Drak Pack

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Drak Pack
DrakPack.jpg
Promotional art for The Drak Pack, from left to right: Toad, Dr. Dred, Vampira, Frankie, Drak Jr., Howler and "Big D" aka Dracula.
Genre Adventure
Written by
Directed by Chris Cuddington
Voices of
Narrated by John Stephenson (opening narration)
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Doug Paterson
  • Art Scott
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Endemol[1]
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 6 (1980-09-06) – December 20, 1980 (1980-12-20)

Drak Pack is an animated television series. It aired in the United States on CBS Saturday Morning between September 6, 1980, and December 20, 1980. 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.

Premise[edit]

The series centers on three young men: Drak, Frankie and Howler, descendants of Count 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.

Their principal mode of transport is an amphibious flying car which they called "The Drakster".

The Drak Pack's principal opponent is Dr. Dred, a blue-skinned evil genius. His evil organization OGRE ("The Organization for Generally Rotten Enterprises or Endeavours") includes Toad, Fly, Mummyman, and Vampira.

When the Drak Pack needs counsel, they to Drak's great-great-uncle Count Dracula himself.

Characters[edit]

  • Drak (voiced by Jerry Dexter) - The great-great-nephew of Count Dracula and leader of the Drak Pack. Drak's powers include flight, telekinesis, changing shape, and walking on walls. Unlike most cartoon vampires, Drak may assume a variety of forms, although he favors a bat.
  • Frankie (voiced by William Callaway) - The descendant of Frankenstein's Monster. Frankie has superhuman strength and can release electrical charges.
  • Howler (voiced by William Callaway) - The descendant of the Wolfman. Howler has an ultrasonic howl and super-breath.
  • Count Dracula (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer) - Drak's great-great-great-uncle who the Drak Pack turn to when they are need his counseling. The Drak Pack refers to him as "Big D." He is the President of the Transylvania Retired Spooks, Spectres, and Spirits Society.
  • OGRE - Short for "The Organization for Generally Rotten Enterprises or Endeavours", OGRE is the principal antagonists of the series. OGRE's headquarters is an artificial island called "Dredquarters", but occasionally called "The Drednought" and "OGRE Island". They travel in an airship that Dr. Dred calls "The Dredgible".
    • Dr. Dred (voiced by Hans Conried) - A blue-skinned evil genius and leader of OGRE.
    • Toad (voiced by Don Messick) - Toad is Dr. Dred's toad-like right-hand minion and member of OGRE. Very often, he unwittingly assists the Drak Pack.
    • Fly (voiced by Don Messick) - A humanoid fly and member of OGRE who buzzes, flies, and walks on ceilings.
    • Mummyman (voiced by Chuck McCann) - A large mumbling mummy and member of OGRE. He has super-strength and can stretch his wrappings indefinitely, often using them to tie up the Drak Pack.
    • Vampira (voiced by Julie McWhirter) - Vampira is a female vampire with shape-shifting powers similar to Drak's. She has something of an unrequited crush on Drak.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Color Me Dredful" September 6, 1980 (1980-09-06)
Dr. Dred is feeling like a failure because the Drak Pack has defeated him so often, so he builds a color collector that steals the color from anything the ray hits. His first victims are the Drak Pack.
2 "Mind Your Manners, Dr. Dred" September 13, 1980 (1980-09-13)
Dr. Dred plots to steal the golden artifacts of the Egyptian King Tut-Tut and put the blame on the Drak Pack.
3 "Happy Birthday, Dr. Dred" September 20, 1980 (1980-09-20)
It's Dr. Dred's birthday and he's upset. It seems that the "birthday cake" that Toad baked was a bit too small: a cupcake! Dr. Dred is determined to celebrate his day in high style, letting everyone know that it's his birthday.
4 "Dreadful Weather We're Having" September 27, 1980 (1980-09-27)
Drak, Frankie, and Howler are on vacation, but Dr. Dred follows them. Dred uses a weather machine — a little gold teapot with a lighting bolt on the side (the "tempest in a teapot") hooked up to a computer to amplify its power: to create a snowstorm in summer.
5 "The Perilous Plunder of Pirate Park" October 4, 1980 (1980-10-04)
There is a new park in town called Pirate Park. Dr. Dred and OGRE are there to steal the lost treasure.
6 "Night of the Terbites" October 11, 1980 (1980-10-11)
Dr. Dred has a new invention called The Terbites. They are little pink eggs with little legs and feet, and big teeth and appetites. Upon command, the Terbites will eat anything. Meanwhile, Drak, Frankie, and Howler are going to a monster disco party.
7 "Time Out for Dr. Dred" October 18, 1980 (1980-10-18)
Dr. Dred creates a Time Stopper which he tests out on an ocean liner. Mummyman and Fly rob the passengers. They must finish quickly because the ray's effects only last for five minutes.
8 "Hideout Hotel" October 25, 1980 (1980-10-25)
This adventure begins with a beach scene in Florida. Suddenly, a sea monster appears and scares everyone off. The monster is Vampira in disguise as OGRE takes over a local hotel where Dr. Dred has invited every criminal in hopes of joining forces with them. Meanwhile, it's winter in the Drak Pack's city and Big D is in Florida for the Transylvania Retired Spooks, Spectres, and Spirits Society's convention that would serve as a reunion for the Class of 1702 at the hotel.
9 "Dred Goes Hollywood" November 1, 1980 (1980-11-01)
The boys arrive at the movies for a big sneak preview of a new film. Dr. Dred comes on the screen, roaring like the MGM lion. The movie is of the Drak Pack, who have never made movies, doing mean things that the boys never did.
10 "Dred's Photo Finish" November 8, 1980 (1980-11-08)
Dred calls a meeting of OGRE to show them a new invention called the Photo Grabber which turns anything it photographs into photocopies.
11 "Dr. Dred Is a Shrinker" November 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)
Dr. Dred creates a shrink ray. He uses it to shrink a train and sneaks into Fork Knox with it.
12 "A Dire Day at Dredfulland" November 22, 1980 (1980-11-22)
Dr. Dred builds an amusement park. All of the rides are rather disturbing, and all of the souvenirs are geared not to last so that people will have to keep buying them.
13 "Package Deal" November 29, 1980 (1980-11-29)
Big D sends the Drak Pack on a mission to Transylvania for a mysterious package that he has buried near his castle.
14 "The Grimmest Book of Records" December 6, 1980 (1980-12-06)
15 "International Graffiti" December 13, 1980 (1980-12-13)
16 "It's In the Bag, Dr. Dred" December 20, 1980 (1980-12-20)
Dr. Dred plans to find the lost city of Burbankium where everything is made out of silver and currently under a desert. Toad unknowingly activates the powerful vacuum cleaner that Dr. Dred invented while cleaning his laboratory. When OGRE begins it's plot, they find the Drak Pack testing their new Sand Buggy as Professor Diggs works to find Burbankium.

Home releases[edit]

Visual Entertainment released Drak Pack: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only) on February 5, 2008.[2] On September 6, 2011, VEI (distributed by Millennium Entertainment) released the complete series on DVD in the US.[3]

DVD Name Ep # Region 1 (CAN) Region 1 (US)
Drak Pack: The Complete Series 16 February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05) September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)

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