Frankie, Drak Jr., and Howler
From the monsters of the past, comes a new generation, dedicated to erasing the evil image of their forefathers...Hanna-Barbera
created Drak Pack
in 1980, consisting of Frankie, Howler, and Drak Jr., 3 teenage boys who were in turn capable via Drak Whack
of turning into a Frankenstein, a Werewolf, and a Vampire. As a Vampire, Drak Jr. (exclusively referred to simply as "Drak" in the series itself) is capable of shapeshifting, telekinesis, and flight. Frankie becomes immensely strong when he's angry, and since he's green in this form, he brings to mind the Incredible Hulk
. Howler has super breath like the Big Bad Wolf, and his howl is ultrasonic and can shatter glass. Their boss is Drak's uncle, Count Dracula, known affectionately by the trio as Big D. And of course, they use their powers for good, instead of evil.
Their primary antagonists are O.G.R.E., the Organization of Generally Rotten Enterprises
, headed by the diabolical Dr. Dred, along with his henchmen: Toad, Fly, Mummy Man, and Vampira
Tropes associated with this series:
- The Atoner: "Big D" supports the Pack in their efforts to do good in order to make up for the wrongs he committed in the past.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Toad
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Whack-o!"
- Catch Phrase: "Bad Toad, bad!" - both Dr. Dred and Toad himself.
- Cool Air Ship: The Dredgible
- Cool Car: The Drakster, which had settings to let it travel on land, in the water, or in the air.
- Dead Pan Snarker: Drak, Big D, Howler
- Episode Title Card
- Frogs and Toads: Toad
- Hey, It's That Voice!: The opening narrator is longtime actor and voice artist John Stephenson
- Dr. Dred is played by Hans Conreid, who did a lot of Hanna-Barbera voice work.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: The red curtain being pulled back and forth with a characteristic pulley sound for scene transitions.
- If It Swims, It Flies: The Drakster
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Dred
- Monster Mash
- Mummy Wrap
- Opening Narration
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Real Men Wear Pink: Dr. Dred
- Running Gag: Big D getting his hand caught when he closes his coffin lid.
- Dr. Dred has a flyswatter, but he doesn't use it on Fly. Nope, he always uses it on Toad.
- Shout-Out: Frankie's green, and he's getting mad. Does this remind you of anything?
- Super Multi-Purpose Room: The Drak Pack's headquarters
- The Brute: Mummy Man
- They Fight Crime
- Transformation Is a Free Action
- Transformation Sequence: The Drak Whack
- Yes-Man: Toad, though occasionally this strays into The Dog Bites Back