhiggin Amy Andy Davis Bonnie Anderson Daisy Emily Hannah Phillips Mason Molly Davis Mrs. Anderson Mrs. Davis Ron the Manager Sid Phillips The Cleaner
Animals: Buster Mr. Jones Scud

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A113 Pixar Ball Pizza Planet truck Eggman Movers van The Claw

Songs

You've Got a Friend in Me Strange Things I Will Go Sailing No More Woody's Roundup When She Loved Me We Belong Together Dream Weaver Le Freak

See Also

Black Friday reel Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)

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