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Mad Monster Party?

Mad Monster Party? film poster
Art by Frank Frazetta
Directed by Jules Bass
Produced by Joseph E. Levine
Arthur Rankin Jr.
Larry Roemer
Written by Len Korobkin
Harvey Kurtzman
Arthur Rankin Jr.
Starring Boris Karloff
Allen Swift
Gale Garnett
Phyllis Diller
Ethel Ennis
Music by Maury Laws
Cinematography Tadahito Mochinaga
Distributed by Embassy Pictures
(later Studio Canal)
Release date(s) March 8, 1969 Copyright 1966 (premiere)
July 21, 1976 (TV premiere)
Running time 94 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Mad Monster Party? is an animated movie that was released in 1969 by Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Frank Frazetta (born February 9, 1928) is one of the worlds most influential fantasy and science fiction artists. ... Jules Bass (born 16 September 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American director, producer, composer, and author. ... Joseph E. Levine (September 9, 1905 – July 31, 1987) was an American film producer. ... Harvey Kurtzman (October 3, 1924 - February 21, 1993) was a U.S. cartoonist and magazine editor. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (London, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who immigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of Frankensteins monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ... Allan Byron Swift (born 12 September American politician, served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995. ... Gale Zoë Garnett, born on July 17, 1942, in Auckland, New Zealand, is best known for her Grammy-winning folk hit Well Sing in the Sunshine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tadahito Mochinaga (持永只仁) (?/?/1919 - 4/1/1999), also known as Tad Mochinaga, is a pioneer stop-motion animator in Japan. ... Embassy Pictures Corporation (aka Embassy Film Associates) was an independent studio and distributor responsible for such films as The Graduate and The Lion in Winter. ... StudioCanal (aka Le Studio Canal, Canal Plus, Canal + Distribution, and Canal+ Image S.A.), is a French-based production and distribution company that owns the third-largest film library in the world. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc. ...

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Production

The film was created using Rankin/Bass' "Animagic" stop motion animation process. The process involved photographing figurines in still shots and re-positioning them after each shot, the same approach used in Art Clokey's Davey and Goliath and to create the giant ape in the original King Kong. Kong, in fact, makes a featured appearance in this film (sporting some rather colorful finger and toenails), although due to rights issues he is known only as "It". Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Art Clokey (born 1921) is a pioneer in the popularization of claymation, beginning in 1955 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, influenced by his professor Slavko Vorkapich at the University of Southern California (known colloquially as USC Film School). ... Davey and Goliath was the title of a 1960s stop-motion animated television series. ... King Kong in the 1933 film. ...


Classic monster movies were enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the late 1960's, and humorous monsters like The Addams Family and The Munsters were enormously popular. This campy film is a spoof of horror themes, complete with musical numbers and inside jokes. For the TV series, see The Addams Family (TV series). ... The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of monsters. ... The term camp—normally used as an adjective, even though earliest recorded uses employed it mainly as a verb—refers to the deliberate and sophisticated use of kitsch, mawkish or corny themes and styles in art, clothing or conversation. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ...


Mad Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman penned the script, and Mad artist Jack Davis designed many of the characters. Davis was a natural for the job, being famous both for his humor work and his monster stories in the pages of EC Comics. It has long been rumored that Forrest J. Ackerman had a hand in the script, but while the script is rife with Famous Monsters-like puns, Ackerman's involvement has never been confirmed. Although mostly intended as a kid's picture, the film does feature some of Kurtzman's typically dark humor and a few mildly risque jokes (in one scene, Francesca falls over, and when Felix struggles to lift her, she says, "I wanted you to know I'm no easy pick-up.") In another scene, a character briefly has his head replaced with a cooked pig's... and this is surely the only "kid's picture" to end with a mushroom cloud! Harvey Kurtzmans cover for the first issue of the comic book Mad Mad is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ... Harvey Kurtzman (October 3, 1924 - February 21, 1993) was a U.S. cartoonist and magazine editor. ... There are several notable people called Jack Davis. ... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... Forrest J Ackerman (born November 24, 1916 in Los Angeles, California) is a legendary science fiction fan and collector of science fiction-related memorabilia. ... Famous Monsters is a 1999 album by the Misfits. ... The atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 A mushroom cloud is a distinctive mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke, flame, or debris resulting from a very large explosion. ...


