Western Animation: Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire
The fifth direct-to-video installment of the Scooby-Doo franchise
, Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire
was produced by Warner Bros. Animation
along with including copyright for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc.
and directed by Scott Jeralds
. Oh, wait sorry, wrong western animation
with talking dog.
Anyways, it reunites Frank Welker
, Casey Kasem
, Heather North
and Nicole Jaffe
from The New Scooby-Doo Movies
, with the sole exception of Don Messick
who passed away five years prior.
Join Scooby and Mystery Inc. as they vacation in the land Down Under
where they attend a music festival held at Vampire Rock. Unfortunately, a mystery rises when they learn a legendary Australian creature called the “Yowie Yahoo” is kidnapping musical acts and turning them into vampires. Masquerading as a heavy metal band
, the gang must survive a trio of rock-and-roll
vampires if they want to crack the mystery surrounding the legend of the vampire
- Art Shift: First direct-to-video movie to have flatter, brighter animation style, departing from the darker shading and effects used previously.
- The Cast Showoff: The whole gang as "The Meddling Kids" (their stage name as they won the rock contest), but most notably Velma, who sings the "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" theme.
- Continuity Nod: The return of the Hex Girls from Witch's Ghost.
- Lighter and Softer: It’s the first to return to the lighter tone than that of the previous four movies.
- Musical Nod: The movie brings back a lot of the soundtrack and sound effects from the older shows, which the franchise hasn't since repeated.
- Mythology Gag: In the opening sequence introducing the gang, several shots from the original 1969 opening are recreated.
- The Gang pose as a band to enter the contest as a ruse for their investigation, and one of the other bands' members snarkily asks who'd ever heard of a band with a dog in it. Early concepts for the original Scooby-Doo cartoon depicted the Gang as a traveling rock group, with a bongo-playing sheepdog as Team Pet.
- Role Reprisal: Casey Kasem went back voicing Shaggy for the rest of the Scooby-Doo direct-to-videos series until the thirteenth installment and both Heather North and Nicole Jaffe reprised their roles of Daphne and Velma, respectively. Fred still has the same voice actor.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: The first to return to the original format with guys in masks.