Mad Mad Mad Monsters
|Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters|
|Distributed by||Embassy Pictures (later StudioCanal)|
|Directed by||Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.
|Produced by||Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.
|Written by||William J. Keenan
|Running time||66 minutes|
Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters is a 1972 American traditional animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions for Embassy Pictures. The Halloween special is a "prequel of sorts" to the 1967 stop-motion feature film Mad Monster Party? The special aired on September 23, 1972 as part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.
The special featured many of the same monster characters from Mad Monster Party?, including an imitation of Boris Karloff as the doctor (he died in 1969), although it presumably was not intended as a direct sequel since many of these characters perished at the end of Mad Monster Party. Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters was created using cel animation, rather than stop-motion. While Mad Monster Party still enjoys an ardent cult following, it has fallen into comparative obscurity.
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After Baron Henry von Frankenstein (a likeness of Boris Karloff) creates a bride for his monster, he decides to make arrangements for a lavish wedding at the Transylvania Astoria Hotel. Many classic monsters are invited to the wedding including Count Dracula and his son, Ron Chanley the Werewolf, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man and his family, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Once the wedding guests arrive, they turn the whole hotel into a nut house of terrified guests and staff. Frankenstein's assistant Igor is jealous of the monster and wants the bride for his own. So Igor plots to steal her which doesn't go according to plan when the bride ends up snatched up by a Pterodactyl and lands in the clutches of Modzoola (a knock-off of King Kong).
- Bob McFadden as Baron Henry von Frankenstein
- Allen Swift as Igor, The Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Invisible Boy, Count Dracula, Count Dracula's Son, Ron Chanley/Werewolf, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rosebud the Vulture
- Bradley Bolke as Norman the Bellhop, Additional Voices
- Rhoda Mann as The Monster's Mate, Nagatha the Invisible Woman, Additional Voices
Home video releases
The special was originally released on VHS through Sony Media on August 18, 1998 and then afterwards on DVD through Classic Media on July 12, 2011. The disc also includes a bonus, Jack'O'Lantern, an episode from the Rankin-Bass 1970s Saturday Morning animated series, Family Festival of Classics.