LIKE MONSTER HIGH: GRAVEDALE HIGH

Now here’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while…

While Monster High has made the ‘Monsters in High School’ and ‘Monsters are actually good guys’ concepts extremely popular, bolstered by the popularity of vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures in books, movies and other media, it’s not the first series to do so. Many other series have also created stories and worlds where monsters and the supernatural are not the evil entities they usually are, but are heroic, nice, or generally just ordinary folks, despite their otherworldly nature. It’s fair to say that many of these inspired aspects of Monster High, and there are dozens of examples out there, some more popular than most. So I thought it would be fun to remind all the MH fans here of these series, to show where Monster High came from , how others did it, and just so show off some interesting series, some of which would fit in perfectly in the universe of Monster High. Many of these characters would make excellent custom dolls…

And what better place to start than the animated series that was considered the Monster High of it’s time, Gravedale High.

Created in 1990 and lasting only 14 episodes, Gravedale High is pretty much what it says on the cover: It’s about a school populated by teenage monsters. Think Saved by the Bell, but with more undead people, and you have an idea of the wacky shenanigans that occur in each episode.

Rick Moranis (aka the nerdy guy from Ghostbusters) lends his voice as Max Scheinder, a teacher and the only human at Gravedale, who is tasked with teaching the unruliest class in school. His students include Duzer, a mean girl gorgon, Blanche the Southern bell zombie, Bart Simpson wannabe Frankentyke, Gill the surfer dude water monster, nerdy werewolf Reggie, and Vinnie Stoker, the vampire Fonz wannabe. Each episode sees the students get into some bizarre situation, and it falls to Max to help them out and teach them a few things along the way.

It’s not certain if Gravedale High was a direct influence on Monster High , but there are definitely some similarities. The character designs are great, giving the classic monsters a high school redesign, there are lots of different background characters, (Plus the main cast is really varied in body shape and appearance, far more than even Monster High’s cast) and of course, there are plenty of monster puns and visual gags to be had. It may be a bit dated, but anyone who loves Monster High’s webisodes are sure to have plenty of fun with Gravedale High.

Gravedale High wiki

All Gravedale High episodes

I hope you enjoyed this little essay, there will be more to come in the future.

Ney on Neighthan.

I hate to add to the amount of distaste the MH fandom has dumped on Neighthan before his movie debut is even released, but the more I look at him, it more it really does seem like he was just made to be a love interest for Frankie.

All of his friends have various interests and notable character quirks. Sirena is a cloudcuukoolander who loves antiques, Bonita loves vintage clothes and struggles to not eat them, Avea loves to run and has trust issues due to bullying. But Neighthan doesn’t seem to have anything notable or interesting about him, aside from his clumsiness. which last time I looked, is something that happens to EVERYONE once in a while, and isn’t really a unique trait. Sure, he mentions he’s into psychology and wants to help other monsters, but we don;t see him go out of his way to actually help anyone, not even his friends, in his diary. Frankie and her friends don’t know jack about psychology, but that doesn’t stop them from helping out others.

How hard would it have been to give him some hobbies or interests which work with his home life and monster heritage? His diary says his dad is an artist, why doesn’t he have an interest in art as well? How about an interest in nature, since his mother was originally a forest dweller. He’s got magic powers, why not have him learn how to improve his magic abilities so he can help others? All of that and more would have made him a lot more rounded and interesting that him just going “I fall over a lot! Find me endearing!”

I honestly worry that he’s going to become one of those guys who complain that he’s a nice guy but no one takes any interest in him, oblivious to the fact that he has nothing for anyone to be interested in. He’s one rejection away from wearing a fedora indoors. He has potential for a character, I just want Mattel to realize it.

And if I absolutely HAD to pair him up with one of the current cast, I would probably match him with Venus. I feel she would be interested in him, being related to a unicorn who cares for nature, and she would probably encourage him to take more interest in nature and maybe to something more interesting in his life.

witchtoys:

robecca had a pretty major role in frights camera action

rochelle had a major role in scaris

when is venus gonna get a major role in a movie? or a webisode story arc? or… anything? freaky fusion doesn’t count bc it’s not really about her, though maybe we’ll finally see some character development…

She is a main character in the Ghoulfriends books, where she gets a lot of development, (She still cares about the environment, but doesn’t blather on about it in every conversation, she has several younger brothers) and ends up saving the school alongsde Rochelle and Robecca while the main crew (Frankie, Clawdeen etc) pretty much do nothing for a change. It’s worth checking out.

mvmarcz:

i am so tired of mattel right now omg the fact that they even made Jackson/Holt so prominent in Ghoul’s Rule (and stepped all over the FrankieXboth of them shit) and even since they’ve been ignoring them more and more while simultaneously releasing more boy dolls-even if they are some of them.

I feel your pain. It seems ridiculous that while Monster High has made great strides in how female characters are portrayed, it seems to have gone backwards with it’s male characters. All the main boyfriends/love interests have a great variety of different characterizations, interests and motivations, far more than the dim dudebros we had in shows like Bratz. And yet they still get treated like comic relief or accessories for the girls.

