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Dracula
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Film information
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Hamilton Luske
Jack Kinney
Produced by: Walt Disney
Music by: George Bruns (score)
Studio: Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date(s): November 24 1965
Running time: 90 Minutes
Language: English
Budget: $7.3 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)
Preceded by: The Sword in the Stone
Followed by: The Jungle Book



Dracula is a 1965 Horror Traditionally-animated feature film from Walt Disney Productions, Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman with Hamilton Luske and Jack Kinney, and Produced by Walt Disney.

Plot[]

The Blue Book of Dracula Open itself up into the Movie's Story.

In 1897 after Many Vampie Attacks, a newly-qualified solicitor Jonathan Harker takes the Transylvanian Count Dracula as a client from his colleague R. M. Renfield, who has gone insane. Jonathan travels to Transylvania to arrange Dracula's real estate acquisition in London, including Carfax Abbey. Jonathan meets Dracula, who discovers a picture of Harker's fiancée, Mina, and believes that she is the reincarnation of Elisabeta. Dracula leaves Jonathan to be seduced by his brides and sails to England with boxes of his native soil, taking up residence at Carfax Abbey. His arrival is foretold by the ravings of Renfield, now an inmate in Dr. Jack Seward's neighboring insane asylum.

In London, Dracula emerges as a wolf-like creature amid a fierce thunderstorm and hypnotically seduces, then rapes and bites Lucy Westenra, with whom Mina is staying while Jonathan is in Transylvania. Lucy's deteriorating health and behavioral changes prompts Lucy's former suitors Quincey Morris and Dr. Seward, along with her fiancée, Arthur Holmwood, to summon Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, who recognizes Lucy as the victim of a vampire. Dracula, appearing young and handsome during daylight, meets and charms Mina. When Mina receives word from Jonathan, who has escaped the castle and recovered at a convent, she travels to Romania to marry him. In his fury, Dracula transforms Lucy into a vampire. Van Helsing, Holmwood, Seward and Morris kill Lucy.

After Jonathan and Mina return to London, Jonathan and Van Helsing lead the others to Carfax Abbey, where they destroy the Count's boxes of soil. Dracula enters the asylum, where he kills Renfield for warning Mina of his presence before visiting Mina, who is staying in Seward's quarters while the others hunt Dracula. He confesses that he murdered Lucy and has been terrorizing Mina's friends, but a confused and angry Mina admits that she still loves him and remembers her previous life as Elisabeta. At her insistence, Dracula begins transforming her into a vampire. The hunters burst into the bedroom, with Dracula claiming Mina as his bride before escaping. As Mina begins changing, Van Helsing hypnotizes her and learns via her connection with Dracula that he is sailing home in his last remaining box. The hunters depart for Varna to intercept him, but Dracula reads Mina's mind and evades them. The hunters split up, with Van Helsing and Mina traveling to the Borgo Pass and the castle, while the others try to stop the Vampire Gypsies transporting the Count.

At night, Van Helsing and Mina are approached by Dracula's brides. They frighten Mina at first, but she gives into their chanting and attempts to seduce Van Helsing. Before Mina can feed on his blood, Van Helsing places a communion wafer upon her forehead, leaving a mark. He surrounds them with a ring of fire to protect them from the brides, then infiltrates the castle and decapitates them the following morning. As sunset approaches, Dracula's carriage arrives at the castle, pursued by the hunters. in a Firery Battle fight between the hunters and vampire-gypsies ensues, and at sunset Dracula bursts from his fire-burning coffin before transforms into a Giant Blue Dragon spreading more Fire. Harker yells "Party's Over Vampire!" and then slits his throat while a wounded Morris yells "If you a Vampire, Be No Longer!" and then stabs him in the heart with a Bowie knife. As Dracula staggers, Mina rushes to his defense. Holmwood tries to attack but Van Helsing and Harker allow her to retreat with the Count. Morris dies, surrounded by his friends.

In the chapel where he renounced God, Dracula lies dying in an ancient demonic form. He asks Mina to give him peace. They share a kiss as the candles adorning the chapel light up, and Mina shoves the knife through Dracula's heart. The mark on her forehead disappears as Dracula's curse is lifted. She decapitates him, and finally gazes up at the fresco of Vlad and Elisabeta ascending to Heaven together.

The film closes with a note left by Jonathan Harker seven years after the events, detailing his married life with Mina and the birth of their son, whom they name after all four members of the party, but address as "Quincey". Quincey is depicted sitting on the knee of Van Helsing as they recount their adventure. Seward and Arthur have each gotten married then both Declared "See We Just Already Did".

Voice Cast[]

  • Brian Bedford as Jonathan Harker: A solicitor sent to do business with Count Dracula; Mina's fiancé and prisoner in Dracula's castle.
  • George Sanders / Stan Freberg / Bill Thompson as Dracula: A Transylvanian noble who has purchased a house in London.
  • Monica Evans as Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker (née Murray): A schoolteacher and Jonathan Harker's fiancée (later his wife).
  • Ginny Tyler as Lucy Westenra: A 19-year-old aristocrat; Mina's best friend; Arthur's fiancée and Dracula's first victim.
  • Junius Matthews as Arthur Holmwood: Lucy's suitor and later fiancé. He inherits the title of Lord Godalming upon his father's death.
  • Sterling Holloway as John Seward: A doctor; one of Lucy's suitors and a former student of Van Helsing.
  • J. Pat O'Malley as Abraham Van Helsing
  • Norman Alden as Quincey Morris
  • John Fiedler as Renfield
  • Verna Felton as Dracula's Bride #1, who loves Deals
  • Martha Wentworth as Dracula's Bride #2, who loves Foods
  • Barbara Luddy as Dracula Bride #3, who loves Romances
  • Jimmy MacDonald / Clarence Nash as a Fox who tries to eat Jonathan Harker.
  • Sebastian Cabot as The Prime Minister, Narrator and supporting character
  • Fred Darian as The Minstrel in opening sequence


