Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Quackmas

Here's wishing you a merry ducky Quackmas!

I also have to inform, and regret that blog comments are now moderated, for personal reasons. This means that I'll be notified when you post a comment on an entry and I'll have to approve it if I think it's appropriate.

All the best for the holidays, and thank you for your kind feedback!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Some plans

Just a quick post before I go to bed.

I've got plans in my mind for Duckyboos which involves moving the news and updates section from the main site into here not only to make it a pinch more active, but also to make the previous news posts more organised, and for future ones more easier to post. It'd save me having to knock one out of three posts, which I hand type into the index file, everytime I update, and from making new pages as the old news archive grows. Should I?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Season 2 release for Latin America

Good news for Duckula fans in South America, the second season has appeared to have been released!


Apparently there will be 19 episodes on this DVD, but this source doesn't tell whether or not there is anything else on it like features and stuff. What I do find interesting though is that the picture of Duckula on this cover is derived from the cover of the 1991 Annual. It seems that whoever designed these seem to have done them better than whoever designed the UK DVD covers.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Count Duckula: The Complete Series 3

Got hold of my copy yesterday. Same price, same store, you get the drill.

Again, there are no extras on this DVD, and the menu is exactly the same as those in the previous DVD set but coloured blue, but there's a twist - despite the name of the DVD, which is "the Complete Third series", the last seven episodes of the series, known widely as 'season 4', are included as well! So now the whole series is available on DVD in the UK, result!

Also for some weird reason, the inlay displays the episode "A Christmas Quacker" as episode 62 [the 4th from last one on the second disc]. So now we have a new mystery - is this the real episode order, or has either Fremantle, CITV or even the Internet got it mixed up? Who knows...

Either way, I enjoyed the episodes I haven't seen [I really liked it when the Crow Brothers were being upside-down 'mushrooms' in "The Show Must Go On", and I remember parts of "Prince Duckula" being used in an old advert for the cartoon they used to show on Nickelodeon back in 1995/1996.], and the fact that it's all there is all that really matters.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Australian DVD release

I just discovered a new DVD release for Australia that is to be released on the 10th October 2007. Although the box contains 3 discs, only 18 episodes from the first season will appear on this release unfortunately, and the cover design isn't that great either. Still, good news for you Aussies that might have been unable to get hold of the first season from the US and UK.


Meanwhile in the UK, we're just days from our 3rd series set. I hope to get my copy cheaper this time, usually DVDs in ASDA are up to half the price of those sold in HMV and Virgin. The new choice would be whether to buy it before or during my holiday to Blackpool which will be on the 10th next month.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

New screenshots added

Screenshots from the episode "One Stormy Night" have been added to the Gallery. I've also created galleries for up to the 9th episode as I'm going through the first disc of my series 1 boxset, these have yet to be filled with screenshots which I will work on tonight and in the next few days.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Just so we know...

We fellas in the UK are getting the third series of Count Duckula on DVD on September 3rd. No image yet [ briefly used a photograph I took of the series 2 box from here!], but like the series 2 set, this will be a 2-disc DVD, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of special features... well, I don't know how they're going to divide this one up then if the third series only has 13 episodes...

Saturday, June 30, 2007

A brand new update

Since I've barely done anything major for the site in about a month as I'm still waiting for the third series to come to DVD, I've decided to give a couple of my DVDs a review each [nothing too long at the moment, but they're there], and to make those accessable I've opened up a new page with info on VHS, audio and DVD releases of the cartoon.

I've also added a new Duckula blog called Crazy About Count Duckula to the Links section, be sure to check it out ;)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Why I moved the fansite to NTLWorld

Just a few secs ago, I moved the Duckyboos fansite to a new location which can be found here. It was initially a mirror of the original at I made soon after I discovered that I had some ad-free webspace on my own ISP, Virgin Media [formerly known as NTL]. It was only 55MB, 5MB less than the original host, but I decided to take it on anyway to see if it made the site work for someone who couldn't view the original.

Fateback was horrible - it disallowed the uploading of MP3 files or any files more than 200KB [which was why I decided to host related images onto my Livejournal account], and it had this ad at the top of each page that interfered with my CSS. Not even Firefox's Adblock could block it. So in the end, I created a redirection page and wiped everything else off, while keeping the new host open.

I feel really bad... like, I'm rushing things without telling anyone, and it comes to a point where I feel that I don't know what I'm doing, but I do. I dunno...the Duckyboos project is my pride and joy, but I just feel like a crappy admin.

One thing's for sure though, the fansite won't be coming back to Fateback at dawn, Transylvanian Standard Time.

Heads up, we're moving!

Yep, just like the way Duckula transports his castle to another location by simply entering his coffin, Duckyboos has moved to a new piece of webspace. This is because I'm no longer satisfied with the old host, and that certain visitors were unable to view the original site. I've also updated the FAQ with a few new questions, and I've been adding some old unfinished artworks I've made within the past year to the gallery.

We greatly apologise for any inconveniences caused by the move.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Another empty space filled

As the Duckyboos Blog celebrates its first birthday this week, another empty space is filled on the fansite - the products page. However I've yet to compile the pages within that! [groan], but I've complied a little guide about looking for and buying Count Duckula merchandise, like do's and don'ts and so forth.

I've also updated the About page slightly to suit current events about myself ^^;

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Duckyboos Blog's First Birthday

It's been a year now since I opened up this blog and made its first post, which as a reminder can be found here. Within then we've had visitors from over 40 countries, and over 3,000 hits since I started counting in November. I want to thank everyone who's visited for their great support for this fan project, in which I hope to better for years to come!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Count Duckula: The Complete Series 2

I bought my copy of said DVD today. It costed me £18 from HMV, which I wasn't too happy about paying, but I had no other choice since I currently can't order online without Paypal. It contains two discs that are compacted into one DVD case, as you'll see below.

