Mad Monster Party



Campy stop-motion animated fun with ghoulish imagery.
  • Review Date: November 8, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended purely as entertainment, though kids might learn a little about stop-motion animation by watching.

Positive messages

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). 

Sexy stuff

Brief, cartoonish kissing, plus lots of minor innuendo. For example, after falling down, Francesca informs Felix that she is "no easy pick up." 


Some name calling, such as "ugly."

Not applicable
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. 

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's the story?

Dr. Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) creates a potion that is able to destroy all matter it comes in contact with. He decides to retire and turn the business over to his nephew Felix (Allen Swift). Frankenstein throws a retirement party attended by an all-star cast of monsters, including the Monster's Mate (Phyllis Diller) and the sexy Francesca (Gale Garnett). As Felix arrives at the castle, the other monsters scheme to steal the matter-destroying potion, as the clumsy and asthmatic Felix mulls over whether or not to take over the family business.

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.

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 details

DVD release date:September 8, 2009
Cast:Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller
Director:Jules Bass
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 16 year old Written byMahima Negi September 29, 2012

nice one

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What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bymeerkat_luver May 6, 2012

Blue Guy is Creepy

This movie scared my friend and I. We are 13 and we had nightmares. The blue guy at Dr. Frankenstien's castle is so scary, he is really creepy!!!!!!!!!! I HATE this movie because it scared me. I couldn't watch it all! I HATE this!!! Don't watch it!!!! NOT APPROPRIATE!!!
Educator Written byMsHuggins October 30, 2015

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.
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