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The Little Vampire is a 2000 comedy-horror film based on the children's book series of the same name.

Tony is a 9-year old boy who recently moved to Scotland from California. One night, Tony meets a young vampire boy named Rudolph. Rudolph is on the run from a vampire hunter named Rookery. Tony helps the weakened Rudolph by letting him feed on neighboring cattle. This starts a friendship between the two boys. When Rudolph tells Tony of his family's desire to become human again, Tony becomes set on helping them.

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  • Adaptational Nationality: Tony is an American but in the book he's German.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Anton Bohnsack is renamed Tony Thompson.
    • Rüdiger Von Schlotterstein is renamed Rudolph Sackville-Bagg. His younger sister Anna keeps her first name, but his older brother Lumpi der Starke is renamed Gregory Sackville-Bagg.
    • Rüdgier's parents Ludwig der Fürchterliche and Hildegard die Durstige are renamed Frederick and Freda Sackville-Bagg.
    • Geiermeier becomes Rookery.
  • Age Lift: Rüdiger is 10 in the books, while Rudolph is 9.
  • The Bully: Flint and Nigel are two boys who bully Tony at his new school.
  • But Not Too Foreign: The film is a German-Dutch-American production. It takes place in Scotland, but Tony only just recently moved there from America.
  • Just Whistle: Anna gives Tony a good luck charm (dead mouse), and tells him to whistle if he ever needs her help. He later does so when Rookery shuts him in a coffin, and Anna, as promised, shows up to let him out.
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  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Rudolph and Anna have been stuck mentally and physically children for 300 years, which they dislike. Gregory arguably has it the worst as he's been stuck in puberty this entire time.
  • Puppy Love: There's Ship Tease between 9-year old Tony and Rudolph's sister Anna.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires drink human blood, but can survive on animal blood or — if necessary — eggs as well. They are afraid of the sun and it remains uncertain if sun light would kill them, since the psychologist's desensibilisation program is never tested in practice. A spear through the heart would kill these vampires (as well as any living creature) and they don't like garlic. Throughout the day, the vampires in this story are unable to move and look dead for the curious observer. Their powers include: Telekinesis (Freddy can shut a door without even looking at it), super strength (Rudolph can shove a wardrobe in front of a door, while Frederick can lift a person by just two fingers under a chin), hypnosis, flight, and shape-shifting.
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  • Undead Child: Rudolph and his two siblings have been dead since the 1700s.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: With the exception of Greg, the Sackvilles prefer cattle. Drinking human blood is technically cannibalism.

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