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Portrait of a vegetarian"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, which 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...".

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Cosgrove Hall's most popular cel animated show after Dangermouse, Duckula was a big money-spinner, proving popular with viewers of all ages. Duckula, Nanny and Igor Attractive to look at, wonderfully voiced, and often brilliantly written, Duckula took all the best aspects of Dangermouse (well, except for Penfold) and improved on them, making it one of the best cartoons in the Cosgrove Hall portfolio.

If there is one slight downside to this show, and many would say there isn't, it's that the US Kids' channel Nickelodeon helped fund its production. As a consequence, certain aspects of it have a slightly peculair American feel to them; Duckula's voice in particular sounds very American at times. Having said that, though, its humour is still firmly rooted in the British tradition. Interestingly, just as Dangermouse was big in the States, Duckula seems to have been particularly popular in Germany. Why? I dunno! There's a link to a German Duckula site in the Links section, for those of you who speak the language.

Links

  • Are you a frustrated American Duckula fan? If the reason for your frustration is lack of the Count on DVD or VHS, maybe signing this petition will help.
  • Duckula.de is a top Duckula site with good info and resources. It's all in German at the moment, but is said to have an international version coming soon.
  • Dokuja has loads of stuff, including fan art and quotes.
  • 80s Nostalgia has info, pictures and sounds. Nice!
  • Grafduckula.de is another German Duckula site. Since the only German I know are the words for "yes", "no", all the numbers up to 20, and "diarrhoea", I really can't comment on the content. Any German folks want to check it out and send me their opinions?
  • Right about now, what I'd really like is an episode guide.
  • Credits

    Created by: Dan Whitworth

    Voices:
    Count Duckula - David Jason
    Igor - Jack May
    Nanny - Brian Trueman
    Dr Von Goosewing - Jimmy Hibbert
    Various - Ruby Wax
    Narrator - Barry Clayton

    Writers:
    Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert,
    Peter Reeves, Jan Needle, John Sayle

    Music: Mike Harding

    Vocals: Doreen Edwards and Mike Harding

    Animation Directors: Carlos Alfonso and Jean Flynn

    Director: Chris Randall

    Producers: Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove

    Executive Producer: John Hambley

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