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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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
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®

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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,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Everybody remembers the Rankin-Bass claymation Christmas shows from the 60s. Well this is the Halloween one. Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller, and a bunch of people who sound like famous actors but actually aren't provide the voices for this silly but fun monsterfest.

- simsgoddess, Saturday, May 17, 2008

5 stars

I discovered this one a couple years ago. I hadn't seen it as a kid, but I wish I had! It became and instant favorite!

- unusualarts, Thursday, January 8, 2009

5 stars

This movie would be traditional at my home. Every year since I was a kid (smile) The soundtrack is marvelous with songs by Ethel Ennis. A must see every Halloween.

- 1HAPPYHOUSEWIFE, Sunday, November 1, 2009