DRAK PACK (1980 – 1982) Animated TV series

  

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Drak Pack is an animated sixteen episode television series produced by Hanna-Barbera’s Australian subsidiary.

The series aired in the United States on CBS Saturday Morning between September 6, 1980 and September 12, 1982.

Drak (voiced by Jerry Dexter), Frankie and Howler (both voiced by William Callaway) are descendants of Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, and a werewolf. To atone for their ancestors’ wrongdoings, the three, united as the Drak Pack, became superheroes.

They appear initially as normal humans, but whenever trouble arises, they strike their right hands together and shout, “Whack ’em!” (This is called the Drak Whack.) They then transform into a vampire, a monster and a werewolf, respectively. Drak’s powers include flight, telekinesis, and the ability to change shape. Unlike most cartoon vampires, Drak may assume a variety of forms, although he favours a bat. Frankie has superhuman strength and can release electrical charges. Howler has an ultrasonic howl and super-breath. Their principal mode of transport is an amphibious flying car which they called “The Drakster.”

Their principal opponent is Doctor Dred, a blue-skinned evil genius, voiced by Hans Conried. Dred’s henchmen, collectively known as OGRE (“The Organization for Generally Rotten Enterprises [or Endeavours]”), include Toad, Fly, the massive mumbling Mummyman and Vampira. The sycophantic little Toad, voiced by Don Messick, is Doctor Dred’s right hand, but very often, he unwittingly assists the Drak Pack. Fly, a humanoid fly, also voiced by Messick, buzzes and flies and walks on ceilings. Mummyman, a reanimated mummy, has super-strength and can stretch his wrappings indefinitely, often using them to tie up the Drak Pack. His voice was provided by Chuck McCann. Vampira is a female vampire, with shape-shifting powers similar to Drak’s and is voiced by Julie McWhirter. She has something of an unrequited crush on Drak.

OGRE’s headquarters are on an artificial island called “Dredquarters,” but occasionally called “The Drednought” and “OGRE Island.” They travel in an airship that Doctor Dred calls “The Dredgible.”

When the Drak Pack needs counsel, it turns to Drak’s great-uncle, Count Dracula himself, whom they refer to as “Big D.”

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