This picture shows that the inside of the case lists all the episode titles, but unlike the first series boxset, it doesn't give a brief synopsis of each episode.

Heh, the first disk caught a reflection of my computer's desktop and my VHS collection.

Thankfully there aren't any horrificly drawn menu graphics within, but they're not too impressive to begin with apart from the moon effect. It plays the ending theme too, rather than the completely irrelevant cheesy music that was heard in the USA first season release. This also doesn't give each episode a synopsis, and they shouldn't really have a page that just says "Subtitles: On/Off".

Very unfortunately, there are NO special features on this DVD. It's a massive letdown, because they could have easily squeeze up to about half hours worth of things like interviews, especially when they managed to fit the last episode on the second disc.

However, I do think it's great that seven episodes that never seemed to have been released on an English VHS before are finally available - I love The Count and the Pauper so far. And most importantly we have all the episodes in there for us all to watch, no episodes missing or anything. I've also noticed that it is a Region 0 DVD, so anyone outside Region 2 countries might be able to get their copies after all!

Monday, March 26, 2007

It's finally here!

The clock just turned midnight here, and Count Duckula: The Complete Second Series, is now officially available on DVD!

Where to buy

You can either buy the DVD online at the following websites:

And perhaps eBay stores. I'm gonna look into that tomorrow.

If you prefer to buy it in a store, it's likely to be found in all good DVD retailers, especially HMV and Virgin Megastores [although they're usually just an inch slower at stocking new releases than Internet stores]. The DVD will averagely price at £11.99 online, although it might be a few quid dearer if bought in a store, usually at about £15.99. Also take note that this is a Region 2 DVD, so please check if you can run such DVDs if you happen to live outside the UK and Ireland.

I want my copy now! *pout*

Monday, March 05, 2007

Just a small update today *

Just to let everyone know, that I've finally got a new page up, that page being the Special Thanks & Credits page. Just something to show my gratitude to all of you guys who've shown their support for Duckyboos, all good sites have them.

My good buddy Kroc has also helped me fix some bugs that had mostly affected Internet Explorer 7 users, and clean away some scrap coding. It's all so mind-boggling for me, no wonder I made so many mistakes!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Remember Brits - 26th March

[Image blantently nicked from Amazon]

Looks like Amazon and Play finally have an image of the cover for the next Duckula season DVD set. I'm so getting this when it comes out, since it'll make a nice early birthday present for myself [hitting the big two-oh in April].

It doesn't look like there'll be any special features [well, I hope there is] according to both these sites, since this is only a 2-disc pack. Shouldn't really matter though, at least it's the complete second series, which has quite a number of episodes I haven't seen yet.

Thanks to Shychick for this info!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Downloads section cancelled *

Right, I've had a good long think about this, and I decided to call off the Downloads section, because I don't think there's much point having it right now, what with the gallery and everything. I'm also NOT hosting full episodes for download, because not only is it illegal, but also a tiring job for someone to upload each file on a not-so brilliant broadband connection. Well, either way it's definitely going off for now, we'll see how things get on after I actually fill in the missing gaps. So instead, I've given this space to a "character bios" page.

I've also uploaded a load of screenshots from "No Sax Please, We're Egyptian" and "Vampire Vacation" to the gallery, along with creating the History page. Check 'em out!.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

In Arctic Circles

The things I do for cartoons eh?

So yeah, this morning we woke up to a rather fine blanket of snow, which is gone now. To savour the moment, and to take some time offline while my mother was away, I decided to take my camera and take a few shots in the park. Sadly though, by the time I really wanted to take a shot of a bit of snow that had absolutely no footprints, the camera battery went flat.

Hoping to pass time getting a little battery energy back, I decided to build a Snow Duckula. Using just my frozen hands and my front door key, I tried to make it look as much like Duckula as I could, until I realised that my camera wasn't going to start working again. So I had to take the snow model home.

Obviously I had to go inside for a little while to warm up, because I couldn't feel anything afterwards. I then went back outside to take photos of the model when I realised that I forgot to take my key! I could climb over the back gate, but it seemed way too dangerous, so my only choice was to grab some bricks and step on them to open the gate and get back inside through the back.

Then I went back out again to take the shot above, with my key in hand this time. It's probably melted by now...

If it snows again I'm gonna try and make another, more accurate looking model.


I've just launched a nice new forum on the Duckyboos fansite, so we call all come in and talk about our favourite vegetarian vampire duck! Make sure to read the rules before posting! I'll be working on little things like more Duckula-ish emoticons and other little icon thingies as soon as I get my commissions done and dusted.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Meet the new Guestbook! *

OK, really sorry about the sudden shutdown of the old "guestbook". It was after I actually tested it and found that I couldn't delete comments [which is rather important to control abuse]. All is not lost though, for Duckyboos has a nice new one which can be found here. If there's still anything wrong with this or any other part of Duckyboos, please let me know.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Introducing the new gallery! *

I bet it's the bit you've all be waiting for, he he... Via Livejournal I bring you the Duckyboos Gallery, already packed with more than 200 pictures! More will be on the way soon once I get round to scanning and's hard work you know ;) I just thought it'd be much easier to have used Livejournal that's all. Hope you enjoy everything the gallery has to offer!

I also digged up and added a very old fansite into the Links page, for those who want to see it.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year! *

Well, it's the year 2007 now, at least in the UK as I speak. The contact page and the FAQ is now up, so get cracking in with the feedback and the questions! Duckyboos would really like to hear from you!