Monster High

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Monster High
Monster High logo.png
Type Fashion doll, Web series, Book series, DVD movie
Company Mattel
Wildbrain (2010)
Nerd Corps Entertainment (2012-present)
Universal (Universal Pictures/Universal Studios) (2014-present)
Country The United States
Availability 2010–present
Slogan "(Where) Freaky Just Got Fabulous!" (2010-2011)
"Be yourself, be unique, be a monster!" (2011-2013)
"Where Screams Come True!" (2013-present)
Official website

Monster High is an American fashion doll franchise created by Mattel and launched in July 2010. The characters are inspired by monster movies, sci-fi horror, thriller fiction, and various creatures thus distinguishing them from most other fashion dolls on the market. Monster High was created by Garrett Sander, with illustrations by Kellee Riley and illustrator [1] Glen Hanson.[2]

The Monster High franchise includes many consumer products such as stationery, bags, key chains, various toys, play sets, video games, TV specials, a web series, and direct to DVD movies. Lisi Harrison is the author of the Monster High books. The characters are depicted as being either related to or as offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, Medusa, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Phantom of the Opera, Zombies and more. The franchise is distinctive due to its extensive use of humorous horror puns such as referring to juvenile female characters as ghouls, rather than girls. But in the original Spain dub version of the cartoon franchise, they are called "monstruoitas" rather than "chicas" like the Latina version.

A live action, around-the-world adventure, ten-chapter Monster High musical film adaptation now titled Monster High is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2016 by Universal Pictures[3][4]

Dolls[edit]

Monster High dolls made from 2010.

The dolls are approximately 27 cm tall. Their bodies are made from ABS plastic, and their heads are made from soft PVC. The dolls have many skin tones, including abnormal ones such as blue, green, and pink. Each character has a unique head mold, except for C.A. Cupid (Daughter of Eros)/Ghoulia (Daughter of the Zombies) and Meowlody/Purrsephone (Werecat twins). All female dolls have rooted saran hair, however, male dolls have flocked or hard, colored plastic hair. Each doll has their own unique fashion style and personality and each have various attributes of the monsters they are related to (i.e., fangs, stitches, wolf ears, fins, bandages, snakes, etc.). Each doll comes packaged with accessories such as a pet, a purse, diary, doll stand and hair brush and sometimes an extra outfit. The pets, diaries and purses are unique to each character. However, accessories vary from one line to another and some lines do not come with any accessories included. In response to the creation of these dolls, rival Hasbro announced the creation of the Equestria Girls toyline (which is based on Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise) in early 2013. Likewise, rival toy company MGA Entertainment released a witch-themed line of dolls known as Bratzillaz which were launched in 2012 and are a spin-off from MGA's Bratz toy line. Many other horror-themed fashion dolls, such as Playhut's Mystixx vampire dolls, have been released (all with varying degrees of success) as a result of Monster High's success, in attempts to cash in on the trend.

Plot[edit]

In the fictional USA town of New Salem (which is the home of humans and monsters), teenage monsters attend a school for monsters called Monster High.

Characters[edit]

Further information: List of Monster High characters

Online Media[edit]

Further information: List of Monster High webisodes

The Monster High website went live on May 5, 2010.[5] Visitors can access games, character bios, several downloads and several more activities.[6] The site also makes available online webisodes for Monster High.[7] Two songs titled "Fright Song" and "We Are Monster High" have also been released digitally.

Films and TV Specials[edit]

Monster High has also had several TV specials on Nickelodeon, including "New Ghoul @ School", "Fright On!", "Ghouls Rule", "Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love", "Scaris: City of Frights", "Escape from Skull Shores", "13 Wishes", "Frights, Camera, Action!", "Friday Night Frights", and "Freaky Fusion"

A live-action, around-the-world adventure, ten chapter Monster High musical movie is listed as in development with Universal Pictures and scheduled to be released on October 7, 2016.[8][9]

Video games[edit]

Monster High has several video games based on the franchise. The first video game released was Monster High: Ghoul Spirit which was released on October 25, 2011. It is available for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii with special "Ghoulify" feature for Nintendo DSi. The game revolves around the player being the new 'ghoul' in school and must work their way through activities and social situations to finally be crowned 'Scream Queen'. Another video game for Nintendo DS and Wii titled Skultimate Roller Maze was released in November 2012. The third video game for Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS titled Monster High: 13 Wishes was released in October 2013. In this game players take on the role of Frankie Stein who must free her friends from a magical lantern by collecting thirteen shards of a magic mirror. A couple of apps titled Ghoul Box and Sweet 1600 are available on iTunes for the iPad and iPhone devices. The Monster High website has also released a series of catacombs themed web games: "trick or trance", "phantom roller" and "scary sweet memories".

Books[edit]

The Monster High young adult novels are written by Lisi Harrison, who previously wrote the book series The Clique and The Alphas. The books take place in a different fictional universe than the webisodes and deal with the Regular Attribute Dodgers (RADs) and their struggles with love, social life, school and not be outed as monsters to humans. Mattel released the first Monster High novel on September 26, 2010. The book revolves around Frankie Stein and Melody Carver. The second book in the series, The Ghoul Next Door, was released at the end of March 2011 [10] and features chapters on Cleo de Nile. The third book featuring Clawdeen Wolf is titled Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way and was released on September 29, 2011. The fourth novel titled Back And Deader Than Ever was released in early May 1, 2012 [11] and features Draculaura. A Monster High book called Drop Dead Diary was released on January 19, 2011; true to its title, it is in diary format. It is written by the alias Abaghoul Harris.[12]

A book by Gitty Daneshvari, titled Ghoulfriends Forever, was released on September 5, 2012. The book is about Venus Mcflytrap, Robecca Steam, and Rochelle Goyle and their friendship at Monster High and a continuation/sequel titled Ghoulfriends Just Want To Have Fun was released April 2, 2013. The next book in the Ghoulfriends series is Who's That Ghoulfriend? and was released on September 10, 2013.[13] Additionally, the fourth book Ghoulfriends 'Til the End was released in spring of 2014. The fifth book is expected to be released in the fall of 2014. [14]

Spin-off[edit]

In July 2013, a new spin-off line launched as a companion line to Monster High, called Ever After High.[15] Ever After High is based on the children of Fairytale characters. Monster High's C. A. Cupid is a main character in the Ever After High webisodes where she is an exchange student there.

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