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Van Helsing: The London Assignment (2004)

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4/10: Van Helsing: The London Assignment...
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Van Helsing: The London Assignment 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...

6/10: I did like it though...
Thursday, December 26, 2013

I did like it though it needs to be seen as its own I think This was actually a really interesting storyline, acting similar to a prequel for the live action movie. (And if you have not seen the live action show, then go and see it!) Yet, if you haven't seen the actual live action show, you will not miss anything in this one. Helsing is sent on assignment by the Vatican to find a killer in London who was using dark arts. I love how they created the story, making some things seem as though they lumped Jack the Ripper and Hyde together.There are some problems I have with the cartoon vs. Live action though. In the cartoon, they give Hyde a reason for killing the people he did, he killed only women and took their souls to make the Queen young. In the Live action, he has killed numerous people including men and animals along...

6/10: One Hel of a show...
Saturday, June 27, 2009

One Hel of a show Considering the very cartoony nature of the Van Helsing movie, it is not surprising that Van Helsing would translate better to animation than in a live action film.The writing and plot in this short animated film is on par with the actual movie(campiness and corny humour included) and serves as a lead in to the opening act of Van Helsing. Though its about a mysterious string of supernatural murders, the film eschews mystery in favor of straight forward action. Most of the time is spent on elaborately animated chase sequences.Which brings me to the animation. Boasting a dark gritty look, CGI backgrounds blended seamlessly with the cel drawn characters, the animation is really well done stuff in this case. Though the level of detail on the character models are quite minimal, the CGI backgrounds are rich and full of body and texture and the animation itself is smooth, utilizing a decently high...

10/10: Yes it's awesome When...
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Yes it's awesome When I heard that a anime prequel to Van Helsing was release I had to check it out.Van Helsing 2004 is one of my favorite films and this film was a good one as well. Van Helsing: The London Assignment is a prequel to the events of Van Helsing the movie where Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde was the first villain of the film this one helps explain how they first met.Hugh Jackman reprise his role as Van Helsing in this anime prequel to the film.In this anime the story is that Van Helsing must investigate a series of murders where women have been drain of their life force. When Dr. Jekyll begins to make a formula to restore the youth of the Queen.The animators made sure to keep the film in the dark setting since the story plot is dark as well.They really took the time to make the shadow effect...

4/10: Didn't do much for...
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Didn't do much for me "The London Assignment" is an animated short film that runs for roughly half an hour and came out almost the exact same time as the movie about the title character Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman also does the voice acting in this one here and there are a couple more familiar names such as Robbie Coltrane from the Harry Potter movies or Tara Strong who has been extremely prolific in voice acting for a long time now. Unfortunately, I was not impressed really by any of the aspects in this film. That includes the story, the characters and the animation. The only thing that director Sharon Bridgeman sort-of succeeded with was making this a fairly atmospheric watch and it was an interesting combination of the supernatural aspects and very traditional aspects history-wise such as Queen Victoria. But that's pretty much it. I would recommend this only to the most hardcore fans of...

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