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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Halloween Town / Überwald: Transylvania is portrayed as this.
- 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.
- 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
- Non-Human Sidekick: Despite the fact that barely any of the characters are technically human, Horrifido and Zombunny fill this role.
- Now Which One Was That Voice?: The credits list only 3 voice actors and none of the characters they voice.
- Off Model: In "Terror in Transylvania" even before the muscle growth, the Exorsisters' chests are a bit larger than they usually are.
- 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.
- The Rival: Professor Sherman Vermin to Zitbag, both in science and for the Exorsisters' affections.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.