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I've been an avid Scooby fan in the last five years. Ive followed the great dane from Zombie Island to the live action movie. Now we join him at Vampire Rock. After four quite successful animated films I had high hopes for Vampire Rock. However this film is a drastic departure from those films, as Zombie Island was from the original series. There is a nod to those films present in the form of the Hex Girls and the Cyber Chase game, but thats it. The mystery machine is now the old van and Fred has his ascot back. All that the previous films had built up has gone. On the plus side Velma's orginal voice is back and sounds fantastic. Also worth a mention is the excellent reengineering of the old Scooby Doo Where Are You? incidential music. Overall the piece feels like it is pandering too much to the general populous' preception of Scooby Doo and this does stiffle the creativity. One last thing though please if there is to be another film could have Scoot Innes back as Scooby?
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
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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Well I am and always will be a very big Scooby-Doo fan and ever since I
was young I've always enjoyed watching the great Dane along with
Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne but this movie just didn't quiet do it
for me. Through the whole movie there are unfunny gags, a very
predictable ending, and lack of a good mystery. For the first time ever
I was actually bored watching Scooby-Doo.
As Scooby-Doo and gang travel to Sydney, Austraila for a vacation they are taking in the sites and having a great time. They decide to go explore the outback, they come across a rock music festival and go check it out. When arriving in the middle of nowhere to the festival instead of relaxing and listening to good music they hear the legend of the Yowie Yahoo vampire and the missing rock band that have apparently have been turned into vampires, after they hear of the legend they are concerned and decide to try and solve the case. Unlike the previous three Scooby-Doo cartoons instead of using villains that are real, they are just a man in a mask. Along the way they are met with many unfunny jokes, predictable twists and turns, and a very predictable ending.
The plot and setting return to old fashion way by making the villain just a man in a mask. This is a part of the movie that I actually like, it gives the old Scooby-Doo feeling but that does not save the cartoon from being bad.
The storyline this cartoon follows is filled with unfunny jokes, constant flaws, and is very dragged out, the characters are not very interesting and the ending is very predictable.
Even though this cartoon isn't very good it has a very good all star voice cast such as Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Nicole Jaffe as Velma, Heather North as Daphne, and the returning Casey Kasem as Shaggy. Each voice actor does a great job at the character they are playing.
In the end Scooby-Doo and the legend of the vampire isn't the greatest movie ever made but it is far from the worst. Although not all the old big Scooby-Doo fans will like this cartoon many kids will as there are some aspects that are good. So make sure that you read reviews before renting or buying this movie as you may be disappointment but remember everyone has their own opinions.
Overall rating: **** out of **********
** out of *****
Voice actor Frank Welker is to voice acting what Lon Chaney & Lon Chaney
were to acting through layers of makeup. But while Frank has done just
everything from people to animals to special creature vocalizations to
killer robots (he voiced 13 of the original Decepticons on
to some people Frank will ALWAYS be the voice of Fred from "Scooby-Doo".
for some reason, Frank has been pulling double duty lately as both Fred
Scooby, who was previously voiced by Scott Innes, who got the job after
original voice of Scooby, Don Messick, died. Frank's still a good Fred,
despite his considerable vocal talent, his Scooby is something of a
disappointment: he never quite captures Don's Scooby pitch the way Scott
and for the most part his Scooby sounds too much like Fred. Which is
considering that Frank's been with Scooby from the beginning. That's just
one of the dis-pleasures of this entry.
The gang heads down under for vacation and ends up investigating the goings on at a rock festival which leads to a group of alleged vampires. Though colorfully drawn and full of gags, it never reaches the height of "Zombie Island", "Witch's Ghost", "Alien Invaders" and even the original show itself. The best bit is probably Fred carrying the whole gang across a rope bridge. Velma also sings with the voice of Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Still, it's nice to have the old crew back together - Nicole Jaffe as Velma, Heather North as Daphne (though technically Daphne #2) and Casey Kasem as Shaggy (who was absent from the previous entries). The "commentary" by Fred, Shaggy and Scooby is mildly amusing.
This was definitely a step backwards after two very good outings with
Invaders and Cyberchase. The problems I had with this one
1.) The group has reverted to their old van and clothing. Why? It really makes things looked dated.
2.) They need to get Innes back for Scooby. I think they knew the guy doing the voice this time didn't match well, because Scooby doesn't say a lot in this movie.
3.) Maybe it was just me, but the animation seemed to have dropped a notch in quality.
4.) The music was disappointing.
Hopefully the next release returns to the previously successful formula.
I wasn't sure if taking the gang out of their usual locale of haunted
mansions and creepy amusement parks and sending them to Australia was a
idea. While it is still a cool movie it would have worked just as well in
Death Valley than in the Outback.
The villain this time is a Vampire called Yahoo-Yahweh, a bit of stupid name. It never sounds right when the characters say it. That minor quibble aside it's another solid entry in the recent Scooby Made For TV feature-length mysteries. Frank Welker (who's birthday it is today, coincidentally) is back as Fred and Scooby and Kasey Kasem is back as Shaggy (tho Scott Innes was perfect in the previous instalments and it puzzles why he didn't do Scooby's voice in the movie). It feels like a slickly animated version of the original show. Especially considering how Warner have decked the characters in their original clothes after fans objected to the modern clothes in the previous efforts. I have no opinion on this matter.
