Thursday, September 10, 2009

Count Duckula

In my search for television heroes who enjoy hot chocolate I have come across Count Duckula. This is a character played by Warner Brothers' Daffy Duck. Daffy was an unusual animated character because he had series where he was still Daffy but played other roles. He was also the title role in "Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century".

Season 1, Episode 1: No Sax Please: We're Egyptian
Original Air Date—6 September 1988
One day while awaiting a breakfast of "cocoa and chockie bickies", Duckula is fed up with his predicament as a false vampire, and Igor takes him through the picture gallery of the castle to remind of his ancestry. While being lectured about the pictures, Duckula asks Igor about his great-uncle's great-uncle, The Archduck McGanza discovery of the "mystic saxophone", an instrument known to give any who play the saxophone power over life and death, and over all the forces of the universe. And so Duckula, Nanny, and Igor set off to Egypt to find the saxophone.

Season 1, Episode 23: Town Hall Terrors
Original Air Date—21 February 1989
Realizing that the castle needs major repairs, Duckula goes to the town council to get a grant to repair it. When he gets the grant, he gives the money to some tricksters who build a railroad right through the castle.

Nanny: Are you saying my cocoa's lumpy?
Count Duckula: Of course not! It's one big lump.
Igor: Rather like Nanny herself, milord.
Count Duckula: Hehe! Very good Igor! I don't care what everyone else says - you HAVE got a sense of humour. Somewhere.

Season 2, Episode 1: Ghostly Gold
Original Air Date—12 September 1989
In this episode Duckula sets of to the Yukon in search of gold. In the process he is caught in the snow.

Count Duckula: [the three are out in the snow, lost] I still think it would have been a better idea to bring the *dogs* to pull the sled, Nanny.
Nanny: Oh, no, Duckyboos, it's too cold. Those poor little mutts would have been half-freezing!
Igor: Instead, they're tucked in front of a blazing fire, drinking the young master's best cocoa and eating his chocolate biskies.
Nanny: Oh, dear, I meant to pack them some custard creams as well, I hope they don't get too upset!


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