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Little Dracula is a British series of children's books and an American animated television series that originally aired on FOX. Little Dracula revolves around a green-skinned, child vampire who aspires to be like his father, Big Dracula, yet also enjoys rock 'n roll and surfing. Little Dracula also has a monstrous friend named Werebunny, and his Transylvanian family of strange characters is often threatened by the villainous Garlic Man.

Book series

The Little Dracula book series, originally published by Walker Books and later reissued in the US through Candlewick Press, debuted in 1986. It was penned by award-winning writer Martin Waddell and illustrated by Joseph Wright; although, a joke book was written by Alan Durant with illustration by Paul Tempest. The paperback stories, recommended for ages 4-8, rely heavily on Wright's gory yet humorous illustrations. They detail Little Dracula's spooky lifestyle which includes bowling with skulls and drinking a glass of blood before sleeping in his miniature coffin. Other morbid scenes include Mrs. Dracula emptying the brain from a decapitated head into a frying pan for breakfast and children playing tennis with rackets strung with cat guts. Dubbed "too silly to be truly spooky," the series received praise by Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal particularly for its meticulous illustrations which were also regarded as "not for the squeamish."[1]

While the majority of Little Dracula books were released during the 1980s and early 1990s, some were reissued in the US as recently October 2001.[2] This may have been to capitalize on the brief revitalization of the animated series the prior year.

Title Date ISBN #
Little Dracula's First Bite October 7, 1986 ISBN 0-140-50657-8
Little Dracula's Christmas November 4, 1986 ISBN 0-140-50658-6
Little Dracula at the Seaside July 30, 1987 ISBN 0-744-50531-3
Little Dracula at the Seashore (Reissue) March 2, 1992 ISBN 1-564-02026-6
Little Dracula Goes to School March 2, 1992 ISBN 1-564-02027-4
Little Dracula's Fiendishly Funny Joke Book May 28, 1992 ISBN 0-744-52393-1
Little Dracula's Fangtastic Fun Book May 28, 1992 ISBN 0-744-52189-0
Little Dracula's Monstrous Poster May 28, 1992 ISBN 0-744-52392-3
Little Dracula's Other Monstrous Poster May 28, 1992 ISBN 0-744-52395-8
Little Dracula's Joke Book (Reissue) July 3, 2000 ISBN 0-744-57777-2
Little Dracula's First Christmas (Reissue) October 8, 2001 ISBN 0-744-57843-4


Animated series

The Little Dracula animated series was directed by Joe Pearson with original music by Stephen C. Marston under Walker Hahn Productions. It debuted on Fox Kids on September 3, 1991 and, despite the program's brief run, features the voices of several veteran comedians and actors. With a total of eight episodes, the first season ended on Halloween before its timeslot was given to Beetlejuice. It was during this initial run that the Little Dracula franchise made its way to a handful of merchandising deals.

In 1999, Fox Family resurrected Little Dracula for a second season; however, only four of the seven episodes actually aired.[3] Some Little Dracula books were also republished following this brief revival.

Cast

Episodes

Season 1 (Fox Kids, 1991)

No. Title Original airdate Prod.
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1 "The Curse of the Ghastly Minimum Wage" September 3, 1991 103
2 "Little D's First Bite (aka Ghoul Days)" September 4, 1991 102
3 "Little D's Surprise" September 5, 1991 101
4 "Bite Before Christmas" September 6, 1991 105
5 "Little D Goes Hawaiian" September 7, 1991 106
6 "Little D's Halloween" October 31, 1991 104

Season 2 (Fox Family, 1999)

No. Title Original airdate Prod.
code
7 "Bat Boys" N/A 201
8 "Easy Biters" N/A 202
9 "Deadwood's Complaint" N/A 203
10 "The Chamber of Unspeakable Terror" N/A 204
11 "The Bite at the Ghoul School Corral" Unaired 205
12 "Midnight Madness" Unaired 206
13 "Deadly Screentest" Unaired 207

Home video releases

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Numerous episodes of Little Dracula came to VHS throughout 1993 and '94. Available through Abbey Home Media, they appear to have been made available in PAL format only.
Title Date Format Description
The Biggest Ever Saturday Morning Heroes October 4, 1993 PAL VHS Three hours of James Bond Jr., T-Rex, Little Dracula, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Super Mario Bros., Captain N, and The Transformers. 191 minutes.
Little Dracula's Fangtastic Video October 4, 1993 PAL VHS Includes "Bat Boys" and "Easy Biters." 66 minutes.
Little Dracula's Video Full of Frightful Surprises December 29, 1993 PAL VHS Includes "Little D's Surprise," "Deadwood's Complaint," and "The Chamber of Unspeakable Terrors." 65 minutes.
Little Dracula's Video: With a Bite December 28, 1994 PAL VHS The adventures of Little Dracula. 66 minutes.

Action figures and other merchandise

The year Little Dracula debuted on Fox Kids, an action figure collection based on the characters hit store shelves. Produced by Bandai, the line includes Little Dracula, Drac Attack Little Dracula, Igor, Maggot, Werebunny, Garlic Man, Twin Beaks, The Man With No Eyes, and Deadwood. They each feature multiple points of articulation, several meticulous accessories, and a unique action feature (Igor's brain pops up when his arm is lifted). Vehicles of Little Dracula include the Coffin Car, Dracster, Easy-biter Motorcycle, and Garlicmobile.

Other merchandise includes costume and roleplaying sets such as Little Dracula's Vampire Kit and Little Dracula's Scepter & Amulet. Starting January 1992, Harvey Comics also published a 3-part Little Dracula comic book mini-series.

References

  1. Amazon.com: Little Dracula at the Seashore Amazon.com. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  2. Amazon.com - Little Dracula's First Christmas Amazon.com (October 8, 2001). Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  3. Fergus, George Little Dracula - A Titles & Air Dates Guide EpGuides.com (August 30, 2006). Retrieved February 4, 2008.

External links

Little Dracula World

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