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Flying Monkeys is a 2013 SyFy horror film, loosely based on the Winged Monkeys of the Oz mythology.


A teenage girl's father buys her a monkey to make up for missing her high school graduation. The monkey, who she names Skippy, is friendly and quickly bonds with the girl.

However, by night, Skippy magically transforms into a large winged creature, and begins attacking residents of the small town of Gale, Kansas.

The monkey is revealed to be a Xigo, a race of demon monkeys who've been hunted for millennia. They can't be killed by conventional means, and instead can only be killed by blessed weapons. One family has been passing down such weapons for centuries, hunting the Xigo.

If one of the flying monkeys is shot by a conventional weapon, it will split into two and resume its attack. In this way, the monkeys quickly multiply.

'Skippy' is revealed to be Nikko, who has become the leader of the Xigo. The ancient hunters team up with the residents of Gale to destroy the creatures.

Oz References

Besides the titular creatures, the movie does feature several nods to other Oz works.

  • The action takes place in Gale, Kansas.
  • In some scenes, a Scarecrow is visible in the background.
  • Skippy's true name is Nikko.
  • Kayley's father's secretary is called Dorothy.
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Silent films Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) • His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914) • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) • The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914) • The Wizard of Oz (1925)
Live-action adaptations The Wizard of Oz (1939) • The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969) • 20th Century Oz (1976) • The Wiz (1978) • Return to Oz (1985) • Lost in Oz (2002) • The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) • Tin Man (2007) • La Maga (2008) • Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2011) • After the Wizard (2011) • Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) • The Wiz Live! (2015)
Animated adaptations Tales of the Wizard of Oz (1961) • Return to Oz (1964) • Journey Back to Oz (1974) • Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980) • The Wizard of Oz (1982) • W krainie czarnoksiężnika Oza (1983) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1986) • Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz (1987) • The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of Oz (1990) • The Oz Kids (1996) • Lion of Oz (2000) • Marchen Awakens Romance (2007) • Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz (2011) • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) • Save Oz! (2015) • Lost in Oz (2015) • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016)
Upcoming adaptations Yellow Brick Road (2016) • Emerald City (2016) • Wicked (2019) • The Land of Oz (2020) • L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (TBA) • Warriors of Oz (TBA) • Dorothy (TBA) • Dorothy Must Die (TBA) • Red Brick Road (TBA) • Road to Oz (TBA)
Guest appearances Shirley Temple's Storybook (1960) • Superfriends (1980) • Rugrats (1999) • That's So Raven (2003-2006) • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006-) • Inkheart (2008) • Once Upon a Time (2011-) • Supernatural (2013-)
Featured challenges Project Runway (2004) • Face Off (2011)
Shorts and others Beef Ravioli commercials (2006) • After Oz (2007) • Flying Monkeys (2013) • OzLand (2015) • Unknown (TBA)

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