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Straddling the line between "short" and "TV series" lies Mina and The Count.

Originally created in 1995 by Rob Renzetti with Frederator Studios (the same people behind toons such as The Fairly Oddparents and Adventure Time), it was originally created as part of Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon! Show. In the original short, Interlude With a Vampire, the titular Count, a vampire, accidentally stumbles into the room of one Mina Harper, age 7. (He was looking for Nina Parker, age 17.) Mina quickly proves her formidity when she abruptly turns herself into his leg accessory, and despite being dragged into every manner of girly game by Mina, the Count quickly finds himself enjoying it and becomes her friend. The following shorts detailed their various goofy and spooky adventures. During its run of shorts, it migrated from Cartoon Network to Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons.


Among the other shorts on the various Frederator shorts shows, Mina and The Count was highly unusual. While most cartoons only saw either one or two episodes and then a full series, or one episode and then vanishing obscurity, Mina saw a full six shorts released throughout its run, making it a kind of cartoon Mini Series. It even built up a small fanbase throughout the years. But despite fans' vocal interest, it never has been—and probably never will be—expanded to a full show. Not to mention, good luck finding the shorts on DVD.

The unfinished student film ''My Best Friend'', which was essentially the pilot to the series (and is not in continuity with the finished product), was also released on YouTube in 2016 by Renzetti himself.


This miniseries features examples of:

  • All Men Are Perverts: Everyone (except The Count) seems to want to hit on Mrs. Frankenstein.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Seems to be the usual monster mindset. "It's monsters like you who give us all a GOOD NAME!"
  • Blood Lust: Well, the count is a vampire, after all. However, in one short, he's also shown eating other, "weirder" things. Just so long as it's not "mortal" food.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Mina's older sister Lucy is definitely not as nice as she is.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: How the Count meets Mina. He entered her house to try and suck her blood.
  • The Bully: Nick, complete with his two nearly-identical henchmen, picks on Mina.
  • The Cameo: One of the shorts that aired on Oh Yeah! Cartoons has the Count read a comic book featuring Thatta Boy, the titular protagonist of another Oh Yeah! Cartoons short.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first short, Mina barely said anything and Igor was fairly dumb. Mina started speaking more consistently in the second short, while Igor is shown to be somewhat more intelligent in the third.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The titular Count (one of two people of the title) has blue skin, wears black and is a vampire. He's also a very good individual.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Igor isn't afraid to make remarks near his master. The Count has his moments, too.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Count's first attempt to... ahem... "seduce" Mina. To be fair, he thought she was 17 years old at first.
  • Dinner and a Show: The fourth episode, where the Count comes to dinner at Mina's house. And her sister Lucy becomes his Instant Fan Club.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the student film, the Count was explicitly Dracula, whereas in the series proper only the first name "Vlad" is given, leaving one to assume he is merely an Expy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Count may be a vampire who feeds off of young women, but he draws the line at children.
  • Free the Frogs: Done in quite possibly the weirdest fashion ever in "Frankenfrog." The frog's already dead; Mina just brings it back with Mad Science!
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The Count appears to take on the role of being a benign vampire after becoming friends with Mina the first episode.
  • Genki Girl: Mina is shown to be very cheerful and excitable.
  • Hartman Hips: Lucy, who is meant to be an older teen, sports a pair of large hips.
  • Heroic Mime: Mina very nearly was one in the first short; her only line was "He's my best friend!" She got more talkative in the later shorts, though.
  • Hulking Out: The judge Doc Freckle in "The Ghoul's Tribunal", who turns into a yellow-skinned brute named Mr. Snyde when he gets enraged.
  • Hypno Fool: One of the Count's vampire powers is to hypnotize people into obeying him.
  • The Igor: The Count's assistant matches this trope in terms of role and outward appearance. Surprise! His name's Igor.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mina is 7, while the Count is about 700.
  • Irony: Igor is the one most against the Count’s friendship with Mina, but it was because of him messing up the Count’s feeding schedule that they two of them even met in the first place!
  • Lethal Chef: Mina's culinary prowess in the fourth episode is surprising for a little girl, but still, garlic souffle is probably not one of her better ideas.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: It can bring a dead frog to life as well as Mina's doll.
  • The Masquerade: The Count does his best to stay out of the limelight. When he has to, he parades as Mina's violin teacher.
  • Meaningful Name: The Count is obviously an Expy of Count Dracula. But Mina Harper is named after Mina Harker of the original Dracula novel and her bratty older sister, Lucy, is no doubt named after Lucy Westenra who ironically was Mina's best friend in the novel and in most adaptions of the tale.
  • Mini Series: A cartoon one, but it still kind of fits as an intentionally short-lived series.
  • Missing Mom: Mina's mom is apparently absent. In the first episode, a picture on her wall seems to suggest she does have a mom, but in a later short, it's revealed that that might just be her older sister.
  • Monster Mash: In "The Ghoul's Tribunal", The Count's monster buddies — which more or less include Kharis, the Gill-man, and the Creature and the Missus — come over for their monthly card night.
  • Morality Pet: Mina for the Count. She clearly brings out the Count's soft side and he's very nice to her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "The Ghoul's Tribunal", Igor is shown to feel guilty when his exposure of the Count being chummy with Mina is taken to court.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Count has a pretty fantastic moment of realizing he's in trouble in "The Vampire Who Came to Dinner."
    Count: (thinking) "Well, Vlad, it looks as if you'll actually have to eat some mortal food. Ah well, it is disgusting, but as long as it's not-"
    (Mina reveals her dish)
    Mina: "Garlic Souffle!"
    • Earlier in the same episode, he had one upon discovering that Mina has an older sister.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Mina's game of peekaboo in "The Ghoul's Tribunal" has her disappear and reappear in improbable ways.
  • Only One Name: In later episodes, the Count's name is revealed to be Vlad.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Count more-or-less hits most of the Classical Movie Vampire traits spot-on.
  • Papa Wolf: The Count is very protective towards Mina.
  • Servile Snarker: Igor comes off as kind of a dunce in the first episode, but in the later shorts, it becomes more questionable as to just who's in charge in that castle...
  • Shout-Out: Mina and Lucy's names are shout-outs to Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra from the original Dracula novel.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Mina and Lucy are sisters who don't get along well.
  • Spiritual Successor: According to The Other Wiki, these shorts inspired The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. It shows.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Nick's twin cronies, who look identically, dress identically, and even move directly in-step at all times.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: Played for humor in "The Vampire Who Came to Dinner", where the Count decides to eat normal food in spite of finding it disgusting and learns to his horror that Mina has prepared garlic souffle.
  • Vampire Vords: The trope of vampires pronouncing W's like V's is played straight with the way the Count speaks.
  • Vein-o-Vision: The Count sees Lucy like this in "The Vampire Who Came to Dinner".


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