Excerpt: When I was growing up, it always struck me as a little unfair that there were a lot fewer Halloween cartoons than Christmas specials. You could basically watch animated Christmas specials every night for the entire month of December. But Halloween had It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and that was pretty much it. The exception to the rule was Mad Monster Party?
Conclusion: I have mixed feelings on the movie since I liked some of it and hated other parts of it. I love the concept of making a stop motion movie with all of the classic monsters for kids to watch, but the execution of it here could have been better. Part of that is due to Phyllis Diller overpowering the movie with her personality and partly because of the over-long script that needed trimming and the songs.
Conclusion: Mad Monster Party offers fun, just less than you would expect from giving classic horror characters the Rankin/Bass stop-motion treatment. It's a film that's easy to like, but tough to love.
Conclusion: Mad Monster Party? probably isn't as funny as it could have been, and in fact some of its supposed humor just kind of falls flat. The film is also weirdly paced, and the Laws songs don't especially help matters. But the very oddness of the film is going to appeal to some and no mere curmudgeonly critiques will sway the feelings of baby boomers who grew up with this feature or even those who were born in later generations and were introduced to it on television.
Excerpt: Baron von Frankenstein (voiced by Boris Karloff) has been making monsters for as long as he can remember, but he is now set to retire. As such, he needs to appoint a new leader for the organization of monsters and of course, that means he’ll need to call them all together for a monster bash. So the invitations are handed over to some bats and they’re sent out into the world, to inform the monsters of the upcoming event.