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Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire (2003)
"Scooby-Doo! And the Legend of the Vampire" (original title)

Video  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Mystery  |  4 March 2003 (USA)
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The gang go to Australia to investigate the recent disappearances of the performances at the music festivals, by the so called 'Yowie Yahoo'.

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Velma (voice)
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Jasper Ridgeway / Jack / Lifeguard #1 (voice) (as Jeff Bennet)
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Harry / Stormy Weathers / Barry / Lightning Strikes / Lifeguard #2 (voice)
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Daniel Illiwara / King (voice)
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Malcolm Illiwara / Yowie Yahoo / Crocodile (voice)
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Dusk (voice)
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On vacation in Australia, Scooby and the gang attend a music contest held at Vampire Rock---where the legendary 'Yowie Yahoo' Vampire is kidnapping the musical acts, including the Hex Girls. Masquerading as heavy-metal band 'Those Meddling Kids,' Scooby and the others must discover the identity of the Vampire's minions. Written by T. Scott Montgomery <IzzyGarrish@hotmail.com>

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11 September 2004 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

Having enjoyed the last several direct-to-video installments of the Scooby Doo franchise, I have always been impressed by the fact that the writers were keen on what made the original series work and how to translate that to film. Oh sure, it was always rather corny entertainment, but you're not expecting high art from Scooby. You're expecting FUN.

And that was what I wanted from this outing, but I was rather disappointed overall. As nice as it was to see the living members of the original cast together again, the writing seemed a little stale. The in-jokes were so thick where they became tiresome by the time the credits rolled. The situations concocted for the cast frequently felt like padding instead of entertainment. Though the real kicker is the fact the conclusion managed to be too unbelievable even by Scooby Doo standards. After the more outrageous events that have transpired, the solution to the mystery of the Yowie Yahooie is far too dull, especially considering the supernatural events the last several films ended with. While it's nice to see the film end in step with the original series (proving the supernatural to be something much more mundane), it feels as though the balance isn't even enough between the supernatural facade and the reality.

However, this installment is not a total loss. Not all the in-jokes are a waste (especially one at Fred's expense when the gang is set to investigate a trailer). The riffs on various genres of music (in particular the KISS-inspired vampires) were appreciated, as was the reappearence of the Hex Girls from the second film (though they've lost a lot of their character now that they're not suspects). The hideously out of date manager inspired quite a few laughs as well.

Unfortunately, this does not take away the rather empty feeling at the end of the film. With a new series running, it's of course possinble this was more of a pilot for than a continuation of the previous films, but it's hoped this is really more of an anomaly in the series of movies and not a trend, lest we return to the likes of the franchise-toppling "Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf".


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