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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mad Monster Party (1967)

If you were a kid in the 1960's and 1970's there is no way you escaped the genius of Rankin-Bass Productions.  What would Christmas be without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or The Year Without a Santa Claus?  This is classic stop-motion animation at its finest and I still enjoy watching these films many, many years later.

Mad Monster Party is a complete gem.  The lead character, Dr. von Frankenstein is voiced by none other than Boris Karloff.  The good doctor has decided it's time to retire as head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters.  He decides to share the news with his monster colleagues by throwing a big party.  The guest list includes every iconic horror monster from the Universal Studio archive including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein [voiced delightfully by Phyllis Diller], The Invisible Man, The Creature, The Mummy, and the Wolf Man among others.  It's a celebration of all things horror with dazzling old school animation, musical numbers and a sharp wit through and through.

Yes, this one is definitely for the kiddies.  But the young at heart will also admire its joyful spirit and artistic sensibility.  Mad Monster Party is a good example of the amazing and innovate work Rankin-Bass were capable of producing.  Don't miss this one.

RATING: VERY GOOD.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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