Mad Mad Mad Monsters
Written byWilliam J. Keenan
Lou Silverstone
Directed byArthur Rankin Jr.
Jules Bass
StarringAllen Swift
Bob McFadden
Bradley Bolke
Rhoda Mann
Theme music composerMaury Laws
Country of originUnited States
Japan
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducersArthur Rankin Jr.
Jules Bass
Associate Producer:
Basil Cox
CinematographySteve Nakagawa
EditorIrwin Goldress
Running time43 minutes
Production companiesRankin/Bass Productions
Animation:
Mushi Production
Release
Original networkABC
Original release
  • September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)

Mad Mad Mad Monsters is a 1972 traditional animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions[1] in the United States and animated overseas by Mushi Production in Japan. The special aired on September 23, 1972 as an episode of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.[2] It is "related" to the 1967 stop motion animated film Mad Monster Party?[3]

Plot

After Baron Henry von Frankenstein creates a Bride for his Monster, he decides to make arrangements for a lavish wedding at the Transylvania Astoria Hotel. Henry's assistant Igor is jealous of the Monster and wants the Bride for his own, much to the annoyance of Henry.

Arriving at the hotel, Henry gets the wedding booked on Friday the 13th while having the hotel manager Harold write down the required foods. He does turn down the flaming shish-kebabs idea, since some of the guests are allergic to fire. Another thing Henry asks is for him to watch his pet vulture Rosebud and make sure he stays in his cage during the event, since he does not want him bothering his guests.

Many monsters are invited to the wedding, including Count Dracula, his son Boobula and Boobula's pet black cat, Ron Chanley the Werewolf, the Mummy, the Creature, Claude the Invisible Man, his invisible wife Nagatha, his invisible son Ghoul, and Ghoul's invisible dog Goblin when Harold's mailman brother Harvey delivers the invites.

Following his visit to a therapist, Harvey is asked by Harold to watch over the hotel while he takes a vacation. Once the wedding guests arrive, they terrify the guests and staff as the bellhop Norman gets the autographs of the monsters (since he believes them to be movie stars). Norman even talks to Count Dracula and Claude about a rumor that the Wicked Witch of the East will emerge from the cake at midnight during the bachelor party. Henry arrives to see that the Transylvania Astoria is as he likes it. He also reminds Harvey to keep an eye on Rosebud and make sure he stays in his cage.

When the bachelor party arrives, Count Dracula and Claude talk about the Monster's various moments in the past while Nagatha advises them not to embarrass the Monster. When the Bride is shown, the monsters are fascinated and start fighting each other (all except Claude and Nagatha who continue eating their dinner) and the two pets chase each other. As midnight happens, the Wicked Witch of the East does indeed emerge from the cake.

Igor begins to steal the Bride the next day when instructed to hide her until the wedding, which does not go at all according to plan when the Bride ends up snatched up by a pterosaur and lands in the clutches of a giant gorilla named Modzoola.

Running back to the Transylvania Astoria, Igor uses charades to inform Henry what happened. While Harvey stays behind, Henry leads the monsters and Norman to rescue the Bride. When they catch up to Modzoola, they work to rescue the Bride. Just then, Modzoola's wife Mrs. Zoola shows up and Modzoola releases the Bride as Mrs. Zoola drags him off to deal with him.

When the wedding approaches, the Monster is nervous until Henry and Norman help him get over it and have his suit specially made. Due to the priest not showing up, Harvey is enlisted to wed them. When the monsters kiss as the Bride's face is shown, they release massive electrical energy that destroys the Transylvania Astoria.

Sometime later, Harvey visits the therapist again, who tells him that monsters are not real. The therapist turns out to be Dr. Jekyll. When he drinks his elixir, Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde and chases Harvey.

As the credits roll, the Creature, Count Dracula, the Werewolf, the Mummy, Boobula, Claude and Ghoul, the Monster, his Bride, and their newborn child all join Mr. Hyde in chasing Harvey. Norman runs after them in order to get Mr. Hyde's autograph, which will complete his collection of the monsters' autographs.

Cast

Credits

Reception

It was called "visually stunning" but, because of the poor storyline, a "disappointing outing".[5]

References

  1. ^ Jones, Stephen (2000). The Essential Monster Movie Guide: A Century of Creature Features on Film, TV, and Video. Billboard Books. ISBN 9780823079360. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 260–261. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ Picart, Caroline Joan; Smoot, Frank; Blodgett, Jayne (2001). The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 195–. ISBN 9780313313509. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  4. ^ Lawson, Tim; Persons, Alisa (2004-12-09). The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 228–. ISBN 9781578066964. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ Middleton, Brad (2015-02-05). Un-Dead TV: The Ultimate Guide to Vampire Television. By Light Unseen Media. pp. 245–. ISBN 9781935303480. Retrieved 28 September 2015.