The cute/ghastly look of the creatures in this film was very influential on The Nightmare Before Christmas and other Tim Burton monster designs; in particular, the little monsters seen in the Stay One Step Ahead number strongly resemble Burton creations. Halloweentown Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 Academy Award-nominated, stop motion animated musical film about the inhabitants of Halloween Town who take over Christmas, directed by stop-motion animator Henry Selick. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ...


In addition to the famous monsters seen in the film, Mad Monster Party? also features several celebrity likenesses. Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller's characters are both designed to look like the actors portraying them, while the hunchbacked lackey named Yetch is a physical and vocal caricature of Peter Lorre. Felix, on the other hand, strongly resembles Jimmy Stewart vocally but not physically. Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964), born Ladislav Löwenstein, was an Austro-Hungarian actor frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner. ... Jimmy Stewart, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor beloved for his persona as an average guy who faces adversity and tries to do the right thing, an image which was largely reflected in his own...


In 1972, Rankin/Bass produced a sequel of sorts, with the TV special Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters. This special featured many of the same monster characters, including an imitation of Karloff as the doctor ( he died in 1969), although it presumably was not intended as a direct sequel since many of these characters perished at the end of Mad Monster Party?. Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters was created using cel animation, rather than stop-motion. While Mad Monster Party? still enjoys an ardent cult following, Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters has fallen into comparative obscurity. Traditional animation, sometimes also called cel animation or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Plot

Dr Frankenstein decides to retire, leaving the monster business to his nephew, Felix. Frankenstein plans to announce his decision at a convention of monsters that includes his monster, Dracula, the Werewolf, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and many more. However when Felix proves to be an incompetent (and unsuitably kind-hearted) human, the monsters plot to eliminate him and gain control of Frankenstein's latest discovery: the secret of total destruction! This article is about the 1818 novel. ... Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. ... For other uses, see Werewolf (disambiguation). ... Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 black-and-white science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold, and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, and Whit Bissell. ... Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde[1] is a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886. ...


Distribution

The film has been available on video for years, first on original distributor Embassy Pictures' home entertainment unit, and then on other independent labels before StudioCanal acquired some rights to the film. Currently, Anchor Bay Entertainment distributes the movie on video under license from StudioCanal. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Before Anchor Bay's current video release of Mad Monster Party?, almost all video releases have been from 16mm film. The original film negative was water-damaged some years ago, but recently Sony Pictures Television (which now holds the television rights) unearthed an original 35mm pristine print. This print was digitally remastered, and is the source for the current DVD issue and all subsequent television showings. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Cast

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gale Zoë Garnett, born on July 17, 1942, in Auckland, New Zealand, is best known for her Grammy-winning folk hit Well Sing in the Sunshine. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (London, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who immigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of Frankensteins monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ... Allan Byron Swift (born 12 September American politician, served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995. ... Ann-Margret & Elvis in Viva Las Vegas Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941), a Swedish-born actress and singer, was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland, Sweden. ...

Crew

Jules Bass (born 16 September 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American director, producer, composer, and author. ... Arthur Rankin, Jr. ... Forrest J Ackerman (born November 24, 1916 in Los Angeles, California) is a legendary science fiction fan and collector of science fiction-related memorabilia. ... Harvey Kurtzman (October 3, 1924 - February 21, 1993) was a U.S. cartoonist and magazine editor. ... Joseph E. Levine (September 9, 1905 – July 31, 1987) was an American film producer. ...

External link

  • Mad Monster Party.com The unofficial site for Mad Monster Party
  • Mad Monster Party at the Internet Movie Database
  • RetroJunk Article about the film, as well as "Mad Mad Mad Monsters."
  • Mad Monster Party? The Rankin-Bass Mad Monster Party Homepage

 
 

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