Did Count Duckula herald the modern Star Wars Day?

May 4th Count Duckula

Whilst enjoying “Star Wars Day 2014” I fell upon a strange fact – the play on words that is “May the fourth be with you” isn’t a modern internet-led phenomenon as I’ve always believed but was in fact coined a long long time ago in a… oh, sorry, caught in the mood.

In 1988, in an episode of Count Duckula called “The Vampire Strikes Back”, a character called Tremendous Terrence has the following exchange with the Count:

Tremendous Terrence: What’s the date today?
Count Duckula: Er, the date, it’s, er… May the 4th.
Tremendous Terrence: Why, then, May the 4th be with you!

You can catch this Star Wars moment in this short clip:

However, the phrase was coined much earlier than that thanks to the British Conservative political party who, on May 4th 1979 took out a newspaper advert that read “May the 4th Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.” when the Iron Lady was elected prime minister!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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One thought on “Did Count Duckula herald the modern Star Wars Day?

  1. CMJ says:

    I love that you referenced this, because in my mind, that episode of Count Duckula is where I got the May the Fourth Be With You Phrase back in the 90s, watching it on YTV. As a result, it was my favourite episode, of course. I think it’s where he goes to a planet that has broccoli trees, but I can’t be sure about that.

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