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Count Duckula

 
 

 

 
 

Prod. Notes:


 

September 1988 - February 1993,  ITV (UK airdates)

Cosgrove Hall Productions

 

Cast:

 

Count Duckula ......................................................................... David Jason

Igor .................................................................................................. Jack May

Nanny ..................................................................................... Brian Trueman

Von Goosewing ................................................................... Jimmy Hibbert

Narrator ................................................................................. Barry Clayton

Others ............................................................................................ Ruby Wax

 

 

Synopsis:

 


 
Count Duckula was a centuries-old vampire who also happened to be a duck (not quite so odd if you consider that all the characters in the series were some form of bird). The cartoon's opening sequence did a good job of setting up the premise for the series:

"Castle Duckula, home for many centuries to a dreadful dynasty of vicious vampire ducks - The Counts of Duckula. Legend has it that these foul beings can be destroyed by a stake through the heart or exposure to sunlight. This does not suffice however, for they may be brought back to life by means of a secret rite that can be performed once a century when the moon is in the eighth house of Aquarius. The latest reincarnation did not run according to plan."

While being revived there was a mix-up. The ritual called for blood as the key ingredient, but as the Count's man servant Igor was performing the rite, Nanny accidentally handed him a bottle of ketchup instead of blood. This mishap resulted in the canardís refusal to eat meat and his becoming a strict vegetarian. Another side effect was that the ancient bird had a driving desire to become an entertainer instead of longing to bite the necks of unsuspecting birds.

This newest incarnation of Duckula was a disappointment to Igor, who found it hard to come to terms with his master's new food preferences and the fact that he didn't like all things gloomy and horrible. All the same, he had a job to do, and did his best to look after his master. Nanny, the castle's resident large, clumsy dimwitted nursemaid, remained loyal and unfazed, regardless of the circumstances.

Following his new wanderlust, Count Duckula would often visit his old haunts (a new location almost every week), by transporting the entire castle to wherever he wished to go. All he had to do was run to the cellar and through his casket, and the castle would disappear. Always close behind was the relentless vampire hunter Dr. Von Goosewing, who was determined to deliver a stake to the breast of the fine-feathered fiend.

Count Duckula was produced in England and appeared on Nickelodeon along with another English series, Danger Mouse, both produced by Cosgrove-Hall. The Countís quirky humor was a hit with American audiences, the Monty Python-esque alternative to contemporary fare like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 


 

 
 
Episodes:
 

 

Season 1

 

No Sax Please - We're Egyptian

Vampire Vacation

One Stormy Night

Transylvanian Homesick Blues

Restoration Comedy

Mutinous Penguins

Dr. Von Goosewing's Invisible Ray

Down Under Duckula

All in a Fog

Castle Duckula: Open to the Public

The Ghost of McCastle McDuckula

Igor's Busy Day

Autoduck

The Vampire Strikes Back

Hardluck Hotel

The Hunchbudgie of Notre Dame

Dear Diary

Rent a Butler

Jungle Duck

Mobile Home

A Fright at the Opera

Dr. Goosewing and Mr. Duck

Town Hall Terrors

Sawdust Ring

Duck and the Broccoli Stalk

Family Reunion

 

Season 2

 

Ghostly Gold

Ducknapped

The Lost Valley

Incredible Shrinking Duck

Hi-Duck

Prime-Time Duck

Bloodsucking Fruit Bats of the Lower Amazon

The Count and the Pauper (I Don't Wanna Work on Maggots Farm No More)

In Arctic Circles

Transylvanian Take-Away

Who Dunnit?

No Yaks Please Were Tibetan

Beau Duckula

Mississippi Duck

Amnesiac Duck

Mysteries of the Wax Museum

Return of the Curse of the Secret of the Mummy's Tomb Meets Franken Duckula's Monster ...

Lost City of Atlantis

Bad Luck Duck

 

Season 3

 

Private Beak

Astro Duck

Unreal Estate

Bombay Duck

There are Werewolves at the Bottom of My Garden

Duck Ahoy

The Great Ductective

Dead Eye Duck

The Show Must Go On

A Christmas Quacker

The Rest is History

O.O. Duck

Mystery Cruise

 

Season 4

 

Around the World in a Total Daze

Manhattan Duck

Alps-A-Daisy

Prince Duckula

Venice a Duck Not a Duck

A Mountie Always Gets His Duck

The Zombie Awakes

 


 

Opening Lyrics:

 


 

[Spoken]: "Castle Duckula, home for many centuries to a dreadful dynasty of vicious vampire ducks - The Counts of Duckula. Legend has it that these foul beings can be destroyed by a stake through the heart or exposure to sunlight. This does not suffice however, for they may be brought back to life by means of a secret rite that can be performed once a century when the moon is in the eighth house of Aquarius. The latest reincarnation did not run according to plan."

 

"In the heart of Transylvan-ia,

In the Vampire Hall of Fame-yeah,

There's not a vampire zanier than...

DUCKULA!

 

He won't bite beast or man,

'Cos he's a vegetari-an. (Aagh!)

And things never run to plan for...

DUCKULA!

 

If you're looking for some fun,

You can always count upon,

Come and find the one they call...

DUCKULA!

 

Heh, heh. Count Duckula!

Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh!"

 

 

 

 

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