Box art for Mad Monster Party

Mad Monster Party

children & family


Dr. Frankenstein makes plans for his retirement and calls for a council meeting of all monsters dark and ghoulish to announce his replacement.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    67%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Campy stop-motion animated fun with ghoulish imagery.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this silly 1960's Rankin/Bass animation movie has the occasional round of cartoon violence, plus lots of spooky imagery (skulls, ghouls, etc.). Monsters at a party hold full wine glasses and a character makes a subtle reference to hangovers. There's some sultry female characters, plus moments of quasi-romantic kissing -- but on the whole, Mad Monster Party is kitschy, campy fun for adults and kids alike.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about live animation. How were these characters brought to life, and how is it different from animation seen in other cartoons and movies?
  • How can you tell this movie was made several decades ago? Is it the animation? The jokes? The characters?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    67%
    reviews counted: 9
    see all Mad Monster Party reviews
  • Audience

    66%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: nostalgia is key in this loving pastiche of bygone horror. The outmodedness of the villains, even the corniness of the gags, only adds to the film's irresistible charms. It is a fitting swansong to the whole era of 'castle horror'

- Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: It doesn't take much effort to spot the short cuts the filmmakers have taken.

- Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I liked this movie because of the cast and the cool puppets, but I didn't like this movie because it tries too hard to be funny and the songs are annoying. Overall, it's okay, but I was expecting more from the title and actors.

- ajv2688, Saturday, December 11, 2010

3 stars

I'm not a big fan of the Rankin/Bass specials, but I do appreciate all of the hard work that went into them. It's nice to see them tackle something other than Christmas for a change, but the overall product just isn't as much fun as I'd hoped it would be.

- FilmFanatik, Saturday, April 10, 2010

3 stars

Pretty cool stop motion, with some of the songs.

- Doctor0Quinzel, Thursday, January 21, 2010