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Promotional art for The Drak Pack, from left to right: Toad, Dr. Dred, Vampira, Frankie, Drak Jr., Howler and "Big D" aka Dracula.
|Written by||Doug Booth
|Directed by||Chris Cuddington|
|Voices of||William Callaway
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||Joseph Barbera
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions
(Warner Bros. Television)
|Original run||September 6, 1980– September 12, 1982|
Drak Pack is an animated television series. It aired in the United States on CBS Saturday Morning between September 6, 1980 and September 12, 1982. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera's Australian subsidiary, listed in the credits as "Hanna-Barbera Pty. Ltd". A total of 16 episodes were made.
The series centers around three young men: Drak (called Drak Jr. in the opening segment, but almost never in the series; voiced by Jerry Dexter), Frankie and Howler (both voiced by William Callaway), 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 Frankenstein 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 favors a bat. Frankie has superhuman strength and can release electrical charges. Howler has an ultrasonic howl and super-breath. In human form, they call each other by the same names.
Their principal opponent is Dr. 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 (a "toady"), voiced by Don Messick, is Dr. 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 Dr. 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." Alan Oppenheimer voices Dracula.
Visual Entertainment released Drak Pack: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only) on February 5, 2008. On September 6, 2011, VEI (distributed by Millennium Entertainment) will release the complete series on DVD in the US.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Region 1 (CAN)||Region 1 (US)|
|Drak Pack: The Complete Series||16||February 5, 2008||September 6, 2011|
- "The Drak Pack DVD news: Release Date Change for Drak Pack - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "The Drak Pack DVD news: Announcement for The Drak Pack - The Complete Series (USA)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19.