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Van Helsing: The London Assignment Reviews

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November 1, 2016
it is good to know how the movie came about from this cartoon version and then watching the real life version.
March 3, 2015
A rather dull animated short prequel about Van Helsing against Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
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May 22, 2014
In the same year that Stephen Sommers hyper animated movie burst into the cinema we also got this not quite so hyper actual animated prequel. The short story tells us what happened before Van Helsing arrived in Transylvania, his previous mission trying to capture Dr Jekyll in London...obviously.

The plot for this is a bit far out if you ask me but I guess nothing is a surprise coming from Sommers. Van Helsing is investigating a very Jack the Ripper-esque affair where by people are being mysteriously murdered horribly and seemingly drained of their life force. Its nothing very original to be frank, at first I thought they really should of just used the Ripper as the villain its such an obvious copy. The thing is, Dr Jekyll is using this life force to make and keep his love...Queen Victoria, young and beautiful so they can be together.

Yep Queen Victoria...as if right, but that's not all the story makes out that beneath Buckingham Palace there are some huge hellish fiery caves or catacombs where Dr Jekyll will live with his young Queen Vic, it looks like some kind of underground city you'd see in the old 80's cartoon Dungeons & Dragons. I know its just a prequel idea for an animation that will never see the light of day but it is suppose to be cannon and may have been made had the movie gone down better (dunno why it wasn't actually). But the plot is so dumb and feels like its been whipped up so fast just to get it out asap after the movie release.

You only have to look at the DVD cover to see how poor it is, the artwork is lame and cheap looking, mind you the animation isn't much better. It really does look like an old children's cartoon that you'd watch on a Saturday morning, there is no flair, nothing quirky or unique about it, its just plain and average looking with really drab colours and layouts. On top of that the characters don't even resemble their movie character counterparts! Van Helsing is completely different looking facially and with straight hair, where as Wenham's character is now a young looking boy or someone in his early twenties. The only character accurately depicted is Mr Hyde who is spot on. Nothing wrong with that but only if they look good, these two heroes just look generic and boring.

Basically the only reason they made this is because of the one line of dialog from the movie where Van Helsing says to Mr Hyde that he missed him in London (referring to gun shots). Mr Hyde then replies that he didn't miss, he actually hit him. So for some reason Sommers and co thought we needed to see some fast tracked back story about how Mr Hyde ended up getting shot by Van Helsing and the rest of that mission. Yeah OK not a bad idea if the mission was of any interest and not totally crap, oh and maybe if the animation was any good also. Just having the actual cast voice the characters in this doesn't mean it will be instantly worth it, the rest must be good too.
November 24, 2013
not a bad movie. If it wasn't for Hugh Jackman probably would have skipped it.
July 3, 2013
just as good as the live action film and it's a nice origin story
½ June 25, 2013
Not the prequel that it should of been, but it's still quite action packed for it's run-time. The animation is decent, minor blood, good use of characters. While it uses the voice actors from the main Movie, there's still an awkward feel when someone speaks. As a prequel, it works yet it's more or less just the same as the beginning of the main Movie. I would have been more interesting on Helsing's origin and past assignments. It still manages to keep up an interesting story though, and is entertaining enough on it's own.
May 30, 2013
want to see just for the sake of seeing it
½ March 17, 2013
this was actually EXTREMELY well made. Hugh Jackman is a superb voice actor but I honestly think that David Wenham might just have stolen the show! These 2 work amazingly well together. I liked the animation a lot. The plot is somewhat generic but the action moves it along so fast that it is scarcely noticeable. The soundtrack is actually very good as well. Really it is hard to find fault with this short follow up to the full length feature.

SUMMARY: This is good!
½ January 31, 2013
i love him in this movie.. just like the x-men movie... he is the best... and both movie was the best...
January 22, 2013
This should've started a half hour animated TV series. WAY BETTER THAN THE FILM!
½ December 25, 2012
not great but worth watchin
½ October 28, 2012
A cool little animated film that leads in nicely to the movie itself. Although some of the plot points in the film don't match with the continuity of the feature flick.
October 14, 2012
is this one any different from the uther one?
October 6, 2012
The idea of animated prequels to blockbuster genre movies is an idea that sadly did not catch on; and its a shame since this feature shows that its a worthwhile effort. For fans of the Van Helsing movie, this is pretty much all there is for them and luckily its pretty good. In many ways its better then the feature film with a much better handle on pacing as its not concerned with all the heavy exposition its feature film cousin is mired in. The story is possibly wackier then the feature film; offering a mix of Jekyll & Hyde, Jack the Ripper, and some version of Hell underneath London. If the mixing of the Hyde with the royal physician theories of the Ripper murders weren't enough, the movie's addition of a man obsessed with Queen Victoria and keeping her young makes for an original story indeed. The animation is appropriately moody and rendered with some great character designs that match the live action versions of the characters. Worth noting is that Vatican's stance in this story is that all deserve a second chance, standing in stark contrast to the order that the Frankenstein monster be destroyed in the movie proper. Fans of the feature film are sure to be pleased with this animated prequel.
½ September 19, 2012
it looks dumb but its acually pretty good
June 18, 2012
good for an animated prequal. glad they kept jackmans voice for it.
June 2, 2012
This was extremly cool! I adore Van Helsing, so it I thought it was awesome to be able to see more of the monster-hunter kicking butt!
May 23, 2012
Why do they make things so impossible to believe?
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