A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended purely as entertainment, though kids might learn a little about stop-motion animation by watching.
This silly gag-filled movie has very little in the way of specific messages, but despite the ghoulishness, the tone is light and fun overall.
Positive Role Models
Characters are all monsters with designs on taking over the world, though it's all in fun. The female characters are portrayed as sexy.
Violence & Scariness
A chef throws a series of knives around the body of a character whose back is against a door. Two female monsters get into a fistfight, replete with cat sound effects. Occasional cartoon violence -- punching, falling, explosions - plus lots of potentially scary imagery (skulls, crows, monsters).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief, cartoonish kissing, plus lots of minor innuendo. For example, after falling down, Francesca informs Felix that she is "no easy pick up."
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Some name calling, such as "ugly."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen holding full wine glasses, and at least one character seems to slur after falling into a punch bowl. After the party, alcohol-looking bottles are scattered throughout the room, overturned. A character makes a joke to one of the other characters still being asleep because they had too much to drink the night before.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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