The Grand Duke of Owls is a member of the Villain League, and is the primary villain in the 1991 Don Bluth animated film, Rock A Doodle. He is a magical owl and he is the leader of the other owls. He hates his nephew, Hunch. He is voiced by Christopher Plummer who has portrayed the widower Baron (The Sound Of Music;1964) and the elder stitchpunk leader 1 (9;2009) He is an owl who hates light. *Note the goof in his movie; He bakes a pie near an oven with only little light.* Really, he is a villain who hates all types of lights: flashlights, streetlights, lamp lights, firelights, and cameralights, which is what Peepers uses to blind the Grand Duke's minions when they pull up the toy box boat to stop them from reaching the city because he doesn't want the sun ever to rise again. He banishes Chanticleer and turns Edmond into a kitten so he can eat him but is rescued by Patou the dog. In the climax he becomes a giant magical being and prepares to take over the world and crushes Chanticleer and Edmond tries to revive him but the Grand Duke chokes him rendering him unconscious. Eventually the animals revive Chanticleer by cheering him on and he crows causing the sun to come up and the Grand Duke turns into a baby and his nephew, Hunch, whom he abused throughout the movie decides to abuse him because he's now smaller and weaker. It is unknown if Hunch killed the Duke or not.
Role in the series
the Duke is set to appear in the Spyro Series spin-off moisode of Rock-a-doodle-doo, and may probuly be set to appear as one of the villains in some Spongebob and Friends crossovers.