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    Dangermouse and Count Duckula

    Okay I would just like to take this opportunity to declare my love for two of the greatest cartoon series in the history of cartoons, Dangermouse and Count Duckula.

    Now as some of you may or may not know both of these shows were created by the British cartoon studio called "Cosgrove Hall" which was founded in 1976 by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall. Seeing as DangerMouse was the first of the two I will start with him.



    A parody of the classic tv show Danger Man (as well as many other spy shows of course) this show chartered the adventures of Britains top secret agent and his bumbling sidekick Penfold. Througout most of the show his chief nemesis was the evil toad Baron Silas Greenback and his lackey Stiletto as they tried many hairbrained schemes to take over the world (such as selling heaters to Eskimos, only to be foiled when the realise the eskimos have nowhere to plug them in). On these adventures it was haevily shown that DM (as he is known to his friends) may be the worlds greatest (and most famous) secret agent, an expert in many forms of martial arts and a keen detective... he was also as much an accident prone bumbler as his sidekick was and mostly saved the day through sheer dumb luck as much as anything else.

    Now while Greenback was the chief villain there were other ones, such as Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn III and one particular evil character who was obsessed with Show Business... the absolutley brilliant COUNT DUCKULA.

    Now unlike the Duckula from the CD cartoon show (which i will get to in a minute) it was implied that this particular one was indeed an evil vampire as he tended to join up with evil people in an attempt to take over the world (or at least get on tv). Now while this love of showbusiness carried over to the Spin Off show "Count Duckula" I tend to think that this particular incarnation of Duckula was the father of the one from the CD show. Yes I know technically it is the same vampire reincarnated every time but everyone (including he himself) refer to them as his ancestors, even though he knows that he is his own ancestor, as he says "Im not Like I was when I was my own father!", but I refuse to believe that the evil Count Duckula of the DangerMouse cartoon is the same Count Ducklua as my Ducky Boos.

    Okay onto the Count Duckula cartoon show (which is my favourite of the two, if not my favourite cartoon series EVER).

    Starting with one of the greatest openings of any cartoon series ever



    "Castle Duckula—home for many centuries to a terrible 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 by 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 zenith... The latest reincarnation did not run according to plan."

    This show followed the zany adventures of the green Transylvanian Vegetarian Vampire Duck... "COUNT DUCKULA" (an obvious parody of Count Dracula) who was made vegetarian when Tomato Ketchup was used in the secret rite instead of blood, as he attempted to become a rich and famous entertainer, explorer, artist... whatever took his fancy really. Of course none of his brilliant ideas would not work without the help of his faithful Butler Igor and his beloved Nanny..Nanny (or is that his brilliant ideas would work without the help of his faithful Butler Igor and his beloved Nanny..Nanny).

    The other most famous character of this show was the Wampire, ahem I mean Vampire Hunter Doctor Von Goosewing (a parody of Van Helsing) and his attempts to kill the blood sucking fiend Duckula (he seemed oblivious to the fact this incarnation of the Dreadful Dynasty of Vicious Vampire Ducks was a harmless vegetarian) using his ingenious (well stupid) inventions.

    Despite being a Vampire Duckula did not share his ancestors problems with Sunlight (it did not make him turn to dust) and in fact he seemed to quite enjoy it. However he did have some vampiric qualities such as the ability to teleport (usually to the telephone), not casting a reflection in the mirror "look in the mirror and there you are not there." and enhanced strength (he was able to lift and support his entire body with only one finger with no apparent problems)

    Oh and he also had a pet werewolf named Towser which was heard on occaision but never seen.

    What I liked about both these shows, was not just the brillaint voice acting (especially of DM and CD which were both done by David Jason), but also the brilliant dialogue and play on words such as the memorable back and forth between Duckula and two Egyptian Priests named Hoomite and Yoobee

    "Hoomite: I am Hoomite, High Priest of the Sun God Ra! And this is my assistant Yoobee.
    Yoobee: Delighted, I'm sure.
    Hoomite: Who might you be?
    Count Duckula: Yes, I got that.
    Hoomite: No, who might you be?
    Count Duckula: Yes, I know, you said that already.
    Hoomite: So you will not tell me?
    Count Duckula: Well, I hardly need to, do I?
    Hoomite: We shall see about that! Yoobee, you try.
    Yoobee: Oh, very well master. Listen I am Yoobee, right?
    Count Duckula: Wrong. I am, you are.
    Yoobee: Aahhh! There you are Master, he is Yooare.
    Hoomite: So you are Yooare?
    Count Duckula: I am not, I am not.
    Hoomite: See! He is not Yooare, he is Knot!
    Yoobee: You are Yooare!"

