The 1984 thriller film "The Devil's Gift" featured the cymbal banging monkey as a pivotal character.
The Disney Film Aladdin includes a scene in which the monkey Abu is transformed into one by the evil sorcerer Jaffar.
Cymbal monkey is seen in "Sliver" music video by Nirvana
A giant cymbal-banging monkey is used by the Grinch to block out the sound of carolers in the 2000 live action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. A 15 ft. version of monkey is now part of the Grinch Cave at Universal Studios theme park
In the 1977 film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind one suddenly begins clapping its cymbals as a UFO nears a character's home.s a cymbal-playing monkey. He has a large one, and a miniature version of the toy.