Oh, Rankin-Bass. Don’t ever change. We love you.
You know, given the title, this one was pretty inevitable wasn’t it? It’s a strange, strange movie. I’m pretty sure this is one of Rankin-Bass’ earlier efforts and if that’s true, it shows. The pacing is way, way off.
The good news is that there aren’t too many songs and the special effects are pretty good. And more than any other Rankin-Bass movie, except for “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” , it’s got good old fashioned nightmare fuel for the kids.
The Best Parts:
2 minutes in – No!!! Jeremy!!!
13 minutes in – Audrey 2?
17 minutes in – If you’re working on a ship that is bound for someplace called The Isle of Evil and this is the crowd who shows up, worry.
19 minutes in – Now there’s an animation challenge!
26 minutes in – Like I said, the pacing in this movie is way, way off.
34 minutes in – Salad of Spooky Doom!
40 minutes in – Oh, this is groovy.
47 minutes in – Probably the unsexiest catfight ever committed to film.
48 minutes in – “Chilly down with the Fireys!”
50 minutes in – Fishguy used Watergun! It’s not very effective.
54 minutes in – And we’ve got ourselves yet another “Lost” theory.
57 minutes in – Nice touch.
1 hour, 2 minutes in – Nightmare Fuel! I choose you!
1 hour, 5 minutes in – That’s an interesting set of pictures, Doctor.
1 hour, 10 minutes in – Very nice touch.
1 hour, 11 minutes in – Release the crappily animated alligators!!!
1 hour, 13 minutes in – … … … Wow.
1 hour, 19 minutes in – Isn’t this the most sensitive portrayal of an asthmatic person ever?
1 hour, 27 minutes in – How can you fail if you haven’t even tried anything?
1 hour, 29 minutes in – If you couldn’t tell that they were building up to this scene, you have revoked your privileges to read a review with “Monster” in the title written by a person with “Monster” in her screen-name and posted on a website with “Monster” in the title. 😀
1 hour, 30 minutes in – That is a pretty awesome boat. For the record, the boat at the end of “One Crazy Summer” still wins.
1 hour, 34 minutes in – Tomato Surprise!
Classic Lines of Dialogue:
“Oh, don’t thank me! Thank my pills!” – Felix
Things I Learned from this Movie/Book/Whatever:
* – Victor Frankenstein doesn’t care about birds. 😦
* – Insect repellent can serve the same purpose as garlic in a pinch.
* – Tribbles (or Puffskeins if you prefer) aren’t so cute when they’ve got long legs.
Things That Can Save Any Movie:
Cool Creatures? Yes, and there’s some pretty spiffy animation effects bringing them to life here.
Good Soundtrack? It’s a Rankin-Bass movie, isn’t it? No.
Hot Guys? No.
Pretty Scenery? Reimagine “Rudolph” in a spooky castle and you’ve got the idea.
Nifty Animation/Special Effects/Illustrations? Yes. It even reminded me of George Pal in some parts.
Drinking Game Potential? Drink when somebody should get in trouble for thinking too loud but doesn’t.
Head Movie Potential? Yes.
Danny. It’s worth a look for Rankin-Bass fans but way too slow for anyone else.
A Rankin-Bass Film released by MGM in 1967. Written and directed by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass.
Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller. It’s that kind of movie.