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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mad Monster Party Special Edition DVD Out Today!



Most people are familiar with Rankin/Bass and all of their wonderful animated Holiday Specials. I grew up watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer every year at Christmas. And I still watch it every year along with Frosty the Snowman, A Year Without Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and more. But it wasn't until my early twenties that I happened upon the Rankin/Bass feature film, Mad Monster Party. A stop motion animated film featuring classic monster characters, great music and the voices of Boris Karloff & Phyllis Diller, count me in! I recorded MMP off of late night TV (TNT, back when they had MONSTERVISION), and that was my only copy until Anchor Bay released a beautiful, remastered version to DVD in 2003. It was re-released to DVD in 2005 and now it has been released at third time. This time they have included some documentary features. So I will be picking this one up when it is convenient for me.
Now, I decided to mark the occasion with a little drawing. Francesca & Yetch. Yetch loves Francesca.
This drawing was conceived to the Mad Monster Party soundtrack from Percepto records. Really great fun music.




13 comments:

  1. Hey Girl...love this new image. The expressions are great and the lil' guy reminds me of Gomez a little. Top notch work as always! This is a test post after 2 hours of troubleshooting...hopefully it posts!

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  2. BRILLIANT!!

    Loved the film (and am proud owner of a region 1 dvd).. and love the illustration too! How about some of the other characters?

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  3. Many thanks!!

    Wens, your post seems to have come thru just fine. I hope that your Blogger account is back on track now.

    Shane, I haven't drawn any of the other characters, but I probably will in the future! I was originally going to draw Dracula with Francesca, but decided on Yetch instead. Maybe I'll draw tap dancing Drac! The Monster's Mate would be fun too!

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  4. uyyyyyyyyyyy,que buenos dibujos,me encantan esos diseños,un aplauso!!!!!!!!plac,plac,plac,plac.goood bye!!!!!!!!

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  5. fang-tastic pic! and a must see - agen and agen - film.
    love see you draw the MONSTER!

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  6. I watched this last year on DVD for the first time in probably 25 years or so...WOW, it was even crazier than I remember it being! Of course, I loved seeing it again, and showing it to my kids. One thing that struck me as an adult was how much Francesca sounds like Kathleen Turner in her prime!

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  7. When I'm able to pick this new edition up, I'm going to pass down my other copy to my little sister who is 6 going on 7. I didn't make that comparison of Kathleen Turner & Francesca until now, and you're right! They do sound very much alike. Which is funny because a few years back I thought about dressing up like Francesca for Halloween but thought 'Nobody will know who I am, they will probably all think I'm Jessica Rabbit or something'! Ha! Ha!

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  8. Thanks Shane! I will have to do another MMP piece (Monster included) sometime in the future. I've been wanting to watch it again, although I may hold off until I get this SE. Once I watch it again I'm sure I'll be very inspired.

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  9. Wow - I said it already, but I love it. Going through your blog is gonna be fun!

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  10. Thanks again. I hope you enjoy looking thru the rest of my little doodlins'!

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  11. Hey...well I happened to find the Mad Monster Party DVD at Target Sat. night, so we watched it Sunday morning during breakfast and it was SPOOKTACULAR! I kept looking for "Vetch" is it? The little guy from your art piece. I liked him, he made me laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed the video and am so happy to be able to add it to my Halloween Collection. Thanks for turning me on to it. I did a post on it today, along with a new GooseBumps we got along with it. I can't believe that I've never seen this before! As for the characters, my kids liked Dracula and the Invisisble Man the best! But I think I like the 2 you drew the best. I also really liked the theme song too, I think I've heard it somewhere before. We had a great Mad Monster Breakfast! :o)

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  12. I'm glad to hear that you all liked it!!

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