Mad Monster Party

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Overview

The only theatrical feature from Rankin/Bass -- the outfit behind countless animated holiday TV specials including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman -- this quaint and colorful production pays amusing homage to nearly every movie monster in Universal's catalog, even to the extent of recruiting Boris Karloff to supply the voice of Baron Von Frankenstein. The story begins as the aged Baron invites all members of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters to attend the unveiling of his ultimate ...
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Overview

The only theatrical feature from Rankin/Bass -- the outfit behind countless animated holiday TV specials including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman -- this quaint and colorful production pays amusing homage to nearly every movie monster in Universal's catalog, even to the extent of recruiting Boris Karloff to supply the voice of Baron Von Frankenstein. The story begins as the aged Baron invites all members of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters to attend the unveiling of his ultimate creation, a potion capable of destroying all matter. Before the assembled guests -- including Count Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon -- Frankenstein announces his retirement as the group's leader and the selection of his successor: his bookish, allergy-ridden nephew Felix. Chaos ensues, as nearly every creep and creature on the list begins conspiring against each other in a bid for the coveted office, including the Baron's outrageously voluptuous assistant Francesca whose very presence stretches the film's "G" rating. The "Animagic" technique of stop-motion puppets is a refreshing medium for the larger-than-life monsters, and the parade of horror movie put-ons should delight viewers of all ages. Though the original negative was believed lost to neglect after the film's poor box-office performance, a pristine print has resurfaced, much to the delight of devoted fans who first discovered this gem via Halloween TV airings.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; "Mad Monster Party: Making of a Cult Classic" Featurette; ; "It's Sheer Animagic! Secrets of Stop-Motion Animation" Featurette; "Groovy Ghouls! The Music of Mad Monster Party" Featurette ; 2 Sing-alongs; Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it barely registered a blip at the box office, Mad Monster Party? has developed a bit of a cult status, especially among fans of monster movies and animated films. (Tim Burton, for one, has cited it as an influence on his work.) Technically primitive by modern standards, the stop-motion "animagic" still has a peculiar and indefinable charm; while it is never really believable, it creates a reality of its own, so that even when a viewer laughs at the cruder moments, he still is drawn in by it. Of course, how willing a viewer is to go along with the process determines how much he enjoys Monster Party. It also helps to have a fondness for the bizarrely silly, as well as jokes that cause groans (many most likely contributed by co-scenarist Harvey Kurtzman, co-creator of Mad Magazine.). Fans of strong scripts (and especially of strong, well-motivated plots) should look elsewhere, as should fans of well-integrated musical numbers. The score is schlock, but it's tremendously enjoyable schlock, and very much of its period; the title song (quite well sung by Ethel Ennis) has to be heard to be believed (although the varying sound quality makes hearing much of the film difficult). Despite all its flaws, Monster Party is oddly appealing; much credit must go to its tiny but well-used vocal cast, as well as to the sense of fun that pervades the film. This is one movie that is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • UPC: 012236104391
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,465

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phyllis Diller Voice Only
Ethel Ennis Voice Only
Gale Garnett Voice Only
Boris Karloff Voice Only
Allen Swift Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jules Bass Director, Songwriter
Forrest J. Ackerman Screenwriter
Len Korobkin Screenwriter
Harvey Kurtzman Screenwriter
Maury Laws Score Composer, Songwriter
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mad Monster Party
1. Program Start/The Secret of Destruction [3:49]
2. Main Titles [2:38]
3. Felix Flankin [3:35]
4. The Monster and His Mate [2:32]
5. R.S.V.P [3:34]
6. S.S. Herring [3:00]
7. Monsters Below Deck [3:32]
8. Abandon Ship [1:41]
9. Lecturing the Staff [3:53]
10. The Gang's All Here [4:34]
11. The World's Best Chef [4:44]
12. Baron Frankenstein's Discovery [2:15]
13. Dance Party Of the Road [2:24]
14. Dracula and Francesca [5:31]
15. Mad Monster Party [2:54]
16. Restless Night [3:20]
17. Welcome, Felix [2:48]
18. Springing A Trap [3:56]
19. Family Business [2:18]
20. Stay One Step Ahead [3:29]
21. Double-Cross [5:01]
22. Hate at First Sight [5:27]
23. Monster's Rebellion [3:33]
24. Jungle Hunt [2:45]
25. The Wrath of Kong [2:55]
26. Francesca's Suitors [1:40]
27. Rescue [4:31]
28. The Secret [2:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mad Monster Party
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Mad Monster Party? Making of a Cult Classic
      It's Sheer Animagic! Secrets Of Stop-Motion Animation
      Groovy Ghouls! The Music of Mad Monster Party
      Sing-A-Longs
         Our Time To Shine
         One Step Ahead
         Play All
      Trailer
      Also From Lionsgate
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definite Classic

    Am so glad this came to DVD, always loved it when I was young and it was on TV. Great for a "sit back and relax" horror comedy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth 4+

    Pay The Last Review No Mind...If Our friend had checked up on his subject..(http://www.dvdtoons.com/reviews/74) He would have read..'In the late 90s (and apparently under ¿suspicious¿ circumstances) Columbia TriStar located a pristine 35mm color print, and it¿s from this that the Anchor Bay version has been cleaned up and mastered. You¿ve never seen the Party looking this good. Colors are fresh, strong and clean. Presented in its original and correct aspect ratio of full-screen 1.33:1, the depth has been restored to many scenes with careful use of contrasting and if you didn¿t know the age of the movie, you¿d think it was brand new!' Otherwise..Great Fun and worth 13 Bux!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What the heck is this???

    This was a widescreen movie (I believe 2.35:1, if not it was at least 1.85:1). What is the deal with the DVD being only 1.33:1? It was a fun film with some effective model animation, but no WAY is it worth buying on DVD with basically half the picture hacked off! Once the company releases it in its original aspect ratio, THEN I'd give it 4 stars (but NOT until then!)

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    Posted December 20, 2009

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