- This article is about the film. For other uses, see Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire (disambiguation).
Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire is the fifth in a series of direct-to-video films based upon Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo Saturday morning cartoons. It was released on VHS and DVD on March 4, 2003.
There is a legend of a vampire named the Yowie Yahoo, who lives in Vampire Rock where the "Vampire Rock Music Festival" is being set up. Many people are excited for it, but some don't think it should take place because it would anger the Yowie Yahoo. One such person is Malcolm Illiwara, but the problem is, his own grandson Daniel is the manager of the contest! One night, as Malcolm and his grandson watch a sure-to-win performer named Matt Marvelous, the Yowie Yahoo appears! The Yowie Yahoo and its three vampire minions capture Matt Marvelous and take him away. Everybody is scared, and Malcolm blames the contest for what happened.
Meanwhile, Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. arrive in Sydney, Australia for a vacation after solving the mystery of the Sea Serpent Smugglers on a cruise ship. After seeing Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach, the gang decides to go to the outback and see a music festival. When they arrive, they meet the Hex Girls (the band the gang had met before when they visited Oakhaven), who are the opening act. They also see Daniel, Malcolm, and Russell, who runs the contest with Daniel. Malcolm says he has warned Daniel about what has happened and drives off. Daniel tells them that most of the performers have left because they are too scared of the vampires. Daniel and Russell then tell them about Wildwind, a musical group who performed at the Vampire Rock Music Festival the year before. They tell the gang Wildwind put on a great performance, but only got third place. They then went into Vampire Rock to camp, but were never heard from again. There were three performers, Dark Skull, Stormy Weathers, and Lightning Strikes. Legend says that they have been turned into Vampires by the Yowie Yahoo. Daniel says he does not believe it, but then Russell reminded him that the three Vampires who were with the Yowie Yahoo when it kidnapped Matt Marvelous looked just like the members of Wildwind!
Fred decides the best way to solve the mystery is to enter the contest as a band, in order to drive the Yowie Yahoo to capture them. Russell is skeptical, but Daniel thinks it is a good idea. The Hex Girls make them look like rock stars, and soon they are on stage. While they are practicing, (but not very well), a golf cart approaches them. In it are Jasper Ridgeway, a snotty manager, and his band, the Bad Omens, who have three performers (King, Queen, and Jack). They criticize the gangs playing and make them leave the stage so they can practice. Then the gang learns that Ridgeway was once the manager of Wildwind, and says that Wildwind was the greatest band he ever managed and is sad that they disappeared. He then complains about the head and camping, and goes back to his "tent", leaving his band to practice. The gang grows suspicious of Ridgeway and thinks he might have put his band up to masquerading as vampires and getting rid of all the other performers. They split up, with Fred, Velma, and Daphne going to Jasper's trailer and Shaggy and Scooby staying at the food stands.
At the trailer, Fred, Velma, and Daphne find that Jasper has lots of mementos of Wildwind, including three copies of the suits the band members used. They also wonder why Jasper did not come to his trailer, (as they have been there); when he said he was going to. Meanwhile, Scooby and Shaggy get chased by the Wildwind Vampires, but eventually loose them. They end up back at the stage, where the Bad Omens are rehearsing. There, they witness the Yowie Yahoo and the Wildwind vampires capture the Bad Omens is the same way they captured Matt Marvelous. They tell the others. Jasper is sad they are gone, but then he says he should have gone back to his trailer, when in fact he was never there at all. Fred decides that everyone should sleep at the same place, so no one gets taken.
During the night, a band named Two Skinny Dudes arrives. They say they have been staying in Vampire Rock, but have not seen anything. Jasper quickly forgets the Bad Omens and asks Two Skinny Dudes if they wanted him to be their manager, which makes the gang suspicious. The next day the gang and Daniel go to see Malcolm. He explains how Wildwind was foolish to go into Vampire Rock. He also says how Vampires hate the sun, cannot run over running water, and cannot be seen in a picture. That night is the performance, and the Hex Girls start things off. However, the Yowie Yahoo and the Wildwind vampires appear and capture the Hex Girls! The crowd thinks it was an act, but the gang decides to investigate the rock.
Inside, Fred, Velma, and Daphne find lots of special effects equipment like fans and lights. However, they also find the Wildwind Vampires and get chased. Scooby and Shaggy get trapped by a group of dingoes. The sound of Fred, Velma, and Daphne running scares off the Dingoes, but then the whole gang gets trapped by the vampires and the Yowie Yahoo. The gang is able to avoid them until the sun comes up. The sun reflects off Scooby-Doo's collar, which shines on the Yowie Yahoo and destroys him. However, the Wildwind vampires are not affected by the sun or running over water, and give chase to the gang. The chase them until the gang and Daniel unleash a trap and capture the "vampires." Jasper and Daniel are confused at who did it, but the gang knows. After splashing water on the faces to get rid of the makeup, the gang shows that it was Two Skinny Dudes and Russell. Daniel and Jasper are surprised, but get even more surprised when the gang unmasks them and it is shown that the members of Wildwind are the actual Vampires. They explain how they wanted to start up their career, so they posed as dead and were planning to perform again. They used special effects to make the Yowie Yahoo and climbing equipment to fly around. When asked about the missing performers, they said they gave them free Great Barrier Reef scuba diving tours and sent them away. Then the Hex Girls and Malcolm show up. They say they were left in the outback because they did not want the trip, but Malcolm found them.
