Tuesday, October 4, 2016

1986 My Pet Monster

My Pet Monster is one of the few plush dolls marketed to boys first produced by American Greetings in 1986 and most popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The doll has blue fur, horns and a fanged smile, and is recognizable by its orange plastic handcuffs. The handcuffs could also be worn by children and came with a breakaway link so that the child could simulate breaking the chain. Several versions of the doll have been released in various sizes and other attributes. Capitalizing on the nostalgia in many children of the '80s, vivid released a 22-inch tall talking My Pet Monster doll in 2001.

The plush dolls spawned this 1986 live-action direct-to-video film about a boy named Max (Sunny Besen Thrasher) and his sister Melanie (Alyson Court) who go to a museum and see a monster-like statue that Dr. Snyder (Colin Fox) had brought back from the Middle East. After being exposed to the statue and sunlight simultaneously, Max finds himself turning into the furry blue monster whenever he gets hungry. Dr. Snyder tries to hold him captive, but Max escapes and eludes him. The dolls also spawned a 1987 My Pet Monster children's animated series that ran for one season (13 episodes) on ABC, produced by Ellipse (France), Nelvana (Canada), and Hi-Tops Video in association with Golden Books.

This is laughably bad (especially the Monster costume/animatronics) but it's classic 80's cheese. Halloween is only mentioned once at the end of the video.

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