As you have probably guessed by now, Silver Screen Sunday has become a 'whenever I feel like it' feature for the time being. When my recent, er, obsession with Monster High dolls made me start thinking about other monster things that I love, I remembered I wanted to do a post on Mad Monster Party and never got around to it. So here it is!
For those of you who haven't seen it, Mad Monster Party is a 1967 Rankin/Bass animated feature; the basic plot is that Dr Frankenstein (voiced by Boris Karloff) is ready to give up the monster business and calls a convention of monsters, including Dracula, The Mummy, The Werewolf, et al, to elect his successor.
I will admit that this is the only Rankin/Bass stop-motion film or special that I've seen but I have a feeling airing them on TV isn't as big a thing here in Australia as in the United States? Regardless, this movie is fab and appeals to me on many levels - I love monsters, I love kitsch and I love stop-motion animation. (Just a note: I think the ratio is slightly off on these screenshots but I didn't realise until after I'd saved them all.)
One of my absolute favourite things about this film is the character Francesca - I mean, she's got great style, amazing hair and is pretty darn sassy!
One of the sleekest flips I've ever seen
And check out the facial expressions - the animation in this is seriously impressive. Sure, the motion may be a little stilted at times but I think it adds to the charm. Plus all of the figures are so well crafted and have very individual personalities.
I think this is one of my favourite onscreen Draculas, though I seem to say that about most Draculas. Hmmm. Check out the tune Our Time to Shine on YouTube.
Her green chiffon dress looks amazing with her bright red hair.
This is my favourite of Francesca's outfits....The pink ribbon tied around her pith helmet really does take the cake!
But it's not just Francesca's style that I like - I've always been attracted to the casual merchant sailor look as you can see on the fella on the right. (The more I look at him, the more he's starting to resemble Mike Nesmith! I think it's just the beanie...his jaw is more square than Mike's.)
And The Monster's Mate, second from right, (voiced by Phyllis Diller) has an interesting go-go granny chic look. I dig it! And you can see more screenshots from the film over here at Flickr.
The theme song sung by Ethel Ennis over clips from the film - I wanted to put this song by 'Little Tibia and the Fibias' but embedding was disabled! The theme is great, too, but in a different way - it's not the kind of song I was expecting for a film about monsters but it's quite lovely.
So, who else loves this film or monster films in general? What are some of your favourite monster films?
Andi B. Goode