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|Van Helsing - The London Assignment |
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Robbie Coltrane, David Wenham, Grey DeLisle, Dwight Schultz
Director: Sharon Bridgeman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
Combining thrilling adventure and cutting edge animation, Van Helsing: The London Assignment is the original prequel that unlocks the incredible story behind Van Helsing and Mr. Hyde. Deep in the heart of London, the demon... more »
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Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 5/3/2008...
This is an original animated film. It will thrill you with cutting edge visuals and non-stop action. Experience a Van Helsing adventure that takes place before the events of the blockbuster film.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dee Dee M. from SANTA NELLA, CA
Reviewed on 4/3/2008...
This is animated. Not for adults. Probably ok for children.
2 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Typical of genre but good...
Lamia Jack | 11/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Reminds me a lot of just about all superhero cartoons. Interesting mixture of American animation and Japanese coloring and pencils, enhanced with computer animation (very cool!). The story is a little stretched, and doesn't make much sense (concerning the reason Hyde would want to make the queen younger; hello, he's still an old fart headed to a grave), but it held my interest and was nicely traditional but original.
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)."
Leanna | South Deerfield, MA USA | 07/06/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being a Hugh Jackman fan and having only recently heard about "The London Assignment," the short animated prequel to the film "Van Helsing," I decided to see what it was like. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The animation was better than I expected and much easier to watch than the animation in some of the segments of "The Animatrix." I also was intrigued by the story of Van Helsing's struggle against Mr. Hyde. It gave much needed background and meaning to the Paris chase sequence of the film and introduced viewers to Van Helsing's connection to Carl. I really wish that I had seen "The London Assignment" before I saw "Van Helsing" in theaters. However, the most enjoyable aspect of "The London Assignment" was the fact that the principal actors (Jackman, David Wenham, Robbie Coltrane) lent their voices to their respective characters. The dialogue was similar to that in the movie, especially between Van Helsing and Carl. :-)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;-))."
Better bonus features then features.
thebaird | Oak Park, IL United States | 05/12/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a 30 minute cartoon explaining why the movie "Van Helsing" begins in Paris with Van Helsing fighting Mr. Hyde. There is no need to go any deeper into the plot. What's worse than the plot is the animation, which is flat and looks cheep. It's so bad that the computer animated components stick out very badly in some of the scenes and clash with the backgrounds. If you are expecting quality along the lines of The Animatrix or HBO's Spawn series, lower your standards a bit. You will be less disappointed if you are expecting the quality of an after school special. The actors who play Van Helsing and Carl provide the voices for their animated counterparts which prevents the cartoon from being a complete waste of time. However, this was not directed by Stephen Sommers, but by former a story board artist, Sharon Bridgeman and it shows. The animation is stiff, but the backgrounds look good. The best thing about this DVD is the 30 minute feature on how they made the Van Helsing movie. It's far better then the cartoon. I can't recommend buying this DVD unless it's a freebie shrinked wrapped with the Van Helsing DVD when it's released. It's worth a rental if you have a coupon for a free rental."