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Count Duckula - A green-skinned vegetarian vampire duck (he liked ketchup and broccoli) who lived in Castle Duckula in Transylvania on the cartoon COUNT DUCKULA/SYN/1988-1993.

Count Duckula the Vegetarian Vampire

So you ask "How did Duckula become a vegetarian?." Well, In vampire circles, one avoids such things as point wooden stakes or sunlight. But sometimes, they can't be avoided.

Luckily, for those destroyed by such items, there is a loophole or secret ritual that can be used to bring a disposed vampire back to life. But first you need some blood. Unfortunately, during one such ceremony, a bottle of ketchup was used by mistake and thus was born, Count Duckula, the vegetarian vampire.

Now, instead of blood lust, Dukula lusted after vegetables, money and power. He managed to get plenty of vegetables, but somehow the money and power kept slipping through his fingers. Thanks, no doubt, to the bumbling interventions of Igor, Duckula's dutiful but gloomy butler and Nanny, a large, clumsy, chicken housekeeper who calls Duckula "Ducky boos.".

The Count's main nemesis, however, is Dr. Von Goosewing who seeks to destroy Duckula with a wooden stake for all the atrocities committed by Duckula's family over the centuries.

To escape the clutches of Von Goosewing (and occasional boredom) Duckula uses a teleportation device to transport his castle anywhere on the planet. The mechanism is programmed to return Duckula (and guests) home automatically at dawn, Eastern Transylvanian Standard Time.

Produced by Cosgrove Hall Productions for Thames Television, the Count Duckula series is a spin-off from episode "The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse" on the DANGERMOUSE cartoon, wherein super agent DangerMouse was given the task of retrieving a feather from a vampire duck.


Duckula

Opening Narration & Theme Song Lyrics

Narrator: 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.
Igor: Blood!
Nanny: I'll get it!
Narrator: The latest reincarnation did not run according to plan.
Igor: Oooh!

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,
The wild and wacky one they call,
DUCKULA!

Heh, heh! COUNT DUCKULA!
Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh!


Characters / Voice Credits

David Jason as Duckula
Barry Clayton as Narrator
Jack May as Igor
Brian Trueman as Nanny/ Dimitri the Bat
Jimmy Hibbert as Von Goosewing / Sviatoslav the Bat
Ruby wax as Additional Female Voices


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