    Now if you will excuse me I am going to go watch my new Dangermouse and Count Duckula Boxsets
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    These are great shows! It was nice to see a different style of humor than all the other cartoons and such original brilliant ideas.
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    Yeah I really really highly suggest getting a hold of these shows, there is noway anybody could be disappointed by them.

    And if they are they need psychiatric help to fix their obvious mental problems.

    Quote Originally Posted by markatisu View Post
    I wish they would release S2-S4 here in the US, with the dollar being so low compared to the Euro or GBP its too expensive for me to import S2-S4 (S3 and S4 were combined in the final UK release)

    So far I only own the US S1 release, its too awesome of a show!
    Of which show?

    Oh and these are two shows I hope are never remade. This is because I feel they will try to make DM too much of a suave ans sophisticated super spy and they might add too much horror to Count Duckula. No if there was to be anymore of these brilliant shows they would have to be new episodes that carried on the existing shows that were stylistically identical so as not to spoil these perfect examples of 80's toons
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsfang View Post
    Of which show?

    That would be Count Duckula. Danger Mouse has been released completely here in the US, while Duckula has had only Season 1 put out.

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    Ah okay, sorry I live in England so I don't know what is and is not released in the US. Have any of you CD lovers tried online (such as Ebay) for later series of the show?

    You know I even have my Count Duckula soft toy from when I was little. One of the few things I have left from my childhood and one of my most beloved ones.
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    Yeah, I have been waiting to see if more seasons of Count Duckula was going to be released in USA, but I guess I will have to buy the Region 2 discs.

    I actually bought a region free player when MOTU first came out in the UK and have enjoyed being able to pick up stuff from other countries.
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    I wish they would release S2-S4 here in the US, with the dollar being so low compared to the Euro or GBP its too expensive for me to import S2-S4 (S3 and S4 were combined in the final UK release)

    So far I only own the US S1 release, its too awesome of a show!
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    Wow that's brought back some memories... that Thames Television opening almost brought a tear to my eye..

    Cosgrove Hall also made Wind in the Willows apparently. Who knew.
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    dangermouse....

    finally re watching a little of this form my complete DVD set....

    I forgot how good this show was. Sure, the animation was almost non existent, the VA for DM provided double duty as the announcer, and later count duckula. But it was fun as hell, and it stuck with you for years.

    Was it as popular over the pond as it was in the states? thank you nick for importing the good shows .....
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    I absolutely adore both Dangermouse and Count Duckula tho if anyone asked me to pick a favourite...after I poked them in the eye for suggesting one was inferior to the other...I would have to say Count Duckula.

    And yes it was INSANELY popular here. Both shows were
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    Man, I haven't seen these in AGES. I used to watch both in the morning before I left for school...had to be early elementary. Can't remember a lick of the humor, though; just that I used to watch them. I also associate something called Banana Man with those two...? Can't think why. Anyone know what that is?

    Anyway, maybe youtube has some of these. I'm sure I remember Dangermouse used to crack me up.
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    This is Bananaman



    Loved it myself but I was preferred Super Ted, which was created by Mike Young before he moved to America and made the 2002 series of MOTU

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    dangermouse

    my first exposure to cartoons outside the US was Dangermouse....

    Who among the cast is still with us? In the category of everything old is new again, it'd be the perfect time for a dangermouse movie....

    In other news....I always wondered where those stairs in his headquarters went..and what the buttons on his TV did as a kid ;o)
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    i already have a thread dedicated to this series and Count Duckula

    http://he-man.org:81/forums/boards/s...d.php?t=158392

    But to answer your question

    David Jason (Dangermouse / Narrator) - Still Alive
    Terry Scott (Penfold) - Deceased
    Edward Kelsey (Colonel K) - Still Alive
    Brian Trueman (Stiletto) - Still Alive
    Jimmy Hibbert (Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn III) - Still Alive
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