This was the first animated feature to mix comedy and horror.
Phyllis Diller's first appearance in animation.
The character "Yetch" was modeled after Peter Lorre (who was dead by the time of production), while "It" was modeled after King Kong.
"Joseph E. Levine was a very successful entrepreneur at that time, and was anxious to get into the 'family market,' as he called it. We had a good time, and I think we all made a few pennies," producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. recalled.
By coincidence, the surname of the character Felix Flankin rhymes with that of Rankin.
The name of the cartoon, "Mad Monster Party," is apt, as co-writer Harvey Kurtzman was one of Mad magazine's creators, and character designer Jack Davis was a longtime Mad artist. Some of the one-liners, such as the name "Veeblefetzer," are "borrowed" from Mad.
Storyboards were begun by Davis and finished by Don Duga, who also did some color setups.
In the cartoon, the husband of Phyllis Diller's character is named Fang. Diller called her real-life husband "Fang" during her standup comedy routines.
Boris Karloff's daughter Sara says that his father never spoke about his involvement in "Mad Monster Party" when they got together, and that she did not see the film when it was first released.
Although the film credits indicate that a soundtrack album was available on RCA Victor Records, it was not issued, except for a test pressing, until 1998- and, even then, not by RCA Victor! The test pressing included the pre-film musical component, such as vocal tracks, but no voices or sound effects over the instrumental tracks.
Songs: "Mad Monster Party" (Ethel Ennis), "Waltz For A Witch" (Instrumental), "Never Was A Love," "Cocktails" (Instrumental), "The Mummy," "Drac" (Instrumental), "The Baron" (Instrumental), "Bash," "You're Different" (Phyllis Diller), "Jungle Madness," "Our Time To Shine" (Gale Garnett) "Mad Monster Party" (Instrumental), "One Step Ahead" (Boris Karloff), "Baron into Battle/Transylvania, All Hail/Pursuit/Requiem for a Loser," "Never Was A Love Like Mine" (Garnett), "Finale" (Instrumental).
Also titled: "Mad Monster Party?" (Note the question mark).
The title of this cartoon in pre-production was "The Monster Movie."
Mad Monster Party Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
Alternate Titles: "Mad Monster Party?" and "The Monster Movie"" (Working Title).
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