After reading other threads, it seems that many other people had the same technical issue that I had. When the game launches (or rather, a few minutes after launch, when something finally happens), you get a menu screen without the menu text. All the text (save, new, settings, quit, etc) appears as red, green, and yellow blocks. Also, there is no mouse cursor. The confusing thing is, the rest of the graphics look fine.
After sifting through various technical problems, I concluded that everyone with this particular issue seemed to have one thing in common: an Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family. So I thought it would be good to start a thread for people to post how they got around this problem.
Since I have a Dell, I went to the Dell website and downloaded the latest Intel Video Driver for the 965 Express Chipset Family. After a restart, Monkey Island played great! (except for the whole...click-and-drag-to-move thing. But that's for a different thread) The game started up quickly, all the text and graphics looked great, and I had a mouse cursor! (just a note, I had to turn down the graphic quality to 1 for the mouse cursor to work properly. Otherwise, it was unwieldy.) But not everyone has a Dell, so how did you get around this issue, my Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family using friends?