|DVD Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
Run time: 79 min
Genres: Animation | Adventure | Family
Director: David Block
Writers: Tom Sheppard
Stars: Obba Babatundé, Jeff Bennett, Julianne Buescher
After being tired of always monster hunting, the gang decides to go on a vacation free of any spooky stuff and hopefully mysteries. They go to the Little Bat village for the Vampire Festival and for the author of some Vampire books Velma enjoys. The author ends up being the oldest living Van Helsing relative and isn’t well off financially. He shows the gang around his vampire museum which contains the oldest ‘living’ vampire Valdronya; who is encased in a coffin with a 6″ thick glass lid. After-wards the gang goes to see a performance by a group of actors that believe themselves to be real vampires and live as such; they accidentally awaken Valdronya during their show with a mystic chant. Now there is a real live vampire running amok and what’s worse is he wants Daphne to be his vampire bride. This movie is in a musical style. Written by Exodus
|Plot Keywords: vampire, dog, cartoon dog, horror for children, teenager|
Release Date: 16 December 2011 (USA)
As a big Scooby Doo fan, I enjoyed Scooby Doo and the Music of the Vampire. Of the Scooby animated movies, I do prefer Witch's Ghost, Zombie Island and Goblin King, and this is perhaps my least favourite of the movies to use the Mystery Incorporated-like animation style. However I still enjoyed it, I liked the animation style which was like a combination of the classic Scooby Doo and the What's New Scooby Doo style, and while it takes some time to get going the story was interesting with an ending that was a lot of fun if not entirely unexpected as I knew who it was halfway through.
The dialogue is witty, and the voice work is absolutely great, with only a little too squealy Mindy Kohn disappointing(slightly). Frank Welker is terrific as always, Matthew Lillard had big shoes to fill and does admirably being very goofy and likable and Jeff Bennett is both menacing and makes us feel sympathy for him. Valdronya is a very convincing villain, with an imposing look and a Dracula/Maldor the Malevolent-like voice that gives the chills. Now to the stuff that I wasn't so crazy about, apart from Mindy Kohn and some of the story taking time to get going.
I personally think the film could've been shorter, with a couple of scenes that could've been either shortened or cut I wouldn't have felt that the pacing was a little uneven with a couple of parts in the middle dragging. The songs I was mixed on; the best were Done With Monsters, which was clever and very spirited vocally, Scooby and Me, which was hilarious and Do You Want to Live Forever, especially for the dancing. The rest were forgettable, Valdronya Returns had a strong hint of deja vu almost as if it was trying too hard to be another villain song(can't quite put my finger on which) and I can't remember any of Vampire's Bite and Vampire's Dance, and didn't move forward the story much.
Overall, a decent film and an interesting enough change of pace, but I have seen better from Scooby. 7/10 Bethany Cox
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (2011)
*** (out of 4)
Feature cartoon has Scooby and the gang solving a mystery and then heading down South to enjoy a vacation. They end up in Louisiana where there's a Vampire Fest being put on and sure enough they soon find themselves in another mystery. This time a vampire wants to make Daphne his new bride. SCOOBY-DOO! MUSIC OF THE VAMPIRE is actually a fairly entertaining film that manages to have a few good laughs, a couple nice throwbacks to the old TV show and of course there's even a little bit of TWILIGHT spoof thrown in. As you'd expect, the animation is really top-notch and we're given some wonderful visuals to look at. This is especially true with the darkness of the swamp, which simply looks wonderful as do the scenes inside the vampire museum. Another major plus is that the monsters themselves are all pretty good. I thought the vampires looked quite effective and especially the main leader who often finds himself flying through the swamps throwing fire balls. I'm sure these vampires will scare some really young kids as they're quite creepy. The vocal performances are also quite good with all of the main cast members doing a fine job and especially Matthew Lillard who has really perfected his Shaggy work. The film even turns into a musical as there are a couple songs played throughout and they're actually not too bad. They're certainly put to better use than some of those songs that were added to episodes in the second season of the original series. Fans of Scooby should certainly find enough here to keep them entertained and at just 75-minutes the film never overstays its welcome.
This is so wrong. Anyone over five who says this is good is wrong.
For serious fans of the Scoob (me from 1969 to present day) there are too many travesties afoot in this piece of trash cheaply made and shoved down the throats of innocent fans to enjoy it. I knew from the beginning , when no Guest Voice appeared in the credits, this would not be a good ride.
Horrible. A Crime. A Scooby-Doo Musical? The gang breaking into a Zombie song? Poor animation. The first five minutes was a blatant rip-off from the first five minutes of Disney's Aladdin. They even had a "lamp"!
The theme is a rip-off of "Twilight" with Daph as Bella. What did they do Tom Sheppard's original script that made him remove his name? He is the writer in the credits. This is the dude who wrote for Pinky and the Brain, so we know he did his job. So what did they do?
I got a new title for a Scooby-Doo movie: What did the Studio heads do to Scooby-Doo?
Pass it by!
Hahaha! For the first musical Scooby Doo adventure, it is a fun romp! The first song, Done with Monsters, is a perfect mix and definitely something you would expect from Shaggy. It is amazing how Frank Welker still manages to sound like a teenager (Fred), even as he is singing. Mindy Cohn makes Velma have too much of a squealer voice, though. The other notable song, Scooby and Me, is definitely hilarious and entertaining. I love to just pop the DVD in and watch the just the songs again. In terms of plot, pretty interesting, although I felt sorry for van Helsing, who was just trying to get by. The graphics are good, loving the new cartoon style, mix of new and old. Pretty good for a boring Sunday afternoon. 8/10 stars.