Dudley the Dragon – Inside a Cave

Dudley the Dragon is a bumbling, but affable eight-foot tall green dragon who lived in a cave on the YTV/PBS education fantasy series THE ADVENTURES OF DUDLEY THE DRAGON (1993-1999).

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The series followed the tale of Dudley the dragon who emerges from centuries of hibernation and finds that the world has changed. With the help of two 10-year old children, Sally and Matt, (along with Terry, Mickey, Julia and Laura) Dudley solves mysteries, observes the wonders of nature and confronts many of the social issues that plague the modern world, like pollution, energy conservation, bullying, and second-hand smoke.

Always overly-dramatic, Dudley bellows his opinion freely. For example, when he likes the taste of something, he will loudly proclaim it was “DEE-licious.” Dudley loves to eat dragonberries.

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Beside his new friends Matt and Sally, Dudley met a number of other characters, including:

  • Chloe, a fairy godmother and tooth fairy
  • Mr. Crabby Tree, a talking tree
  • The Leprachaun, a mischievous magical leprechaun who can teleport from place to place
  • The Troll, a grumpy, magical troll
  • The Caveman, a friendly cave dweller
  • Jacob Spookem , a cowardly ghost
  • Sabrina, a mischievous clown
  • The Genie, a trouble-making genie
  • Willomena and Ernestina , Twin witches
  • The Great Mezmra, a fortuneteller
  • Sir Poindexter of Knot, a brave, but arrogant knight
  • The Pumpkin King
  • The King of All Living Things, who wants to chop down Mr. Crabby Tree
  • The Prince, the heir apparent to the King of All Living Things
  • Clarence the Can, Dudley’s magical garbage can.

Animal puppet to appear on the show included: Sammy the Frog, Yammie the Frog (Sammy’s Spanish-speaking cousin), Bernado and Kostus the Frogs (more of Sammy’s cousins), Rita, a Native American Frog, The Robin Bird Family (Mr. & Mrs., Grandpa, and Junior Robin), Dodo, the Dodo Bird, Didi the Woodpecker, Katrina the Whale, Rosie the Skunk, and Radar the Dog.

Alex Galatis and later Kirk Dunn were the actors who wore the Dudley the Dragon costume on the program.

NOTE: In 1995, a $350,000 Dudley the Dragon balloon (65-feet tall, 28-feet wide, 45-feet long wearing 20-foot sneakers) appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment and produced by TV Ontario, the series was the winner of the Gemini Award for Best Children’s Program.

Originally, the Dudley character was created for a government play called “The Conserving Kingdom,” which toured grade schools under the auspices of the Ontario ministry of energy in 1982.

Dudley the Dragon
c/o A large cave

The Adventures of Dudley Dragon (IMDB)
The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon – Intro

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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