Sunday, December 30, 2012

Count Duckula amongst a Retro Weekend on CITV!

On the 6th and 7th January, UK channel CITV is going to dedicate an entire weekend to shows from the past to celebrate 30 years of kids' telly on ITV, and amongst its lineup an episode of Count Duckula will be shown (making it maybe the first time it's aired on UK TV since 2001).

At the moment it doesn't look like they've specified what episode they will show though from the small bit of info on the online TV guide at ITV it says:

"From 1991, the animated adventures of Count Duckula who lives in a spooky castle with his butler, Igor and nanny".

So I'm assuming they might show an episode from the 4th season?  Who knows?  Either way I am rather stoked about the whole thing as they will also air a few other obscurities like Finders Keepers, Woof and so forth.

Stay tuned!

Update: The episode was "There are Werewolves at the Bottom of My Garden", which was actually made in 1990 though it must have aired the following year.

Friday, November 18, 2011

RIP Mark Hall

First the former animation studio itself, now this; Mark Hall, who co-founded the British animation studio that brought Count Duckula [along with Dangermouse, Wind in the Willows among many] to our world, has passed away last night at the age of 74, after battling with short term illness. He along with Brian Cosgrove were one of the most prolific animation duos in the history of British animation, and even now as I hear that they have recently reformed as Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick, [so it seems] were still going strong.


As part of the Duckula fanbase, I won't forget how awesome Brian and Mark had made it, as well as how gracefully they crafted their other shows [especially Wind in the Willows, man], and I don't look forward to telling this to my mother since she has always said to me how much she enjoyed them all as well.

RIP Mark, say hi to Jack May [the late voice of Igor] for us.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Duckula T-Shirts



Oh dear lord I have been behind, only now I've found that Truffleshuffle are selling two new designs of Duckula t-shirts. Unfortunately the old ones are gone and I can only bet you'd only find them on eBay now provided you don't mind other people's germs (I kid!). I never got hold of the any of the old ones, not even at Christmas, so I sort of regret not buying them despite the hefty prices, but oh well.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Nobody is listening

Hello again. Sad to say Duckula has had a fruitless year this year; no new merchandise since the knickers we showed last year [at least, not that we know of], no new DVDs or anything, and no sign of those movie rumours ever being true. Let's hope 2011 bears more tomatoes.

But the main thing I want to address, and this is probably the second time I've done, is that I DO NOT TOLERATE PEOPLE STEALING MY FANART! See my leniency is wearing thin. In the past month or so I've seen 5 bootleg items on eBay all using the same picture from the first ever post here, as well as about 4-5 people doing copies of it and claiming as their own, the oldest of such people being 31! Way to make a first impression you guys.

It's getting ridiculous. If people knew just how much this sort of thing actually puts me off drawing full stop, barring what I have to do at work, maybe they would think twice and just be original with the art. It just gets stale copying the same picture over and over, with each of them being less cop each time.

If you are directed to this blog via Google images, read this before you try to impress DeviantART with such plagiarism.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Recent additions to my collection

I've been meaning to make another merchandise post for quite a while, though this time we'll be looking at some stuff that was around since back in the 80s.



First we have a bag I picked up back in February which I think must have been designed for kids to take to school, considering how quite small it is. I could probably only fit A5 sketchbooks in it, I tried bigger things before but thankfully I have other bags for when I'm travelling around Essex. It's still a cute bag though, and funny enough I ended up bidding on two because the seller on eBay had 3 brand new ones, one of which I got outbid on.

A couple of weeks ago I had my 23rd birthday, and I was really surprised to unwrap these beauties, all of which were given to me by my boyfriend!


The talking Duckula plushie! Even though he sounds like he has a sore throat, I've always wanted to see one of those for real.


When I first saw photos of this one years ago I thought it was... well. But only when I actually opened up to it I found something quite interesting about it - this is German! As far as I knew, some Duckula toys were made in Germany by Bullyland, which were also responsible for the little Disney figurines I always used to pick up from the Disney store back in the 90's, so it's good to know that they made plush dolls as well. This even has the Duckula logo on the back of his cape.

Finally we have one of the figurines from the Rainbow toys era [by the way, I recently found that this was a UK division of LJN toys, which I believe used to specialise in character toys, but also got picked on by the Nerd a lot, LOL], this one being the one with the clippy hands at the back. Always wanted one of these.

See ya later, I'm off on another hunt!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thames TV promotional poster with Duckula


I recently received an email from David Wakefield, who happens to have been a former employee at Thames TV back in the early 1990's, and was kind enough to offer me a photo of this rather interesting piece of media he managed to take out of a media industry magazine. It's a promotional article regarding some children's programmes that were screening or being developed at the time, while having some focus on Duckula as well. I've made sure the text here is still readable but here's the Duckula part anyways:

"He's green. He's a vegetarian vampire. And he's looked after by his nanny. A bizarre combination. Even for a duck. Yet Count Duckula is one of Thames Television's biggest stars and most appealing personalities. We don't accept that animated characters need be one-dimensional. Instead we've treated Duckula just like any other television character with a fully formed personality of his own. When the series was created, the Duckula writers gave each character his or her own personal biography, CV and personality analysis, complete with problems, phobias and foibles. Does all this sound like a lot of trouble to go to for a children's programme? It should do because at Thames we take making programmes for children as seriously as making programmes for adults."

Now that part about the characters having their own profiles like that has really intrigued me. Based on all my gatherings, I've been attempting to make my own biographies of the major characters but that sounds like something much better...

Thanks David for showing me this, not only is the Duckula picture on this beautiful, the writing around will be intriguing for a lot of us.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We now have a DeviantART group!

Popular artsite DeviantART has recently launched a new feature simply known as Groups, and I've taken the opportunity to make a Count Duckula one myself.

CastleDuckula via DAGroups

There, members can suggest favourites as well as submitting their own Count Duckula artwork, either into both the group and their own gallery or as an exclusive to the group. We do have rules that you may want to check out first, just to be on the safe side.

We're still in early days, but check us out sometime!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A pair of Duckula...wait, WHAT?



Yes. Women's briefs. These are real, and trademarked to Fremantle themselves.

My sister got me these as a present, and I was like, "omg best Halloween present ever". Earlier this month our very own Bobbin discovered them on Topshop's online site and you can view the thread on our forums here. Sad to say though, these are strictly for the summer as right now it's too bloody cold to go around in something like that!

But yes, these are available only from Topshop and sell for £4.00 [€6.00 in Ireland] but grab 'em quick, I don't know if they will last that long!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

At last!

After over a year and constant bugging to get the people at Virgin to get their arses in gear with my personal webspace, I'm happy to announce that Duckyboos can be updated once again! I will now make some tweaks before I can give you all a big, fat update within the rest of this week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Weird bumper featuring the Clock Bats

For some time, Count Duckula was airing on Boomerang in certain European countries. What I've just found here is what I think is a channel bumper [used to promote the cartoon I suppose] from Poland which, for some reason, features Dmitri and Sviatoslav, the two mechanical clock bats that popped out once in a while every other episode to share a dangerously cheesy joke between each other.



Going by "Bat Chat", it's awfully weird, especially with Dmitri having a higher voice. But what's even more bizarre is how they are actually "flying" through places around the world...