Drak Pack: Complete Series
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I hadn't seen this sweet little cartoon in ions, but the minute I saw a photo of the main characters, I knew I had to see if the show was on YouTube.com to verify that it was indeed the same show I remembered watching as a child.
And sure enough, it was!
So, being the Halloween film fanatic that I am... I ordered it!
It's an 80s cartoon about three teenage boys who team up to rid the world of evil doers and monsters. And since they are descendants of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and a werewolf, they have the ability to transform into their ancestral counterparts; thus giving them a secret identity.
The teens live in a somewhat haunted mansion by day, and a bat lair with high tech gadgets by night, or anytime they need to call upon their superpowers. One of the boys is known as Drak; Drak can change into a vampire, a bat, or a patch of fog. The biggest boy is Frankie; and he can use brute force thanks to his strength. The smallest boy is Howler; Howler can use his lungs and breath to create strong winds.
They also even have a multi-functioning car named Drakster. The Drakster can help them travel by land, by air, or by sea... all with the turn of a dial.
In some ways the cartoon reminds me of Scooby Doo meets the Monster Squad. It's a simple, entertaining cartoon for kids of all ages. And there's absolutely nothing scary about it. It's just pure fun.
I was around 5 in 1980, yet this Saturday morning show is something I have never forgotten. It was a HUGE influence on me, and Howie the werewolf was my personal role-model, even if Drak Jr. was the leader of the Drak Pack. It's been since I was a small child that I've seen any of this show, which was such an influence that my own comic has a werewolf in the lead role, and I was both excited and nervous when I finally got hold of this complete series DVD release. All 16 episodes are her on this three-disc set. The front cover art makes you wonder if it is a legitimate release, yet the disc art and back definitely put your mind at ease. I haven't seen such lovely disc labels in some time. Of course, the main concern here is the show itself, and I'm happy to say that, while at first it appears to be a far too simple, small-kid aimed program, the more you watch it and the closer you pay attention to it, the more you enjoy it. It's actually really witty and all its silliness is intentional. This is really a great show that, as it turns out, holds up pretty well. The characters are funny and fun, as are their designs, and the plots are the goofiest ever, but that just makes them so much funnier. Add to that the great Hans Conried as the voice of Dr. Dred! What more could you ask for?Read more ›
Mix Scooby Doo and The Groovie Goolies and, well, you'd probably still come up with something a bit more fun and engaging than The Drak Pack. Still, it's good clean fun, especially for monster fans. As is typical of HB animated releases, the video and audio presentation are more than adequate, if unremarkable. There are no special features in the 3-disc set.
Recommended mostly for nostalgia purposes; I imagine modern kids will find the humor and action rather bland.
I am unsure what other Saturday Morning cartoons it was up against originally, but I think I watched a cartoon on a different channel instead of this one. (Back in the days before On-Demand, DVRs and wide usage of VCRs for taping shows so you were limited to watching shows on only one channel at a time.) It is not totally unfamiliar, but I don't remember it as vividly as the Super Friends or Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.
The show pits 3 Henshin Heroes(need to transform to have powers), who are inspired by the classic Universal Monsters of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolfman, against more classic monsters.
The leader of the villains is Dr. Dread who is a cross between Vincent Price, Dick Dastardly and Liberace. Helping Dr. Dread is the Mummyman, a mummy larger than Frankie, Toad, a cross between Igor and the X-Men's Toad with a Peter Lorre voice, Fly, a small goggle-wear version of the character from the Vincent Price movie, and Vampira.
Dr. Dread and his team come up with completely ridiculous plots to take over the world or whatever, that the Drak Pack must foil. All of the characters take everything more or less seriously, but the storylines get a bit silly.
The similarly themed Monster Force from Universal approx. 15 years later is a more serious take on the subject, though that series only got a 7 episode DVD, instead of the complete 13.
The DVD release is pretty basic. The DVD has 2 menus. The First is a Play All or Episode List, the second is the episode list. The packaging does not contain an episode list.
"The Grimmest Book of Records" December 6, 1980
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This brings back some great memories, I loved classic horror films when I was a kid, and I love cartoons that had monsters in it, and this is perfect. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Elijah Gomez
Loved this series when I was a kid and it still holds up. The good guys are the monsters as the son of Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein battle the nefarious Dr Dredd his henchman... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T
I loved this cartoon when I was a kid. It's still as corny and fun as I remember.Published 6 months ago by Paula