Parents' Guide to

Mad Monster Party

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Campy stop-motion animated fun with ghoulish imagery.

Movie NR 2009 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Value Concerns: Domestic Violence & Suicide

I like this little show a lot. I get a big nostalgic hit from it. But like a lot of things from another era, this show is from 1967, there are some outdated values that can give you a twinge or two. The lead female is like a Bond girl from the 60s. She's on the wrong side until the male lead slaps her around, then she falls in love, then she risks her safety for his. The male lead makes a comment about killing himself. Some of the adult humor is veiled and even cute enough to fly and to make it fun for adults, but I think a caution about the slapping and the suicide comment need to be included in reviews so that parents are prepared for it if they choose to show this movie to their kids.
age 14+

Suicidal ideation, domestic violence, homicidal plots and sexism

I am glad my children fell asleep in the first 10 minutes. The over sexualization of the secretary, domestic violence and suicidal themes are not appropriate for young children. I actually enjoyed the movie as an adult but no way it’s even remotely appropriate for 6 year olds as ratings suggest. Also lots of alcohol which is not a huge concern for our family but should be noted.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Fans of the kind of quirky novelty humor that reached its zenith in the mid-1960s will love MAD MONSTER PARTY. It's a collection of monsters (created in the inimitable Rankin/Bass animation that should be familiar to anyone who has seen the TV adaptation of Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer) attending a party, singing, and engaging in an endless succession of sight-gags. The performance by the houseband, "Little Tibia and the Fibias," is especially enjoyable for fans of 1960's rock and roll in particular.

Co-written by Mad Magazine co-founder Harvey Kurtzman and a strong influence on Tim Burton, Mad Monster Party should be great fun for adults who grew up with this kind of animation, and for kids with a ghoulish sense of humor.

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