Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire

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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.

Tropes:

  • Art Shift: This movie marks the first change in the series. Starting here the films go for a flatter old-school revival art in the process departing from the darker shading and effects used previously. It also abandons the more modern cast designs used by the first four movies.
  • 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. It's especially noticeable with The Hex Girls. Their demeanors are lighter and Thorn was redesigned to be less 'scary'.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Daphne's seen in a bikini a couple of times, one of which is when she and the rest of the gang are hanging out at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Some Australian lifeguards take notice of this and start flirting with Daphne, which makes Fred jealous.
  • 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 their 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 first format with guys in masks. It's also played around with a little bit..


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