Van Helsing - The London Assignment (Animated)
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The dialogue is usually pretty clever, even Hyde gets in a few funny lines.
The action is refreshingly American, meaning no stupid "action lines" in the background, or still action. Using Robbie Coltrane and Hugh Jackman (not to mention Dave Wenham) as primary voices added star power, and Jackman does a good job (you can feel his voice and personality overtake the animated Van Helsing).
The special features (including a making of the game featurette, which shows them converting the movie story to the game, and some sweet action scenes; a making of the movie featurette, which is good enough to be included on the motion picture itself, even if Josie Moran is extremely irratating; the animatics can only be appreciated by animators themselves). The interviews with Hugh Jackman are a nice insight into the character of Van Helsing, as well as Jackman himself. Interesting stuff, even if a little "fluffy", as one reviewer put it.
Overall, worth at least a rental (I bought it). A valuable addition to your collection of Van Helsing items, and fun to watch (over and over again in my case; 4 times in the rental period).
Also worth mentioning are the bonus features on the disc. There is a fairly good making-of documentary that is approximately thirty minutes long. It has plenty of snippets of cast/crew interviews. There is a *very* brief (as in three-four minutes:-() interview of Hugh Jackman as well as another short documentary about the making of the "Van Helsing" video game. The only truly "London Assignment"-related bonus feature contrasts the early storyboard sketches with the final product.
Bottom Line: Entertaining for Hugh Jackman fans and "Van Helsing" fans. Definitely worth renting at least once, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it (well, not yet at least;-)).
VAN HELSING: THE LONDON ASSIGNMENT is not a cartoon meant for the really young. It shows a lot of violence and includes some sexual induendo. Were it a live action piece, it would garner a PG-13 movie rating.
When viewing the piece as a whole, it seems somewhat choppy and spliced together as though it were a television show. Which in fact is what this animated feature is intended to be. THE LONDON ASSINGNMENT isn't just a prequel to the successful movie, it's also the pilot for a planned animated series.
The DVD includes several extra features: a "Behind the Scenes" look at the movie, movie storyboards for the animated story, a making of look at the animated story, and a making of look at the Van Helsing video game. The extra features might not seem like much, but for a 33 minute cartoon, it's quite a lot of stuff. Overall, a nice gift for anyone who likes VAN HELSING.
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it was a cartoon and I thought it was an actual movie. I haven't even watched it because i was so disappointed it was animated.Published 11 months ago by Jenny
Great animation, fun story line to continue the Van Helsing fun. Love that the actors all stayed in the parts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ken Hoskinson
The graphics of Van Helsing are nice, however, the story-line is a little weak and too short. I was hoping for a longer story with a little more dept. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Typically, I hate anything animated. But as a huge Van Helsing fan I had to buy this. Really ended up loving it! Read morePublished 19 months ago by ElaineSelene
Great prequel to van helsing. Great anime. Plus it's. Graat action. Hugh Jackmon. Did a excellent voice over. You guys will enjoy itPublished 20 months ago by John Fedeyko
What can I say, I watch the original movie "Van Helsing" and this movie was every bit as good... Two thumbs up!!Published 24 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
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