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'Chico Bon Bon' lands on Netflix

A series based on Duluth artist Chris Monroe's character begins streaming May 8.

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"Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt" will begin streaming May 8 on Netflix. (Image from Netflix)

A Netflix series based on a character created by Duluth artist Chris Monroe dropped its trailer on Friday, offering a sneak peek at an infamous monkey.

“Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With a Tool Belt," which will start streaming its first season May 8, is described as “Armed with tools and engineering smarts, monkey mechanic Chico Bon Bon and his Fix-It Force help the people of Blunderberg solve all of their problems.”

In the trailer, Chico gets a call for help on his banana phone, he makes a bridge out of nothing and his sidekick quips, “It’s better than magic — it’s science!”

Monroe’s first of the "Chico Bon Bon" books was published in 2008. It tells the story of a precocious and tool-smart monkey who gets himself out of jams — like being captured by an organ grinder — with the items affixed to his belt, such as a screwdriver, nutdriver, nutcracker and squeegee, a Ouiji, planer strainer and grease container.

Of note: The artist was working at Marshall Hardware in Duluth when she invented the character. Monroe is also behind “Violet Days,” a cartoon that ran for 22 years. It was published in the News Tribune and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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