Magellan the Dragon – Eureeka’s Castle

Magellan the Dragon is a clumsy, one-toothed green dragon (with a tail with a mind of its own) seen on the Nickelodeon children’s series EUREEKA’S CASTLE (1989-1995).


Magellan the Dragon lived in a huge windup castle music box that was owned by a giant. Magellan sneezes loudly when he gets upset.

Among the inhabitants of this music box castle were:

  • Eureeka, a young sorceress-in-training
  • Batly, a bumbling, near-sighted, egotistical bat who lives in the belfry. When he accidentally runs into things, he says, “I meant to do that!”
  • Bogge and Quagmire, the constantly arguing “Moat Twins” who like to swim around in a swampy moat, play in the basement and eat peanut butter sandwiches.
  • Mr. Trader Knack, the castle’s handyman and tinkerer. He owns a fruit stand and speaks with an Italian accent.
  • Giant, who cranks the key on the Eureeka’s Castle wind-up music box.

Other assorted characters to appear on the program included: Webster (Noel MacNeal), Batly’s pet spider; Sir Klank (James Kroupa), an old bearded blue mouse who lives in a suit of armor; Kate (Lynn Hippen), a pink mouse who likes to talk about what is happening in the castle; Emma (Pam Arciero), a portly orange mouse that likes to eat; The Fishtones, three stone fish carvings on a fountain who like to sing; Cooey, Magellan’s pet; Slurms, Magellan’s pet slug/worms; and Blankateers, the dots on Magellan’s blanket that move about to form patterns and pictures.


NOTE: The puppet’s for the program were designed and constructed by James Kroupa, John Orberg, Kip Rathke, and Matt Stoddart from 3/Design Studio.

In 1990, EUREEKA’S CASTLE won an Ace Award for best children’s program.

Magellen the Dragon
c/o Eureeka’s Castle

Eureeka’s Castle (IMDB)
Eureeka’s Castle – Episode (Video)
Eureeka’s Castle – Christmas Special (Video)
Eureeka’s Castle – Ending credits (Video)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, 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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