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Western Animation: Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire

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:

  • Actor Allusion: This would be the third time Jim Cummings has played a stereotypical Cajun with a humorously exaggerated accent.
  • Activist Fundamentalist Antics: Jasper Poubelle, though centered around vampires. It turns out to be more or less publicity for his mayoral campaign.
  • The Cast Showoff: Daphne’s voice actress Grey DeLisle gets to show off her singing talents.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The opening song in the Mystery Machine, which is almost painful to watch.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tully.
  • Jerkass: Lita, the owner of the festival, and Graham.
  • 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 Graham, who Daphne mentions is "one stereotype below my limit."
  • The Musical: Their first.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Inverted, Matthew Lillard (Shaggy), Frank Welker (Scooby and Fred) and Mindy Cohn (Velma) do their own singing.
  • 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: Graham.
  • Shout-Out: The sheriff is a pastiche of Don Knotts' character on The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Something Completely Different: Scooby, the gang and other characters breaking into spontaneous signing and choreography with no discernible music source.
  • 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. Similarly, Jasper Poubelle and his vampire-hunting posse is never seen again.