Mad Monster Party

Mad Monster Party

Director: Jules Bass Cast: Ethel Ennis, Gale Garnett, Boris Karloff

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
UPC: 0012236104391
Original Release: 1968
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 1,825

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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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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