Count Dracula is one of the most celebrated characters in all of media. Think about it: you can introduce Dracula into any situation without any backstory. Hell, you don't even need to use the name Dracula. Just a pale guy with a widow's peak, in a cape, and a generic Eastern European accent, and you've got Dracula.
Dracula is no longer relegated to horror movies. He pops up in cartoons and comedies with surprising frequency. In honor of Dracula Day (which celebrates the day of the first printing of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel), I have culled together some of my favorite silly Dracula appearances in TV and film.
A favorite of mine as a child, Count Duckula was a British cartoon that was a spinoff of Danger Mouse. Duckula can be resurrected with a spell, but when this Duckula is brought to life, human blood is replaced in the ceremony with ketchup. The current Duckula is a vegetarian, and since he no longer needs to hunt for victims, he can pursue his true passion: fame and fortune.
Robot Chicken - “Tubba-Bubba’s Now Hubba-Hubba”
Adult Swim's stop-motion love letter to the nostalgia of childhood includes a segment that imagines Dracula as Jack Bauer in 24. He sleeps through most of the day, but really springs to life in the 8pm hour.
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
Mel Brooks, the king of satire, directed Leslie Nielsen as Dracula in this 1995 spoof. Following the general format of Tod Browning's Dracula, the Count travels to London, makes Lucy a vampire, and sets about seducing Mina. The film also spoofs the Hammer Dracula films, as well as Bram Stoker's Dracula, which came out just a few years prior.
Gilligan’s Island - “Up at Bat”
Dracula is so universal, even Gilligan's Island got in on the gag. (Then again, they also managed to introduce the Harlem Globetrotters onto the uncharted island.) When Gilligan is bitten by a bat, he dreams he turns into Dracula.
Attack of the Show - Dracula reviews Twilight
On the video game and pop-culture talk show, Attack of the Show, a stereotypical Dracula hosts his own segment, "Movies That Suck." Unsurprisingly, he takes issue with Twilight, though his criticism of the movie mostly revolves around how sparkly vampires aren't real vampires.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Adam Sandler plays a friendly Dracula in this animated feature that spawned a sequel. Dracula runs Hotel Transylvania, a hotel specifically designed as a safe getaway for monsters, including werewolves, Frankenstein's monster, mummies, and more. As his daughter's 118th birthday approaches, Drac prepares a huge party for her, but things get out of hand when a human sneaks into the hotel.
After nearly three decades on the air, there is little ground The Simpsons hasn't covered. Dracula pops up throughout the series. In "Treehouse of Horror IV," there is a direct spoof of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) called "Bart Simpson's Dracula." Mr. Burns plays Dracula. Throughout the series, Dracula appears as a member of the Republican Party (along with other wealthy Springfieldians such as Mr. Burns, Rainier Wolfcastle, Krusty the Klown, and Dr. Hibbert). They hold their meetings in what is presumed to be Dracula's castle.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
This bizarre, often plot-less animated series on Adult Swim has a soap opera that the Aqua Teens watch on occasion: "Assisted Living Dracula." Dracula is a zillion years old, so it only makes sense that eventually, he would be relegated to a nursing home.
Animaniacs - “Draculee, Draculaa”
This brilliant kids cartoon series from the 1990s revolved around a trio of self-aware kids, the Warner Brothers (and Warner Sister), Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. In "Draculee, Draculaa," the Warner siblings, in an ode to Bugs Bunny, travel via burrow hole to Pennsylvania. A "wrong turn at Kennebunkport" leads them to Transylvania, where they spend the night with Count Dracula in his castle. Dracula obviously doesn't know the Animaniacs very well, so his attempts to suck their blood fail miserably. As the vampire puns and references to Batman and Sheena Easton pile up, Dracula realizes he has met his match.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
In this comedy starring Kristen Bell and Russell Brand, Jason Segal plays Peter, a songwriter who is devastated over his breakup with long-time girlfriend (you guessed it) Sarah Marshall. He goes on vacation, sees her there, finds new love, blah blah blah. The part we care about is the realization of Peter’s dream: to write and score a musical Dracula tale with puppets.