Monster High

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Monster High
Monster High logo.png
Creator Garrett Sander
Original work Toys
Miscellaneous
Toys Monster High
Spin-off(s) Ever After High

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 Glen Hanson.[1][2]

The 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 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 entire franchise will be rebooted in 2016, with new face molds, movie animation (starting with "Welcome to Monster High"), slogan ("How Do You Boo?"), and song "This Is How We Boo" performed by Jordin Sparks.

Overview[edit]

Monster High
Monster High dolls.jpg
Monster High dolls from 2010
Type Fashion doll
Inventor Garrett Sander
Company Mattel
Country United States
Availability 2010–present
Slogan
  • "(Where) Freaky Just Got Fabulous!" (2010–2011)
  • "Be yourself, be unique, be a monster!" (2011–2016)
  • "How Do You Boo (Be Out Of The Ordinary)?" (2016–present)
Official website

In the town of New Salem, Oregon, United States (which is the home of humans and monsters), the teenage children of famous monsters attend a school for monsters called Monster High.

Characters[edit]

Further information: List of Monster High characters

Monster High features a variety of fictional characters, many of whom are students at the titular high school. The female characters are classified as Ghouls and the male characters are classified as Mansters. The characters are generally the sons and daughters, or related to monsters that have been popularized in fiction. The franchise's official website identifies six of the characters as Original Ghouls:[3]

  • Frankie Stein (voiced by Kate Higgins speaking, and voiced by Allison Iraheta in "New Ghoul @ School" singing) is the daughter of Frankenstein's monster and his bride. She has white hair with black streaks, even though her mother has black hair with white streaks, and light, mint-green skin, the color of mint-chip ice cream. Frankie is a simulacrum, meaning her body is made of many different parts, similar to a hybrid, but she is more than two monsters and more than three or four. Also, she is clumsy, sweet, and always kind to others. She has a new crush on Neighthan Rot, even though she used to date Jackson Jekyll and Holt Hyde (not in the diaries, Draculaura was dating Jackson and Holt in the diaries).
  • Clawdeen Wolf (voiced by Salli Saffioti[4]) is the daughter of the Werewolf, who might or not be the Wolfman. She is described as furry, outgoing, and sweet. Clawdeen is a bit, or more than a bit, of a fashionista, as she loves fashion with clothes and clothing design. She has a bit of a temper at times when messed with, but can easily control it when coaxed properly. Clawdeen's Basic doll outfit includes of a purple, fur-trimmed, waist-length jacket, a peach tank top with leopard or cheetah print black stripes, fishnet stockings and purple, golden-buckled, wedged, open-toed boots for shoes with openings in the back.
  • Cleo de Nile (voiced by Salli Saffioti[citation needed]) is the daughter of the Mummy Ramses de Nile and is 5842 years old at the start of the series. She is the captain of the fearleading squad. Cleo prefers to accessorize with light-gold bandages or mummy wrappings. She is, or is based on Cleopatra. She is also the queen of the social scene and has a boyfriend named Deuce Gorgon.
  • Draculaura (voiced by Debi Derryberry[4]) is a vampire who is the daughter of Count Dracula. She is in a relationship with Clawdeen's older brother Clawd Wolf. She is a vegan who faints at the sight of blood.[5]
  • Ghoulia Yelps (vocal effects provided by Audu Paden[4]) is the daughter of the zombies who is Cleo de Nile's personal assistant. She is very smart, but can only speak a zombie language which consists of moans and groans. Ghoulia is missing is absent from the 2016 reboot.
  • Lagoona Blue (voiced by Laura Bailey,[4] voiced by Larissa Gallager in Great Scarrier Reef) is the daughter of the Gill-man (Creature from the Black Lagoon)[6] and a sea nymph. Lagoona is from "Down Under" and speaks with an Australian accent. She can talk with water animals. She is in a relationship will Gillington "Gil" Webber.
  • Abbey Bominable (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald), is the daughter of Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Abby is from the Himalaya mountain range and has a thick Russian Accent. Abby was introduced in 2011, but is missing from the 2016 reboot.
  • Ari Hauntington is the daughter of a ghost. She has purple hair (in her ghost form) and Brown with ombre purple highlights (in her solid form). She is a famous popstar both the normies and the Monster world. She has a British accent and the first ghost character to have the ability to turn into a solid. She is a new character introduced in the 2016 reboot.

Production[edit]

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 blue, green, orange 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, but male dolls have flocked or hard, colored plastic hair. Each doll has its own fashion style and personality and each has attributes of the monsters to which it is related (i.e., fangs, stitches, wolf ears, fins, bandages, snakes, etc.).

Media[edit]

Movies[edit]

Flash animation[edit]

Computer Animation[edit]

Animated shorts[edit]

Further information: List of Monster High webisodes

The Monster High website went live on May 5, 2010.[7] Visitors can access games, character bios, several downloads and several more activities.[8] The site also makes available online webisodes for Monster High.[9] Two songs titled "Fright Song" and "We Are Monster High" have been released digitally along with live-action music videos on YouTube.[10][11][12]

Monster High has also had several TV specials on Nickelodeon, "New Ghoul @ School", "Fright On!", "Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love", "Escape from Skull Shores", "Friday Night Frights" and "Scaris: City of Frights". Starting 2012, full-length movies are released on DVD every year. The movies have made Monster High #2 children's direct to video franchise.[13] The direct to video movies include "Ghouls Rule!", "13 Wishes", "Frights, Camera, Action!", "Freaky Fusion", "Haunted" and "Boo York, Boo York". Two more movies were set to follow in 2016, "Great Scarrier Reef", and "Welcome to Monster High!". More movies were set to follow in 2017 Monster High: Electrified.

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". In November 2015, Monster High: New Ghoul in School was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.[14]

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[15] 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[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] Additionally, the fourth book Ghoulfriends 'Til the End was released in spring of 2014. The fifth book is an activity book with an exclusive story about Robbecca {if possible} to be face-to-face with her father. [19]

Discography[edit]

Spin-off[edit]

In July 2013, a new spin-off line launched as a companion line to Monster High, called Ever After High.[20] 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. In the 2015 Monster High movie "Boo York, Boo York", a character Astranova makes contact with Apple White and Raven Queen from Ever After High suggesting a crossover in the future.[21]

Reception[edit]

In response to the creation of these dolls, rival toy company MGA Entertainment released a witch-themed line of dolls known as Bratzillaz (House of Witchez) 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, WowWee's Once Upon a Zombie dolls and Jakks Pacific's Zombie Girls 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. Likewise, rival Hasbro announced in early 2013 the creation of the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls toy line as a spin-off of the 2010 reboot of My Little Pony franchise.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Book references

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