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?
Excerpt: It's not always easy for new viewers to watch old movies. This is especially true of films and TV shows that are closely tied to childhood nostalgia. Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass and their trademarked "Animagic" stop-motion animation created a host of holiday specials that still warm the hearts of those who saw them as children.
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.
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.
Summary: It may not exactly be the stop motion animation version of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein , but Mad Monster Party? (yes, the title has a question mark) is a reunion of classic monsters (many of them made iconic in Universal films) that may remind some people of the popular comedy film from 1948. Rankin-Bass was a production house that has a certain nostalgic cachet for baby boomers.