Singing vampires join Scooby Doo

David Page, Columnist

I bet a lot of people would find the idea of a Scooby Doo musical being kind of odd, right, given that the entire franchise is based on the idea of four kids and their talking Great Dane going off and solving mysteries.
But “Scooby Doo: Music of the Vampire” seems to be able to find a way to make it work in its own way.
The short version is this: Velma, voiced by Mindy Cohn, decides that the group should take a break from solving mysteries involving people in costumes so she brings the gang on a vacation to…a vampire convention (yeah, I know).
But there, they find out that there is a true-blue vampire there named Count Valdronya, voiced by Jeff Bennett, is out on the loose. So Fred (voiced by Frank Welker), Daphne (voiced by Grey DeLisle), Velma, Shaggy (voiced by Matthew Lillard) and Scooby have to stop the vampire before anyone is harmed.
As a Scooby Doo film, this has all you will want for the old gang: It has good humor, a lot of good Scooby and Shaggy moments, and the investigation you’d expect from this team of teen sleuths.
There is also a good bit of moments where they talk about different Vampire bits in media, from a parody of the Twilight Series to even Count Valdronya himself, who seems be based on the idea of Dracula; heck, the guy who has this vampire under his care is named Van Helsing (Yeah, I know).
As for the music, it’s all pretty good save for a few. The first song, Bayou Breeze, acts as the opener to any musical and helps take us into the film.
Then there’s Done with Monsters, which is a pretty up-beat song in which the gang sings about their vacation, and also gets a reprise later on. Those two are some of the better songs, as the other ones aren’t as enjoyable and are actually quite boring to listen to.
With all of this in mind, this film is quite a treat this Halloween with the other Scooby Doo films.
This film, in rating, is 4 out of 5 stars.
If you don’t like Scooby Doo, I’d avoid this film. But if you do, then you’ll love this film and it’s great to watch during the upcoming Halloween season.

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