Count Duckula
Count Duckula
| 06 September 1988 (USA)
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  • Reviews

    It's easily one of the freshest, sharpest and most enjoyable films of this year.

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    Roman Sampson

    One of the most extraordinary films you will see this year. Take that as you want.

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    The movie's not perfect, but it sticks the landing of its message. It was engaging - thrilling at times - and I personally thought it was a great time.

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    Watching it is like watching the spectacle of a class clown at their best: you laugh at their jokes, instigate their defiance, and "ooooh" when they get in trouble.

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    "Count Duckula" is my all time favourite cartoon, and I believe it to be one of the very best too. I loved it as a very young kid but I doubt I could have appreciated just how special it actually is. Cosgrove Hall produced 65 episodes of consistent quality over a remarkably short period of time. The weakest episode of Duckula would be the highlight of many another TV series. The animation varies a little, it was obviously worked on by more than one company. At its best it was about as good as TV animation ever got. At its worst it was far above average. The backgrounds in particular are immaculate, with imagery that was often witty or spooky. But what makes this show truly special is the comedy. The show is frequently, hysterically, funny; even after multiple viewings. Not only that but the humour goes into territories often overlooked in cartoons, it is primarily verbal humour with frequent diversions into black and surreal comedy.If I have not described the show well enough it is mostly because I could never do it justice. Thankfully, we live in a world where all 65 episodes are available, at quite affordable prices too, on DVD. Even if you think you are too old for cartoons, you are not too old for "Count Duckula". Believe me!

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    Cosgrove Hall (makers of "Danger Mouse") does it again with this marvellous spin-off series about a vampire duck who only sucks on broccoli sandwiches? Count Duckula of course! After being know for centuries as a callous, blood-sucking fiend, he has another reincarnation by his faithful butler, Igor the vulture and his bumbling maid, Nanny the hen who of which his revival goes to pot after Nanny gives Igor tomato ketchup instead of blood and turns him into a mild-mannered, cowardly mishap! Now with this transporting machine and his chatting bats figures on his cloak, he goes on many strange adventures around the world but also has to escape the clutches of Dr. Van Goosewing, a vampire hunter who wants to see the end of Duckula! Featuring the voice of David Jason, this is another masterpiece from the creators of "Alias the Jester" and so you should go and buy the first season three disc box set right now and sign a petition for this to return of terrestrial television because you won't find another vampire zanier than DUCKULA! 9/10

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    "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...." *POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Thus began the creation of Count Duckula. Igor was doing the reincarnation but Nanny gave him ketchup instead of blood. Aside from goofy Count Duckula, you have Igor, his vulture butler who tries to push the Count into being a true blood sucking vampire duck and the maid, Nanny, who is a giant chicken with her arm in a sling but still bursts through walls either screaming "Oh Duckyboos!" or "I'll get it!". There was also a hunter after the count for a while and other times thieves would try to steal things from the castle.Count Duckula first appeared in the series DangerMouse in an episode called 'The Four Tasks of DangerMouse'. He later on got his own spin off series. Both shows were aired during the 80's on Nickelodeon. I liked DangerMouse too but I loved Count Duckula because they were all crazy. Nanny was always ruining Igor's plans, and they'd use their teleporting castle to visit all sorts of places. It also had that great closing theme with all the weird pictures, sound effects and it would end with that lighting bolt. A really fun show, I'll have to find it on DVD. "Goodnight out there.... whatever you are!"

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    Big Movie Fan

    This is one cartoon show which I used to rush home from work to try and catch at times. It was a spin-off from the hilarious Danger Mouse and it was truly funny.I mean, how can anyone hate a cartoon starring a vampire duck...that was a vegetarian? Who can forget the lumbering Igor or Nanny who permanently wore an arm sling?Duckula himself was just amazing-he came out with some really funny lines throughout the series and the stories were very good indeed and far superior to today's cartoons which are very poor (sorry kids).Check out Duckula if you can.

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