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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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Live-Action adaptations 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)
Modern films The Wizard of Oz (1939) • The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969) • 20th Century Oz (1976) • The Wiz (1978) • Return to Oz (1985) • The Dreamer of Oz (1990) • The Wizard of the City of Emeralds (1994) • The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005) • After the Wizard (2011) • Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) • The Wiz Live! (2015)
Inspired films Flying Monkeys (2013) • OzLand (2015)
Guest Appearances Inkheart (2008) • Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)
Animated adaptations Feature films Journey Back to Oz (1974) • The Wizard of Oz (1982) • The Wizard of Oz (1983) • The Wizard of Oz (1991) • Lion of Oz (2000) • Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz (2011) • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) • Guardians of Oz (2015) • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016) • Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers (2017) • The Steam Engines of Oz (2018)
Guest Appearances The LEGO Movie (2014) • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Upcoming adaptations Wicked: Part One/Wicked: Part Two (2024-5) • Dorothy & Alice (TBA) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (film) (TBA) • Toto (film) (TBA)
Short films After Oz (2007) • The Land of Oz (short film) (2015) • Dorothy in the Land of Stars (2017) • Unknown, Lost, or non-English Adaptations