Gallery[]

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Dracula is Proudly to Promote Disneyland '65 Tencennial Celebration

Posters[]

Trailers[]

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Photos[]

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Concept Arts[]

Characters[]

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Storyboards[]

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Stills[]

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Designs[]

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Screencaps[]

Main article: Dracula/Screencaps

Others[]

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Video[]

Marketing[]

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Production[]

Walt Disney was optioned on Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1940, In Early January, 1959 a Concept-designing Contest for Bill Peet. Ken Anderson amf Marc Davis to design that character "Dracula" to look like, Shortly after Sleeping Beauty release, the Final Concept made by Marc Davis had Won to Feature it's Design into an Animated film, and Disney has completed all the Storyboard in 1960 with Bill Peet, Ken Anderson and Marc Davis not until production of animation starts from February 1962 to finish on November 1963 and then through difficulty release dates until reached on 1965

They used the same style of animation as One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone and Animated Segment of Mary Poppins

The Backgrounds of the Opening Credits is Reused from an another Disney animated film that was released 15 years early Cinderella

Designs[]

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Development[]

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Casting[]

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Sound Effects[]

Main article: Dracula/Sound Effects

Music[]

Main article: Dracula/Soundtrack
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Buena Vista/Main Titles/Prologue (Many Vampires Attacking)

Promotions and Marketing[]

In Mexico and South America during September 1965, many children enter a contest in which the first place winner could earn three movie tickets for this film. Prior to the release of the film, Guitar Center had sold at least all the Bat-shaped Guitars with a Special Dracula-Printed livery for giving them out Limited Engagement to many Music Artists and Bands also offered with viewing on Special Television Primetime block slot on October 31st (Halloween) to buying a free album of Dracula to make their songs based on this film, From November of that year, Big Boy Restaurants restaurants offered 7 toys based on this movie as part of their kid's meal menu including Jonathan Harker, Mina, Dracula, Castle Dracula, Arthur Holmwood, John Steward and Carriage Coach, by December 18, this film's official comic book adaptation had it published

Releases[]

It was Premiere on November 12, 1965 at Fox Westwood Village Theater

Theatrical Releases[]

It was Released on November 24, 1965 in the U.S.

International Release[]

  • UK - 5 November 1965
  • Argentina -- 14 January 1966
  • Australia - February 10 1966
  • Hong Kong - May 26 1966
  • Ireland - June 17 1966
  • Mexico - 8 December 1966
  • Sweden - 12 December 1966
  • France-14 December 1966
  • West Germany - 15 December 1966
  • Denmark - 26 December 1966
  • Norway- 26 December 1966
  • Belgium - 1 January 1967
  • Brazil - 4 July 1967
  • Austria - 1 December 1967
  • Finland- 15 December 1967
  • New Zealand - 19 September 1968
Country Title Distributor Date of release
Japan あなたは愚かな愚かな馬鹿です! あなたは私の犬の血を吸います! (Anata wa orokana orokana bakadesu! Anata wa watashi no inu no chi o suimasu!) RKO Pictures Japan July 17, 1966
Italy L'ascesa del capo vampiro Rank Film December 20, 1966
  • Any Ideas for International Releases?

Re-Releases[]

  • Australia - August 18, 1983
  • US - July 13, 1984

Release Infos[]

File:Dollar Bill and Australians Keep The Wheels Of Industry Turning

an Australian Colored Double bill

  • in Australia, a colored version of "Dollar Bill and Australians Keep The Wheels Of Industry Turning" released theatrically before Dracula
  • In New Zealand, a Disney featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree released theatrically before Dracula
  • In UK, A Double-bill with That Darn Cat!.

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Reception[]

The film was a financial success at the box office and the sixth highest grossing film of 1965 as well as highest grossing animated film of 1965.

Box office[]

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Critical response[]

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Accolades[]

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Rating[]

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Transcripts[]

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Main Transcript[]

Main article: Dracula/Transcript

Trailer Transcripts[]

Main article: Dracula/Trailer transcripts

Opening and Closing Credits[]

Main article: Dracula/Credits

Quotes[]

"Dark Age" Quote

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Sequels[]

Disney Sprawns a Franchise called Disney's Monsters have Direct-to-Video Sequels to this Animated film, this become so Rare.

  • Disney's Frankenstein (r. October 1, 1990)
  • Disney's Bride of Frankenstein (r. October 2, 1991)
  • Disney's Wolfman (r. October 3, 1992)
  • Disney's The Mummy (r. October 4, 1993)
  • Disney's The Invisible Man (r. October 5, 1994)
  • Disney's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (r. October 6, 1995)
  • Disney's Creature from the Black Lagoon (r. October 7, 1996)
  • Many More

Impacts[]

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Legacies[]

  • Brian Bedford the voice of Jonathan Harker the Human character, also voicing a Fox character Robin Hood in 1973
  • Monica Evans as Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker (née Murray) the Human character, also voicing a Vixen character Maid Marian in Robin Hood (1973)
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Reused Outfits[]

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Trivia[]

Main article: Dracula/Trivia
  • This is the last animated feature released when Walt Disney was alive before his death year before.
  • This is the last animated feature directed by Hamilton Luske as well as Last one by Jack Kinney when Kinney Left Disney by 1958.
  • This is the second and the last animated feature featuring "a dark age" star opening scene before fades into a Dark Forest, since used from The Sword in the Stone.

Runtimes[]

The Film goes for 90 minutes

Taglines[]

  • All-Cartoon Nightmare


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