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 Exosisters.
Dr Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop contains examples of:
- Catch Phrase: "Great Galloping Globules!"
- "Trap door, Horrifido!" "I thought you'd never ask!"
- Christmas Episode: 'Happy Mishmash'
- Comic Book Adaptation: British comic The Buster adapted the series.
- Dem Bones: Horrifido, and a few other skeletons in Transylvania
- Deranged Animation
- Dirty Cop: Officer Deadbeat is definitely not a nice law enforcer.
- Empty Shell: Zombunny
- Expository Theme Tune: More like an Advertising Theme Tune really.
- 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.
- Flashback: Zitbag has a flashback machine.
- Halloween Town / ‹berwald: Transylvania is portrayed as this.
- 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.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: A few VHS s were released, but that's basically it.
- Large Ham: Zitbag, definitely.
- Losing Your Head: Deadbeat has no neck.
- Monster Mash
- Non-Human Sidekick: Despite the fact that barely any of the characters are technically human, Horrifido and Zombunny fill this role.
- 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, and various vampires around Transylvania.
- The Exorsisters are definitely different. They're NOT vampires. As their in-joke hairdos show, they're clearly intended as Bride of Frankenstein figures.
- 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.
- Sinister Schnoz: Both Zitbag and Deadbeat.
- Smug Snake: Deadbeat. Zitbag is hardly any better.
- 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?
- The Antichrist: Parodied with Jessus.
- They Called Me Mad!: Zitbag often says this during his experiments.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: The Exorsisters.
- Unfortunate Names: 'Dr Zitbag'? Really?
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Zitbag, so very much.
- William Shakespeare: Parodied as a headless ghost called 'William Waggledagger'.
- Artistic License - Geography: Definitely how the series portrays Transylvania is this. Especially when there's a jungle in that region.