Count Blood Count

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Count Blood Count
Looney Tunes character
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Count Blood Count with Bugs Bunny in Transylvania 6-5000.
First appearance Transylvania 6-5000
Voiced by Ben Frommer (1963)
Frank Welker (1990)
Corey Burton (1995)
Joe Alaskey (2000)
Jeff Bennett (2003–2005)
Matt Craig (2018–present)
Information
Species Vampire
Gender Male

Count Blood Count is a vampire from the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes animated shorts. His appearance recalls that of Lon Chaney, Sr.'s vampire character The Man in the Beaver Hat from London After Midnight, the first Hollywood-produced vampire film.[1]

History[edit]

Count Blood Count's debut appearance was in the 1963 film Transylvania 6-5000, in which he lures Bugs Bunny into his castle but is repeatedly foiled with magic. Portions of that cartoon were used in the compilation film Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special, but the story was altered to fit the overarching plot of the film: there, the Count is actually the form Witch Hazel takes on after accidentally drinking a Hyde potion; the Count's lines are thus re-dubbed by June Foray, and the references to him being a vampire are cut.

Later appearances[edit]

Count Blood Count would reappear many years later in various Looney Tunes-related media. He appeared in the "Fang You Very Much" segment of the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Stuff That Goes Bump In The Night" voiced by Frank Welker. He attempts (with hilariously painful results) to suck the blood of series regular Elmyra Duff only for any light to turn the Count into a bat.

Count Blood Count appeared in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episode "Fangs for the Memories" voiced by Corey Burton. Granny, Sylvester, and Tweety end up taking shelter in his house during a thunderstorm.

Count Blood Count was used as the final boss in the video game Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters, and voiced by Joe Alaskey.

Count Blood Count was also used as an enemy in Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle 4.

Count Blood Count recently appeared as Count Muerte in an episode of Duck Dodgers titled "I'm Gonna Get You, Fat Sucka" (voiced by Jeff Bennett). In the episode, his appearance was based on that of Count Orlok (the vampire from the silent film Nosferatu). Count Muerte aimed to suck the fat of the Eager Young Space Cadet, in the end Eager Young Space Cadet manages to defeat him by getting him to eat a pound of garlic shaped like himself causing him to gag and disintegrate. He later appeared in "Till Doom Do Us Part" as one of the members of The Legion of Duck Doom. Count Muerte commented during the first meeting that he doesn't remember anything since turning to dust (a reference to how he was killed).

Count Blood Count appears in New Looney Tunes voiced by Matt Craig.

The Count's voice was sampled for the Gorillaz track "Dracula", which features the lines "Rest is good for the blood!" and "I am a Vampire!".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benshoff, Harry A. (2014). A Companion to the Horror Film.