Scooby-Doo! And The Legend Of The Vampire

  • 2003
  • 1 HR 20 MIN
  • NR
  • Adventure, Animated

Utterly formulaic, made-for-video Scooby-Doo mystery that actually takes a giant step backwards from SCOOBY-DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND (1998), which tried to update the characters and series conventions slightly, even throwing in some genuine supernatural menace. Here the Scooby gang returns to retro form for an Australian vacation, during which they decide to...read more

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Utterly formulaic, made-for-video Scooby-Doo mystery that actually takes a giant step backwards from SCOOBY-DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND (1998), which tried to update the characters and series conventions slightly, even throwing in some genuine supernatural menace. Here the Scooby gang returns to retro form for an Australian vacation, during which they decide to check out a mega-rock festival/contest held out at spooky Vampire Rock. They're not worried, of course, because there's no such thing as a vampire, even the kind of traditional aboriginal kind of vampire the elderly grandpa (voice of Kevin Michael) of concert promoter Daniel Illiwara (Phil LaMarr) warns against. But then why do bands keep disappearing, clutched in the arms of fiends, including the Scooby gang's old friends, gothed-out Hex Girls Dusk (voice of former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin), Thorn (Jennifer Hale) and Luna (Kimberley Brooks)? Daphne (Heather North Kenney), Fred (Frank Welker), eminently sensible Velma (Nicole Jaffe) and cowardly Shaggy (Casey Kasem) poke around the spooky caves and surprise, surprise: There aren't any vampires — just a bunch of guys in spook suits, supported by an array of wind machines, holographic projectors and various other high tech forms of smoke and mirrors. It all has to do with a nefarious plan to rig the contest, but the Scooby gang put a swift end to that nonsense and even get to rock out themselves. Their big number is, of course, the "Scooby-Doo" theme, and Velma nails the vocals — go Velma! Fans of the series were disappointed to find Frank Welker replacing Scott Innes as the voice of Scooby, but delighted that Nicole Jaffe, who voiced Velma in the original series, returned to her signature role. And at least there's no ScrAppy Doo doo littering the tale.

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