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Van Helsing: The London Assignment (2004)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Action | Video 11 May 2004
In this animated prequel to the Van Helsing movie, Van Helsing travels to London to deal with the mischievous Dr. Jekyll.

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Mr. Hyde (voice)
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Carl (voice)
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First Victim (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
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Dr. Jekyll (voice)
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Drunken Gentleman (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
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Young Victoria (voice)
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In this animated prequel to the Van Helsing movie, Van Helsing travels to London to deal with the mischievous Dr. Jekyll.

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Carl is left behind as Van Helsing chases Mr. Hyde, which leads to them doing battle on the train. Van Helsing travels a fair distance across London, but when the trains crash and Van Helsing dismounts the train, Carl pops up from out of nowhere. How did he get across London so quickly? See more »

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Gabriel Van Helsing: [adjusting the last touches on Carl as he is dressed as a woman to be bait for Mr.Hyde] Could you stop squirming?
Carl: If you had bougth me the proper sized corset I wouldn't have to squirm!
Gabriel Van Helsing: There. A vision of loveliness.
Carl: I told the cardinal when he got your cable, I am not a field man!
Gabriel Van Helsing: There isn't much danger of you being mistaken as any kind of man, Carl!
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Better than the movie. Like most things.
29 August 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It occurs to me that Universal missed a trick with "Van Helsing: The London Assignment" - this animated featurette may as well have been released with "Van Helsing" as a supporting feature. On the other hand, that might not have been the best idea, since this is considerably easier to get through than the overblown and underinteresting movie... if only because there's less of it.

Essentially setting up the Parisian showdown between Van Helsing and Mr. Hyde that kicks off the live-action extravaganza, the short subject indulges in the same advantage-taking of famed fictional characters as the movie - like the appalling Anthony Perkins vehicle "Edge Of Sanity," writers Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens take the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and add a bit of Jack the Ripper to the mix - and the same over-the-top action, only with plenty of Asian-flavoured animation in its scenes of violence and murder.

Having Hugh Jackman, David Wenham and Robbie Coltrane repeating their roles from the movie (our hero, his assistant Carl and Mr. Hyde respectively) helps, and it's dramatically done, but the movie's biggest plus is that it's more straightforward and less determined to throw everything into the mix than the movie. It passes the time, but with the necessarily abrupt ending and the feeling that this is little more than a(nother) tie-in, it's hard not to be relieved that there won't be a sequel or a followup TV series. Then again, there's a sequel to "Baby Geniuses"...


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