Just because the cast is primarily female, and the series itself is more geared toward girls, doesn’t mean you can just treat the male cast like trash to be ignored. If the roles had been reversed and these were female characters being treated like this, there would be an uproar.

And considering that it’s becoming more acceptable for males to like traditionally girly franchises and pursuits, (Look at the success of MLP, it does happen.) and there are many male fans of MH, writing the male cast like morons or ignoring them completely is just such a disservice.

Just stop it Mattel, okay? Stop thinking of the men as just boyfriend shaped accessories and make them characters again.

mymonstersecret:

"With two ghouls trying to operate one body at the same time, they’re having a lot of trouble keeping control"

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WELL GEE FRANKIE

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IT’S TOO BAD NO OTHER GHOUL HAS THIS PROBLEM

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OH WAIT

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It’s not quite the same problem though.

The ghoul’s problem is that they’re both co-existing in a body which has both of their respective powers mixed together, and they’re unused to these different abilities, as well as trying to control a body and do their usual thing when there’s another person who’s trying to do the same thing at the same time

Jackson’s problem is that he’s a ordinary guy who, at inopportune times, blacks out and transforms into a guy most people think is an obnoxious loudmouth and gets into trouble without him knowing. It’s not about ‘controlling a body with someone else in his head’ he has to worry about. It’s about half of his life being taken up by the world’s most annoying relative.

Decided to rewatch Escape from Skull Shores. Man, it really is a shame that Andy Beast never became a main character beyond the movie (aside from his little cameos) because he could have honestly been a great addition to the cast. Unlike some of the other movie exclusive characters, he had a lot of interesting traits, some backstory, and potential to expand as a person beyond the role he had in the movie, more so than most characters who have dolls. From what we learn about him, there are loads of stories he could have brought to the canon.
-First, there’s obviously his ability to turn into a giant. This could have made for some great visual gags, as well as an example of a monster coming to terms with their flaws. Say, Andy feeling frustrated with himself because he keeps accidentally transforming and flattening nearby buildings, but then he uses his form to save people from a burning building or something, proving to everyone and himself than his flaw can be a good thing.
-Having lived away from civilization for ages, he struggles to understand  modern technologies and norms. Again, this could make for some great comedy (like when he attacked the intercom in the movie), but also could have made for some nice character moments as he asks for help and understanding from his friends.
-He lived on a desert island for decades. The guy made a house out of an old ship. He’s got mad survival skills, and it would have been cool to see him apply them to his modern life at Monster High. Maybe using his stone carving skills to make statues of everyone, or taking the gang out to the woods for camping, and easily settling in the rough while everyone else is struggling.
-And of course, there is his relationship with Frankie, and the girl she resembles. They were already quite cute together in the movie, and it would have been nice to see it develop. I could foresee drama as Andy realizes he’s been idolizing Frankie because she resembles his old flame, and coming to realize that Frankie is her own unique person, and that he needs to move on and love Frankie for herself, not for his old memory of scientist girl. Or he could move on and start a relationship with one of the other ghouls. I recall there was a nice fanart a while back with Clawdeen giving him a makeover…
Honestly, he’s such a great, well made character. I’d love it if Mattel brought him back, even if just as a side character in the webisodes. But given the treatment of other movie characters like Bram and Gory, I haven’t got much hope.

Decided to rewatch Escape from Skull Shores. Man, it really is a shame that Andy Beast never became a main character beyond the movie (aside from his little cameos) because he could have honestly been a great addition to the cast. Unlike some of the other movie exclusive characters, he had a lot of interesting traits, some backstory, and potential to expand as a person beyond the role he had in the movie, more so than most characters who have dolls. From what we learn about him, there are loads of stories he could have brought to the canon.

-First, there’s obviously his ability to turn into a giant. This could have made for some great visual gags, as well as an example of a monster coming to terms with their flaws. Say, Andy feeling frustrated with himself because he keeps accidentally transforming and flattening nearby buildings, but then he uses his form to save people from a burning building or something, proving to everyone and himself than his flaw can be a good thing.

-Having lived away from civilization for ages, he struggles to understand  modern technologies and norms. Again, this could make for some great comedy (like when he attacked the intercom in the movie), but also could have made for some nice character moments as he asks for help and understanding from his friends.

-He lived on a desert island for decades. The guy made a house out of an old ship. He’s got mad survival skills, and it would have been cool to see him apply them to his modern life at Monster High. Maybe using his stone carving skills to make statues of everyone, or taking the gang out to the woods for camping, and easily settling in the rough while everyone else is struggling.

