If you’re a fan of stop motion animation, then you’re a fan of Rankin/Bass. The studio is best known for 1964’s Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. But in 1967, Rankin/Bass did the ultimate monster mash-up with Mad Monster Party.
Though it was originally released in spring and contained no overt mention of Halloween, Mad Monster Party featured every creepy creature associated with trick or treating. Count Dracula, the Mummy, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Werewolf, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, skeletons and zombies populated the stop-motion family comedy.
There’s an excellent article from the website Decades that discusses this often overlooked treasure that features Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller, as well as the impact it had on other pop culture interpretations of the famous characters in its story.
Further, there’s a link to a “Making of” short feature on Youtube. I always love those things.
Oh and Happy Halloween!