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This is going to sound so silly, but for the life of me I can find NO information about this cartoon and was wondering if anyone here knows what I am talking about.

I don't know if it was a series, but the tape we had was Halloween-themed, with the crew of a hot air balloon that looked like a cat going to meet famous monsters (specifically, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman). The balloon was called the Kitcataloon and everyone who saw it would say "It looks like a cat? But it flies like a balloon!" in varying degrees of wonderment or fear, depending on the situation.

It was a cartoon that would draw the scenes as the characters spoke. It almost looked like they did it in MS Paint, but this was a VHS tape. There was a scientist, a teddy bear, a robot, and a girl/alien named Jelly Bean. The teddy bear would always be scared and hide in the picnic basket.

I distinctly remember some of the songs too! One was about long legged beasties that go bump in the night, another was about Dracula, called the Count Dracula Rag, I think.

"Oh Count Dracula, please let me be! I'm just a skinny little kid and my blood tastes bleh, so don't you put the bite on me!"

I saw this back in 1999-2001, I was pretty young. If I had to guess when it was made, I'd say 1995. It looked pretty basic for animation (not joking when I say it looked like it was animated in MS Paint).

I wonder if it was a bargain bin find, and that's why there's no real mention of it? Either way I hope someone here can help.

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  • Seems the same on reddit, that gives us time interval close to 1986..1990: reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue/comments/16cgyo/… Oct 4, 2021 at 10:45
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    Oct 4, 2021 at 13:16
  • Couldn't reply back to the Reddit post above, but I dropped them a message.
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    Oct 6, 2021 at 12:21
  • @Helen: It looks like your account is merged, FWIW. I hope you will stick around.
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    Oct 6, 2021 at 12:21
  • @FuzzyBoots i think i will, everyones been wonderful so far!
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    Oct 9, 2021 at 0:08

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Billy Comeau's 1985 Monster Hits: Who's Afraid of the Dark is likely the case, with the musical release it's based off of being Captain Billy and the Cataloon Crew, Monster Hits.

Front cover of Captain Billy and the Cataloon Crew

The "Dracula Rag" is there, as well as other monster songs, and the image shows the cat-shaped balloon, which is apparently named the "Kitcataloon" (mentioned in the first song), also referred to as a "Cataloon".

Dracula Rag

Found with a search for "dracula rag" and then the actual cartoon found by search for Billy Comeau animation and following the links in his WorldCat entry. Searching the title led me to a page with links to several of the Read-Along Magic Videos.

Part 1

Part 2

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    ( Hi OP here they havent gotten back to me about merging the accounts I'm really not worried about it in the slightest) HOLY SMOKES THATS IT! Thank you so so so so much! I have been wracking my brain for literal YEARS about this movie because whenever I visit my homestate it slips my mind. You just saved my bacon, FuzzyBoots!
    – Helen
    Oct 4, 2021 at 13:50
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    No worries. I'm looking for some vague memories of childhood myself. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 4, 2021 at 13:52
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    For no reason at all, one of those YouTube song mixers ought to mix up a combined version of Dracula Rag to Rob Zombie’s Dragula, or his Dragula with Dracula Rag. Oct 4, 2021 at 15:11
  • That is a brilliant find! Congratulations on your Google-fu, FuzzyBoots. Oct 4, 2021 at 23:41

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