-And of course, there is his relationship with Frankie, and the girl she resembles. They were already quite cute together in the movie, and it would have been nice to see it develop. I could foresee drama as Andy realizes he’s been idolizing Frankie because she resembles his old flame, and coming to realize that Frankie is her own unique person, and that he needs to move on and love Frankie for herself, not for his old memory of scientist girl. Or he could move on and start a relationship with one of the other ghouls. I recall there was a nice fanart a while back with Clawdeen giving him a makeover…

Honestly, he’s such a great, well made character. I’d love it if Mattel brought him back, even if just as a side character in the webisodes. But given the treatment of other movie characters like Bram and Gory, I haven’t got much hope.

snowball-gaia:

Here is my Freaky Fusion Ghoulia Yelps Cosplay from Monster High. More photos soon on my facebook channel…
https://www.facebook.com/awesomeGaia

Cosplaying as a fictional character who herself is cosplaying as another character… That’s some Inception level cosplay right there. You look great!

snowball-gaia:

Here is my Freaky Fusion Ghoulia Yelps Cosplay from Monster High. More photos soon on my facebook channel…

https://www.facebook.com/awesomeGaia

Cosplaying as a fictional character who herself is cosplaying as another character… That’s some Inception level cosplay right there. You look great!

Some more Monster High Headcanons

-After learning to transform into a bat, vampires can then pause the transformation to become a demi-bat, basically a vampire with bat wings on their backs and other features such as bat ears. In the olden days, this was used to glide silently across rooftops and look scary to normies, but in modern times most vampires think the demi-bat form has no practical use, since flying in it is slower and less maneuverable than flying as a bat. A trend of vampires decorating their wings with coloured markings, graffiti, painted artworks and jewels has become quite popular in fashion circles recently though. (and Draculaura and Elissabat love to dress up their wings whenever they get the chance.)

-Mummies like Cleo are either people from ancient Egypt who were mummified by their families after death, or modern day people following the ancient tradition in an attempt to preserve family members or cheat death. In either case, once a mummy is sealed within a sarcophagus, it remains there in a semi-unconscious state, not quite awake or asleep, until the sarcophagus is opened. There are whole groups and charities devoted to finding lost sarcophagi, awakening the mummies within and reuniting them with their families. The more extreme of these groups have even broken into museums to ‘liberate’ their brethren from being a normie sideshow.

-Riding on the back of a centaur like Avea isn’t just rude, it’s also considered racist by many monsters, This is because centuries ago, centaurs had been imprisoned by warring monster factions to be used as mounts, often against their will. The barbaric practice died out as more monsters races were unified, but centaurs still get touchy about the subject when someone asks for a ride, even if just in jest.

Now I’ve seen the Freaky Fusion clips while fully awake, I’m really looking forward to it. The Hybrids look great in CG, and their voices are superb! Sirena is aborable (I’m a sucker for slightly bonkers characters) and Avea seems like a less devious Raquelle (though how can she lift her entire body with those tiny little wings?}. I definitely agree that Neighthan seems a bit flat. Seriously, falling over a lot does not a likable character make.

Also Mattel, stop giving so much of the climax away in your trailers!

One of the problems (or unintentional bonuses, if you’re feeling naughty) of having the cgi MH movies in HD is that you can see all the little details, including the ones you weren’t meant to see. Like Frankie’s pink underwear.
At least the animators remembered to give them underwear.

One of the problems (or unintentional bonuses, if you’re feeling naughty) of having the cgi MH movies in HD is that you can see all the little details, including the ones you weren’t meant to see. Like Frankie’s pink underwear.

At least the animators remembered to give them underwear.

puff-pink:

"Yikes! I really need to install a zipper or something!!" 

This is one of the best Frankie fanarts I’ve ever seen. She looks damn cute, and oddly sexy with those seams. And I love how her stitches are incorporated. They look more realistic that on the doll or cartoon model, and it’s nice to see her dealing with them in what could be a regular situation for her. More like this, please!

puff-pink:

"Yikes! I really need to install a zipper or something!!"

This is one of the best Frankie fanarts I’ve ever seen. She looks damn cute, and oddly sexy with those seams. And I love how her stitches are incorporated. They look more realistic that on the doll or cartoon model, and it’s nice to see her dealing with them in what could be a regular situation for her. More like this, please!

songsfromthecatacombs:

Sex ed at Monster High.

Discuss.

Some of my ideas…

- Pretty much any race/species can mate with another of a different type, though some matches (Mammalian/Amphibious, Elementals of different types, Ghosts/Corporeal beings) have a lower success rate than others. Usually the dominate traits of a Hybrid come from the father monster, but sometimes the mother’s genes are more pronounced.

- Zombies do not reproduce by biting humans and turning them into zombies. That’s a misconception by normie movies. Zombies have sex and give birth just like anyone else. Due to their slow nature though, pregnancies can take as long as a year. People say the slow foreplay in amazing though.

- Vampires are able to conceive children just fine, and in the MH universe, is considered the preferable means of increasing the vampire population instead of turning humans. Newborn vampires age normally until they reach an adult age, after which they remain the same for the rest of their lives. Hybrid monsters with vampire parents experience the same thing, but with a much reduced lifespan.

- Ghosts and spirits can mate with living beings, but it requires either the use of a magic spell which makes them corporeal (available from witches and magic experts) or by temporarily possessing a willing surrogate who provides the sperm/carries the baby.

- Like seahorses, female sea monsters can impregnate males and vise versa.

- Skeletons like Skelita possess the same internal organs as most other beings,but they are all compacted inside their bones. When pregnant, skeletons develop a large hard dome where their stomach would be, which stores the womb.

Might come up with more ideas later.