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Down Under Duckula is the eighth episode in the first series of Cosgrove Hall's 2D animated cartoon TV series "Count Duckula" that was broadcasted on ITV in the UK on 25th October 1988.

Summary[]

In a failed attempt to fly the castle to Austria, Duckula, Igor and Nanny end up in Australia instead. The castle lands in the wallaby patch of farmer, Bill Platypus. And the wallabies raid Duckula’s kitchen. In an attempt to make up for landing in his property, Duckula offers the clock to Mr. Platypus after he expresses admiration for it and says his uncle Rodney the horologist would “give his eye teeth for a clock like that.” Igor tries to protest but Duckula shushes him. Once Mr. Platypus has driven away with the clock in his Jeep Igor is finally allowed to speak. He explains that the clock is “an essential part of the castle’s flying mechanism” and that without it they shall be unable to return to Transylvania. Duckula, Igor, and Nanny set out to rent a car to follow Mr. Platypus but hear his distress call through the radio in a nearby airplane and steal the plane to rescue him.

Mr. Platypus has run out of gas and is stranded in the bush, forced to listen to Dimitri and Sviatoslav tell a series of increasingly terrible jokes about Australia.

Hey Dimitri, what do you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaro? I don’t know Sviatoslav, what do you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? You get a wooly jumper

Hey Dimitri, what is small, gray and has a trunk? A little elephant? No a koala bear going on holiday

Knock knock Who’s there? Walt. Walt, who? Walt-zing Matilda, waltzing Matilda

Duckula (despite never having flown a plane before, and a weak grasp on the history of aviation) manages to get himself, Nanny and Igor out to Mr. Platypus’s location to rescue him and ask for the clock back. Only before he can finish asking for the clock, Mr. Platypus begs Duckula to take it back.

They return to Transylvania only to discover all the wallabies are still in the kitchen eating of Duckuka’s beloved food. The episode finished in typical Duckula fashion with him screaming and the narrator giving a rendition of “Home on the Range” with creepy lyrics about hell monsters and vile slimy things slithering all day.

Background Music Pieces[]

Credits[]

  • Voices by David Jason, Jack May, Brian Trueman and Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Written by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Music by Mike Harding.
  • Vocals by Doreen Edwards and Mike Harding.
  • Storyboard by Vincent James.
  • Layout by by José María Zumel, Ricardo Machuca, Miguel Angel Aisa,
    Manolo Almela, Juan Antonio Serrano and Miguel Angel Fuertes.
  • Designed by Chris Randall, Dan Whitworth, Margaret Riley,
    Paul Salmon, Vincent James and Edmund Williams.
  • Animation by Mariano Rueda, Ignacio Amero, Emilio Luján, Valentín Caín, Julian Tarrago, Edward Sasu,
    Pedro Molina, Vicente Rodriguez, Amaro Carretero, Juan Antonio Rojo, Luis L. Varela, Bujor Estefanescu,
    Ezequiel Martín, Chris Doyle, Francisco Tena, Alberto Conejo, Angel Jariego, Julio Diez, Pedro Mohedano,
    Roberto Marcano, Ventura Rodriguez, Javier Gutierrez, Russell Brookes, Manuel Galiana, Fernando Jariego,
    Ramon Sanchez, Juan Antonio Serrano, Marivi Rodriguez, Rob Stevenhajen, Valentín Doménech,
    Carmen Chenza, Paca Moreno, Manuel Doctor and Miguel Angel Fuertez.
  • Backgrounds by Igashi Taruma, Felix Cascajo, Milagros Banares and Miguel Angel.
  • Backgrounds Supervised by Carlos Alfonso.
  • Painting by María Del Mar Fernández, María Fernández, Margarita Pina,
    Teresa Diego, María José Álvarez, Loli Torres, Paco Villanueva, Angeles Sanz,
    Julia Garcia, Delia Hernandez, Lourdes Santos, Susana Díez and Angeles Vacas.
  • Painting Supervisor: Paloma Anton.
  • Xerox by Jose Luis Aisa and Andres Palacios.
  • Camera by Santiago Gomez and Victorio Gonzalez.
  • Special Effects by Carlos Alfonso.
  • Animation Line Test by Eva Moreno.
  • Production Controller: Bob Burrows.
  • Edited by Patrick Haggerty.
  • Assistant Editor: Leo Casserly.
  • Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner.
  • Animation Directors: Carlos Alfonso and Juan R. Pina
  • Associate Producer: Chris Randall.
  • Executive Producer: John Hambley.
  • Produced by Mark Hall and Brian Cosgrove.
  • Directed by Chris Randall.
  • © Cosgrove Hall Productions 1987.

Copyright Gag[]

Despite this episode being broadcasted in 1988, the roman numerals in the copyright credit reads 'MCMLXXXVII' as it is dated in 1987.

Trivia[]

  • Recording date: November 22, 1987.
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