Friday, October 30, 2009
The 1966 Rankin and Bass' stop-motion classic Mad Monster Party is one of my favorite animated films. It's not as widely known as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and some of their other holiday TV specials - probably because, at feature length, it doesn't get shown on TV that often. But it's an amazing little picture, featuring a punchy script partially credited to Mad Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman and absolutely charming character designs by longtime Mad artist Jack Davis.
Ever since I was a kid I've been seeking out whatever material I could find about the making of the film. I'm pleased to report that just a few days ago this short documentary about the creation of Mad Monster Party was posted online. It's interesting stuff, featuring a lot of things I'd never known. I never would've guessed that one guy supplied the voices of almost every male character in the cast!
The first part is below, and the second part will be one of the clickable options that pops up at the end.
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