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British TV series

       Count Duckula


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Count Duckula         (1988 - 1993)
  
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    producers: Cosgrove Hall Productions
                      for Thames Television
    animation: cel animation
      episodes: 65 x 20mins

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"In the heart of Transylvania,
     In the Vampire Hall of Fame - yeah!
     There's not a vampire zanier than Duckula...
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This quacked-up Count was a spin-off character first seen in Cosgrove Hall's
     mega-successful DangerMouse series. In the episode titled "The Four Tasks of
     DangerMouse" one of the items our super rodent had to retrieve was a feather
     from a vampire duck...

       original version of Duckula 

     That's the original Duckula, above. Originally, he was simply a lisping foppish
     thespian with grand designs for the stage and screen, but thankfully, he had
     a thorough makeover before he got his own series. He was given a snappier
     design with a daffy bill and an angular haircut, and actor David Jason
     lost the rasping edge from his lisp. To flesh out the concept, he was
     given a splendidly-gloomy manservant called Igor and an ever-bumbling,
     sling-wearing, means-well-honest housekeeper called Nanny. These three
     now dwelled together in the Count's teleporting abode, Castle Duckula.
     The teleporting mechanism was contained within an ancient cuckoo
     clock, that also played host to two wisecracking clockwork bats called
     Dmitri and Sviatoslav. Oh, and stalking around in the background was
     mad Doctor Von Goosewing, a famous vampire duck hunter (not at all
     related to Van Helsing, of course...)

      There's not a vampire zanier than Duckula!   

     The thing was, the Count was actually a Vegetarian Vampire, born from a
     mix-up during reincarnation in which Nanny and Igor used ketchup instead of
     blood. Honest. The opening narration explained it all:

    "Castle Duckula, home for many centuries to a dreadful dynasty
     of vicious vampire ducks - The Counts of Duckula. Legend has it
     that these 'fowl' 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...."

    The Count's quacked-up adventures took him around the world, to Egypt, the fair,
    the Highlands, in to space and beyond. But however far he went, Igor was always
    there to bring him down to earth with a doom-laden thump, and Nanny was
    guaranteed to put her foot in it, or arm, or her whole bloomin' person!

   Droll, dry and off-the-wall, Duckula was another top-drawer creation from
    Cosgrove Hall and he still inspires a loyal fanbase today...

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'Mystic Saxophone' book cover   'No Sax Please' book cover Von Goosewing up to no good...

    » Trivia Hounds will note that the first episode of season one was entitled
        "No Sax Please, We're Egyptian", but this title was obviously considered too
        racy for kids. Why else would the book publishers, Carnival, change their tie-in
        title to "The Mystic Saxophone" when they reprinted it in 1989...?

    » In that great Cyclical Way of Things, Count Duckula actually went on to
       spawn its own spin-off series. Series irregulars Gaston and Pierre were two
       sneaky French crooks who were reinvented, reincarnated and relaunched
       as bumbling Victor and Hugo....

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     Collector's corner


    Duckula artwork from DangerMouseOriginals!
     Original art and prints
     If you love this quacked-up Count, you'd best transport over to
     DangerMouseOriginals. This new site is operated by Jennie Cosgrove.
     She's Brian Cosgrove's daughter, and she's got original Duckula
     drawings and production artwork for sale, and more goodies,
     straight from the Cosgrove Hall vaults!....


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     Duckula episodes

     Series One 

    No Sax Please, We're Egyptian
    Vampire Vacation
    One Stormy Night
    Transylvanian Homesick Blues  
    Restoration Comedy
    Mutinous Penguins
    Dr. Von Goosewings Invisible Ray
    Down Under Duckula
    All in a Fog
    Castle Duckula: Open to the Public
    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


     Series Two
    Ghostly Gold
    Ducknapped
    The Lost Valley

    Hi-Duck

    The Incredible Shrinking Duck
    Prime-Time Duck
    Bloodsucking Fruitbats 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, We're 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
    The Lost City of Atlantis
    Bad Luck Duck

    Series Three
    Private Beak
    Astro Duck
    Unreal Estate
    Bombay Duck
    There are Werewolves at the Bottom of my Garden
    Duck Ahoy
    The Great Ducktective
    Deadeye Duck
    The Show Must Go On
    A Christmas Quacker
    The Rest is History
    00 Duck
    Mystery Cruise
    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


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     Duckula on DVD

     UK DVD 

     Count Duckula the Complete Collection

      Count Duckula - The Complete Collection
      Region 2 / seven-disc set / Fremantle / October 2008

      Count Duckula: The Complete First Series
      Region 2 / three-disc set / Fremantle / July 2006

      Count Duckula: The Complete Second Series
      Region 2 / two-disc set / Fremantle / March 2007

      Count Duckula: The Complete Third Series
      Region 2 / two-disc set / Fremantle / Sept 2007

      Count Duckula: Vampire Vacation
      Region 2 / 6 episodes / Pearson Ent. / October 2002


      USA DVD

    
 Count Duckula: The Complete First Season
      Region 1 / Capital Ent. / September 2005


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      producers:
        Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall
      exec prod:   
      John Hambley
      assoc prod:  
      Chris Randall
      director:   
         Chris Randall
      writers:   
           Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert,
                             Peter Richard Reeves,
                             Jan Needle, John Sayle
      music:                 
Mike Harding
      vocals:  
            Doreen Edwards, Mike Harding      
      storyboard:   
     Ben Turner
      animation dir:   
 Carlos Alfonso, Juan R Pina
      design:  
            Chris Randall, Dan Whitworth,
                             Margaret Riley, Paul Salmon,
                             Vincent James, Edmund Williams
      editor:                 
Zyggy Markiewicz
      assistant:            
Hilary Wyatt
      voices:   
           David Jason (Duckula)
                             Barry Clayton (Narrator)
                             Jack May (Igor)
                             Brian Trueman (Nanny)
                             Jimmy Hibbert (Von Goosewing)
                             Ruby Wax (additional voices)  

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      On the web


      Duckula Online
      An info stuffed, well-presented Duckula fansite with show details,
      episode info and pictures, and - well - all that a Duckula fan could
      possibly need or want... Except that it isn't in English. But continental
      visitors will be delighted, and even us language-lazy Brits can get a
      stack out of the place. What's more, it's about to be translated
      into a new international format...

      Memoires of a Vampire Duck

      A Duckula blog here, from a keen series fan, intemittently updated
      with some very handy info and chatter...
.
      Cosgrove Hall Ate My Brain

      Nyanko's energetic, attractive fan site which coivers all-things
      Cosgrove Hall related...

      
Epguides       

      Hooray for epguides! - Here's Alan Morton's transmission
      and episode guide...




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