Mina and the Count
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|Mina and the Count|
|Created by||Rob Renzetti|
|Voices of||Ashley Johnson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer(s)||Fred Seibert|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Varsity Pictures
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television
|Original channel||Cartoon Network
|Picture format||NTSC 4:3 (480i)|
|Original release||November 5, 1995 – 1999|
|Related shows||My Life as a Teenage Robot|
Mina and the Count is an animated television series created by Rob Renzetti, which was never brought into development as a full-fledged series. Instead, animated shorts of this series aired on the two animation anthology showcases, Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon! and Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Despite much demand by fans to get it shown as an official series, Frederator Studios president Fred Seibert confirmed there is currently no development of the show as a whole whatsoever.
The original Mina and the Count pilot short, "Interlude with a Vampire," premiered on The What-a-Cartoon! Show on Cartoon Network in November 5, 1995, making it the only short to be featured on both creator-guided short projects guided by Fred Seibert. The short was about a seven-year-old girl named Mina Harper (a play on Dracula character Mina Harker) and her encounters with a vampire during a night that she is sleeping (the count had accidentally found her when he was looking for "Nina Parker," another reference to the Dracula character). The aforementioned further episodes concerned the vampire, known simply as Vlad the Count, his friend Mina, her older sister Lucy, school bully Nick, Mina's father Mr. Harper, a handful of monsters and Vlad the Count's mean servant Igor. Everything seems to occur in a little town in North America where Mina's school and house is, including the Count's castle.
Voice actors and their characters
- Tara Strong (originally Ashley Johnson) - Mina Harper: A 7-year-old human girl with thick long red hair in a ponytail and red clothes. She likes to go to school and to play with her toys, and she doesn't get along with her sister Lucy. She meets the Count one night and they become best friends. At school, Nick is the school bully and picks on her. The squeamish Martha is probably her only human friend. Mina knows how to cook, but unfortunately for the Count, doesn't know that vampires find garlic hazardous. Mina's mother is also inexplicably never seen or mentioned in any of the episodes.
- Jeff Bennett - Igor: Count's Quasimodo-like servant who wears sandals and green clothes and always has a maniacal laugh. He loathes Mina because she turned his master into a loving man, though he still tries to do what is best for his master. He hates kisses, hugs, love and everything near to it. In his free time, he likes to watch television.
- Mark Hamill - Vlad the Count: A 700-year-old immortal vampire with light blue skin and a blue cape and a black suit. In his past, he probably made a living drinking young women's blood. Thanks to Mina Harper, he represses his evil tendencies. He has many powers, including the abilities to transform into a bat or mist, use telekinesis, and to hypnotize people and animals to do his bidding. He finds comics and toys amusing (again, thanks to Mina Harper) and is very intelligent. He believes that "mortal food" is disgusting.
- Michael Bell - Mr. Harper, Mina's father: He doesn't know that Count is a vampire. He initially believes he is a life-size doll with odd body odor. Later, he believes the Count is Mina's violin teacher and has him over for dinner. He is polite, but bemused by the Count's behavior and dismisses him as a "crazy European."
- Interlude with a Vampire
- The Ghoul's Tribunal
- The Vampire Who Came to Dinner
- Playing a Hunch
- My Best Friend