Western Animation / Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop

Created by Tony Barnes and airing in the UK, Spain and France (where it was known as Dr Globule) from 1994 to 1998, this revolved around an undead Mad Scientist living in Transylvania called Dr Zitbag, who, after getting fired from a pet shop for low sales, opened up his own in a Haunted Castle, where he is aided by skeletal talking dog Horrifido. The series followed him as he concocted money-making schemes, tried to avoid the long arm of malicious policeman Officer Deadbeat and attempted to impress the attractive vampiric Exorsisters.


Dr Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop contains examples of:

  • Catch-Phrase: "Great Galloping Globules!"
    • "Trap door, Horrifido!" "I thought you'd never ask!"
  • Cat Fight: The Exorsisters engage in a couple with each other in "Horrorlection Fever".
  • Christmas Episode: 'Happy Mishmash'
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: British comic The Buster adapted the series.
  • Decided by One Vote: In "Horrorlection Fever" Zitbag loses to the current mayor by just one because he voted for him out of arrogance.
  • Dem Bones: Horrifido, and a few other skeletons in Transylvania
  • Demonic Possession: Parodied in "Terror in Transylvania" when Zitbag is possessed by Jessus and forced to do good deeds around town.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Dirty Cop: Officer Deadbeat is definitely not a nice law enforcer.
  • Drunk on Milk: In "Bride of Horrifido" Zitbag and Horrifido get drunk on lemonade and Horrifido is shown waking up with a hangover.
  • Dub Name Change: In the French version, Sidney Zitbag is Sidoney Globule, Officer Deadbeat is Brigadier Sanglote, Sinista is Sinistra and Professor Vermin is Professor Vermine. Horrifido, Zombunny and Bimbella's names are the same as in English.
  • Empty Shell: Zombunny
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Again, Zombunny.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Zitbag has an assisstant called 'Frankenoctopus', an octopus crossed with Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Expository Theme Tune: More like an Advertising Theme Tune really.
  • Fake-Out Opening: "Double Trouble" starts with Zitbag about to marry the Exorsisters when the minister makes him choose one of them, at which point he wakes up from his daydream.
  • Fan Disservice: In "From Transylvania with Love", Zitbag performing a striptease to seduce Natasha (which works).
  • Flashback: Zitbag has a flashback machine.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One episode is called "Bluebald".
    • In "Terror in Transylvania" Sinista shows some blink-and-you'll-miss-it side boob as she and Bimbella disrobe before taking a bath.
    • The Exorsisters' cousins from "Cranksgiving Chaos" are named Slagella and Tartella.
    • In "Happy Mishmash" the Exorsisters are shown sleeping naked.
  • Halloween Town / Überwald: Transylvania is portrayed as this.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": "Double Trouble" reveals Sinista and Bimbella's last name is actually Exorsister.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of "Time is Big Money" Zitbag successfully frames Professor Vermin for stealing the money, but is then suddenly arrested by time police for his messing with time throughout the episode.
  • Humiliation Conga: Zitbag usually faces one in the end of each episode.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Horrifido and surprisingly, Zombunny.
  • Jerkass: Zitbag can be one. For example, he offered customers a half-price voucher after doubling the prices first.
  • Large Ham: Zitbag, definitely.
  • Losing Your Head: Deadbeat has no neck.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Sometimes the Exorsisters will drop Zitbag for pretty fickle reasons. In "Horrorlection Fever" Bimbella dumps him because he lost the election by only one vote.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: In "Bride of Horrifido" when Zitbag accidentally blows up the castle and Horrifido disappears, Zitbag is suspected of killing him.
  • Monster Mash
  • Mundane Utility: In "Double Trouble" the Exorsisters make Zitbag choose between them, so he clones himself just so he won't have to.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Despite the fact that barely any of the characters are technically human, Horrifido and Zombunny fill this role.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Happy Mishmash" Officer Deadbeat introduces his new son, Damian 2. Whatever happened to Damian 1 is never explained.
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: The credits list only 3 voice actors and none of the characters they voice.
  • Only Sane Man: Horrifido
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Horrifido starts out as a ghost (a pair of floating eyes) before Zitbag finds his bones. There are ghosts around Transylvania, which are almost all floating bedsheets.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Exorsisters are vampires, but can go out in sunlight and seem to have tentacles for feet.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": In "Time is Big Money" the combination to the Exorsisters' safe is 1 right, 2 right and 3 right.
  • Pirate: Recurring characters Short John Sliver and his parrot.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: The Exorsisters: the one with a green streak is sweet, the one with a purple streak is grumpy.
  • Punny Name: The Exorsisters, Horrifido... there are tonnes.
  • Reality Ensues: In "Horrorlection Fever" when the Exorsisters both attempt to answer their phone after cutting it in half, only Bimbella is able to hear the caller because she has the listening part of the receiver.
  • The Rival: Professor Sherman Vermin to Zitbag, both in science and for the Exorsisters' affections.
  • Series Continuity Error: In the first episode, Zitbag meets the Exorsisters and Officer Deadbeat for the first time when he moves in, but according to "Forever Fiends" he went to school with them.
  • Sexophone: The Exorsisters' Leitmotif.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Both Zitbag and Deadbeat.
  • Smug Snake: Deadbeat. Zitbag is hardly any better.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Officer Deadbeat's son Damian went from an infant to a prepubescent between "Happy Horridays" and "Son of Zitbag".
  • Surprisingly Similar Stories: In a town full of monsters, an undead, bow-tie-wearing creature wants more out of life, so, along with his pet ghost dog, he turns something that should be innocent into something horrific. Sound familiar?
  • Temporary Bulk Change: In "Terror in Transylvania" Zombunny and the Exorsisters become hugely muscular after Zitbag's slimming formula goes wrong.
  • The Antichrist: Parodied with Jessus.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Zitbag often says this during his experiments.
  • This Is My Side: In "Horrorlection Fever" the Exorsisters cut their house and all their belongings, including their phone, in half because they're divided over who should win the mayoral election.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: The Exorsisters.
  • Tyop on the Cover: "Cranksgiving Chaos" is spelled "Cranskgiving Chaos" on the title card.
  • Unfortunate Names: 'Dr Zitbag'? Really?
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Zitbag, so very much.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: The Exorsisters, usually. They gladly wolfed down raw meat when their aunt told them they couldn't have their share of the family fortune if they didn't, and they were shown eating cooked meat in "Terror in Transylvania".
  • Verbal Tic: The Exorsisters pronounce Zitbag's first name as "Sid-a-ney".
  • William Shakespeare: Parodied as a headless ghost called 'William Waggledagger'.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In "Zlotys Galore" Zitbag bonks a siren hard on the head after she insults him.
  • Artistic License - Geography: Definitely how the series portrays Transylvania is this. Especially when there's a jungle in that region.
  • You Keep Using That Word: In "Bride of Horrifido" Zitbag is accused of accidental murder, rather than the proper term for it; manslaughter.
  • Your Size May Vary: The Exorsisters' breast size is inconsistent.

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