Western Animation / Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire

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Directed by David Block, Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire is the seventeenth direct-to-video installment for Scooby-Doo franchise.

It begins when Scooby and the gang take a road trip into bayou country to attend the “Vampire-Palooza Festival,” an outdoor fair dedicated to all things Dracula. At first it looks as if they're in for some fun and lots of Southern snacks, but events soon turn scary when a real life vampire comes to life, bursts from his coffin and threatens all the townsfolk. On top of that, this baritone blood sucker seems intent on taking Daphne as his vampire bride! Could the vampire be a descendant of a famous vampire hunter who is trying to sell his book? Or perhaps he's the local politician, who has been trying to make his name in the press by attacking the vampires as downright unwholesome. The answers are to be found in a showdown in the swamp which our heroes unmask one of their most macabre monsters yet.

Oh! It’s also worth noting this installment is the first musical.


Tropes:

  • Activist Fundamentalist Antics: Jasper Poubelle, though centered around vampires. It turns out to be more or less publicity for his mayoral campaign.
  • Animated Musical: The first of the franchise.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The opening song in the Mystery Machine.
  • Famed In-Story: Scooby and the gang. After getting caught, the villain explains that he lured them into the town because scaring people with their reputations would have increased the popularity he hoped to obtain with his hoax.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tulie.
  • Jerkass: Lita, the owner of the festival, Jasper Poubelle and Bram.
  • Lost in Character: The actors of the vampire show go way too far when it comes to being like vampires. Humorously, this leads to them being walking cliches. Lampshaded with Bram, who Daphne mentions is "one stereotype below my limit."
  • The Musical: Their first production to run off it as an actual premise. Scooby has been chased during music and broken into song before but none before this used the format.
  • My Eyes Are Leaking: Velma towards the end. The swamp gas is making her eyes water and stream down her face, making Daphne (dazed and tied to an altar) think Velma is crying.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: The vampire kidnaps Daphne to be his bride, as he seeks that of beauty and is pure of heart. Velma takes umbrage:
    Velma: You know, I'm pure of heart. Does anyone ever think of kidnapping me?!
  • Romantic False Lead: Bram.
  • Shout-Out: The sheriff is a pastiche of Don Knotts' character on The Andy Griffith Show.
    • Bram is clearly named after Bram Stroker author of Dracula.
    • Vincent Van Helsing is also named after the Van Helsing in the Dracula book but in-universe this Van Helsing is the descendant of the one from the book.
  • Take That!: Daphne and Velma are fans of "Silverlight," a series of romance novels involving trendy new modern vampires. Shaggy pegs the whole thing as silly, and one of the characters is a professor who writes folklore based vampire novels and thinks the "teen vampire craze" is silly.
  • Vampire Refugee: Played with when Shaggy thinks he's been bitten and must part company with Scooby for fear he'll turn and attack his best pal. The scene actually gets rather maudlin until it turns into a musical number about their friendship.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Swamp hermit Tulie tells Shaggy and Scooby that the vampire stole his prototype for hovering shoes. When the vampire is captured, this is never brought back up. Although in the prologue which takes place in the future he does show the audience he has possession of them. When/how this happened is never at all explained let alone shown.
    • Similarly, Jasper Poubelle and his vampire-hunting posse is never seen again. Perhaps the posse had to go home before their torches burned out.


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