Spooktoberfest Special: The Ani-Magic Madness of MAD MONSTER PARTY



I’m pretty sure that I’ve gone on (and on, and on) about my love for the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials, but until last night, I’d never seen their one and only Halloween special, Mad Monster Party!

Released theatrically in 1967 with a script by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman and designs by the equally legendary Jack Davis, Mad Monster Party is about as weird as you’d expect, and was recommended to me by Chris Haley, who loves it more than anything except the other eight or nine things he loves more than anything. So go check out my review, then grab a copy to throw on while you make popcorn balls or Rice Krispie Treats or s’mores or — at the very least — while you fill a big plastic bowl with single Reese cups.

4 thoughts on “Spooktoberfest Special: The Ani-Magic Madness of MAD MONSTER PARTY

  1. Love this one. I found the romance between Felix and Francesca to be surprisingly sweet.

  2. I thought the same think about Christina Hendricks mere seconds before reading that part of the article.

    Granted, Christina Hendricks is never far from my thoughts……

  3. How could you leave out the fact that Boris Karloff sings!

    Well, okay, speaks poetically during a song, but still.

    And I know what really sold you on this movie. No, not Francesca, the REAL reason:

    Dracula makes a Batman reference.

    This movie is one of my all time favorite Halloween films (I made sure I got it the week it came out on DVD) as well as one of my favorite Rankin-Bass productions, and why it has been shoved into relative obscurity when some of the genuine dreck they made still manages to get regular airtime during the holidays baffles me.