It was cool to see the Hex Girls return and the music this time has a slightly hipper, more techno feel and lacks the orchestral fantasy of Louis Febre's scores for Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase. It's a shame there's no soundtrack CD for this one. I'd definitely buy it.
The extras consist of a childish game and a commentary by Shaggy, Scooby and Fred. Which should be fun. The DVD is presented in bright and colorful 1.33:1 full frame (as drawn) with an above average Dolby 5.1 soundtrack.
Legend of The Vampire isn't that bad, but it is a departure from the previous Scooby Doo movies, despite the clever references to Witch's Ghost and Cyber Chase. On its own merit, it is serviceable, compensated by the high-calibre voice cast, particularly Casey Kasem, and the surprisingly good animation. The script wasn't too bad if lacking in laughs at times, and the villains were good, if a little obvious at the end. It was lovely to see the Hex Girls back, and I liked Australia and the soundtrack, I love Witch's Ghost, and it is still my personal favourite of the Scooby Doo movies. Where Legend of the Vampire was lacking was with its rather formulaic plotting, the unusually slow pacing and the fact that despite the references to other Scooby movies, and the original series, it is a departure from the Scooby Doo we have come to know and love, and the ending was disappointing. Overall, despite the failings, it is serviceable entertainment, and certainly watchable. 6/10 Bethany Cox
After watching this movie I thought it was good. It could have been
better but it was not horrible unlike some other stuff tagged as
The plot was good (After Mystery Inc arrived at Vampire Rock) And it makes sense.
The return of Casey Kasem voicing Shaggy was great.
Seeing The Hex Girls as a continuing set of characters was also good (Despite their music being mellow)
The use of the classic sound effects and old music was great.
It plays like an old Scooby Doo cartoon with a few more modern elements.
The OK or bad:
The music (Except for a select few parts) Was disappointing.
Although I enjoyed seeing the gang wearing their old clothes it doesn't make sense. This takes place after "The Witch's Ghost" Where they didn't all wear their old clothes. It doesn't make much sense why Fred and Daphne would switch to their old style clothing.
In all this is a good Scooby Doo movie. It pays its dues to the original show and I would definitely recommend it to any fans of the original series and anyone who wants to watch a good Scooby Doo movie with their kids.
i wasn't overly impressed with this Scooby-Doo adventure.i found it fairly slow for the most part.i also didn't think the story was really very interesting.it just wasn't very developed,even by most animated Scooby adventures.there is also not much air of mystery in this one.i do like Scooby-Doo animated movies and i have seen some pretty good ones.this one ranks lower on the scale than most that i have seen.but there is a bit of good news.there are a few funny moments.unfortunately i didn't' think there were enough of them.this movie is just over 70 minutes,including end credits,but it seemed like a lot longer to me.i guess this movie is average at best.for me,Scooby-Doo!And the Legend of the Vampire gets a 5/10
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Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire is fun
Plot: After solving a mystery aboard a cruise ship while on a vacation to Austraila the gang, Fred (Frank Welker), Daphne (Heather North), Velma (Nicole Jaffe), Shaggy (Casey Kasem), and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) are looking forward to a relaxing vacation. They get word of a concert way out in the Outback and head on over. When they arrive they meet the concert's finalists, The Hex Girls and The Bad Omens. They also learn about the Yowie Yahoo, a vampire who is kidnapping the finalists and turning them into vampires. The gang thinks there is more to the mystery than meets the eye and agree to investigate. Their search propels them forward and learns that their is a connection between the Yowie Yahoo and a band that disappeared last year. After the Hex Girls are kidnapped the gang heads up to Vampire Rocks where the Yowie Yahoo lives to end the madness once and for all.
The Good News: For once there are some great action sequences towards the end that lead logically from one event to another. The animation is suburb for a direct-to-video and the director knew what he was doing as the film looks like it actually could be transferred into theaters. The voice cast is better than before and the returning actors and actresses have matured well into their roles and the new voices are a welcome addition. The scriptwriter designed a clever and ingenious script and the film moves along at a fast pace, never slowing down. It is also never boring and is sure to leave you hooked till the end. The addition of vampires as the monsters is nice and the setting of the outback is used to it's full purpose. This is also very straight forward and that is another bonus and it never detours from what it is supposed to be. My favorite scene has to be where Fred, Daphne, and Velma going looking for clues in the managers trailer and not only does it have a laugh that gets me every time the whole scene is a reminder of the early episodes with searching for clues or being somewhere your not supposed to be. The running time is short so it doesn't take to much time.
The Bad News: Several of the jokes where not funny and the revelation of the vampires is a throughly confusing one and takes many times before you finally get it.
Conclusion: The bad jokes and the confusing ending should not let you stop from seeing this Scooby gem as it is truly one of the best.
Rated: Not Rated
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