A few weeks ago, Cartoon Brew publicized the new Blu-Ray release of Mad Monster Party, a rare Rankin-Bass motion picture. (I did intend to publicize the events, but then NYCC happened.) Among most pop-culture fans, Rankin-Bass is known for Christmas specials, which air every year, generating nostalgic bliss as we watch misfit toys and meteorological siblings sing and dance.
Now, while I’m not an animation expert, I am well versed in most aspects of American cartoons, especially those from before 1990. I have never seen Mad Monster Party (probably because it’s not aired frequently like Rudolph or Frosty).
The story was co-written by Harvey Kurtzman! Production design by Jack Davis! A one-sheet movie poster by Frank Frazetta!
So, here are some treats for you tonight, as we belatedly celebrate Halloween.
Just how crazy is this movie? (Which I have not seen.) Comics Alliance has the low down.
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