The episode "No One Comes To Lupusville" was the first episodes to feature vampires and werewolves, but not the last -- "Poultrygeist", an amusing twist on the werewolf genre which features people turning into giant chickens for a change, also features a werewolf transformation as watched on a television.
Directed By: ?
Written By: J. Michael Straczynski
Starring: Frank Welker, Lorenzo Music, Maurice LaMarche, Arsenio Hall ...
Running Time: 30 min
Air Date: 05/10/1987
When Lakeshore Entertainment announced that they would releasing a new horror / action movie in 2003 called Underworld, which featured vampires fighting against werewolves, cartoon fans all over the world jumped up and started posting their thoughts in various online forums.
"Hey!" they said, pouting. "They stole that idea from The Real Ghostbusters!"
Well, to be honest, not really. The idea of pitting Dracula against the Wolf Man has certainly been thought up on several occassions in the past, and it doesn't take a genius to decide to combine two of the most popular horror creatures in a movie. However, this episode written by J. Michael Straczynski (five years of Babylon 5, The Twilight Zone, many other successful series) has a good go at exploring all the implications of this match-up, and it does it very well.
However, all of this doesn't really come until the last few minutes of the episode. The ghostbusters are called in by a mysterious hooded fellow to the town of Lupusville, where they are requested to exterminate a bunch of nasty vampires. However, as it turns out there are two factions of warring vampires, as well as a group of people locked up in the basement who have an interesting heritage ...
It's an exceptionally well-written and funny episode, and remains a favourite among the many die-hard fans of this excellent animated show.
Cartoon werewolves are just great. They don't have to worry about achieving convincing special effects, they can just design the damn things, draw them, and get it over with. Here, the werewolves have kind of a spooky, demon-like quality which you'd expect from this series (see bottom photo). And they get to take on a bunch of vampires, which is nice.
In this episode, the werewolves have been locked in the basement of a building so they can't see the full moon. Apparently this means that they can't change, and they need to get to the surface and see the night sky before they can take on their wolf form in an excellent transformation sequence (see top photo). The key idea in this episode is, what would happen if a werewolf bites a vampire and vice versa (a question asked again in Underworld, and personally I prefer the answer given here -- "democracy in action"). All in all it's a great little werewolf sequence, but it's a shame they didn't have a more prominent part in the episode.