Daniel says that Mystery Inc.'s band is the only one left, so they win. The gang end the festival with a performance of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" to the crowd, and getting their band name, The Meddling Kids.
- Malcolm Illiwara (only appearance)
- Daniel Illiwara (only appearance)
- Hex Girls
- Jasper Ridgeway (only appearance)
- Bad Omens (only appearance)
- Yowie Yahoo (only appearance)(no lines)(projection)
- Yowie Yahoo's minions (only appearance)(no lines)(Wildwind's disguises)
- Sea Serpent Smugglers (only appearance)(no lines)(disguise)
- Matt Marvelous (only appearance)
- Bondi Beach lifeguards (only appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
- Great white shark (only appearance)(no lines)
- Australian king parrot (only appearance)(no lines)
- Emu (only appearance)(no lines)
- Frill-necked lizard (only appearance)(no lines)
- Koala (only appearance)(no lines)
- Wombat (only appearance)(no lines)
- Crocodile (only appearance)(no lines)
- Dingoes (only appearance)(no lines)
- Vampire Rock
- Sydney, Australia
- Great Barrier Reef (mentioned)
- United States (mentioned)
- Cruise ship
- The Mystery Machine
|Malcolm Illiwara||He warned his grandson against angering the Yowie Yahoo with the music festival.|
|Jasper Ridgeway||So that his band win the contest.|
|Bad Omens||To win the band contest.|
|Two Skinny Dudes||To win the band contest. At one point they were the only band left at the contest.|
|Russell as Dark Skull
Barry as Lightning Strikes
Harry as Stormy Weathers
|To win the band contest.|
|Song||Credits||Performed by||Character performance by|
|"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"||Written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh||N/A|
|"Gotta Go"||Written by Rich Dickerson|
|"Getaway Yeah"||Written by Rich Dickerson, Gigi Meroni, and Carter Armstrong||Holland Greco|
|"Hex Girl"||Written by Bodie Chandler and Glenn Leopold
Produced by Gary Lionelli and Bodie Chandler
|Kimberly Brooks, Jennifer Hale, and Jane Wiedlin||The Hex Girls|
|"Who Do Voodoo"||Written by Jane Wiedlin||Jane Wiedlin|
|"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"||Written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh||Krystal Harris||Velma Dinkley|
- This is the second appearance of the Hex Girls; they previously appeared in another DTV Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost. Due to the lightened tone of this movie compared to the former, the exact details of their previous encounter isn't brought up. Their appearance and personalities have also been toned down dramatically to be less frightening for younger audiences (and likewise for the lightened tone of this movie).
- The scuba gear Shaggy and Scooby quickly changed into while Wildwind explained they gave all the kidnapped bands free trips to the Great Barrier Reef, were the same exact ones they used in the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode A Clue for Scooby Doo.
- The bikini Daphne wore would later appear again in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode She Sees Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore. The bikini design would also appear in Reef Grief! However, the green in her bikini top and bottom was replaced with the same light purple as her headband.
- This film takes the series back to the original format in terms of the "just a guy in a mask" story. The old Hanna-Barbera sound effects (including "Castle Thunder" and remaking the 1969 background music of Ted Nichols) and the 1971 zooming HB logo at the end of the credits (but without the music) also return, and reunites the surviving cast (Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, and Heather North Kenney) of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (season two) and The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Don Messick, Scooby's original voice, died in 1997.
- This is the 1st DTV to be animated in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? animation style. However, in Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster to Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, the gang wear their clothes in What's New, Scooby Doo?
- Although the movie was released in 2003, it has a copyright year of 2002. This suggests the movie was produced and completed in 2002, but it was held over to spring 2003 due to the release of the live-action Scooby-Doo film on home video.
- On their way to Vampire Rock, Scooby & Shaggy are playing what appears to be a video game based on Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase from the previous film, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.
- The shark biting away at Scooby and Shaggy's surfboard is a reference to the opening to The Scooby-Doo Show (originally taken from There's a Demon Shark in the Foggy Dark) when a shark bites away at Scooby's water skis, complete with identical sound effect.
- Velma's revealed to love singing (as well as having a beautiful singing voice) but claims that she doesn't like singing in front of so many people, as she suffers from stage fright.
- This is the last animated movie to make use of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! theme song, so it seems befitting that the gang would be the ones to perform it. The song would later return in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Scoobynatural, and SCOOB!. Along with a short variation of the song as the theme song for Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
- Kasem and Welker did an audio commentary as Shaggy, Scooby, and Fred, for one of the DVD special features. (During the opening credits, Shaggy humorously remarks, "Who's this, Casey Kasem, as Shaggy; I'm me, and I play myself, and Scooby wants to know who this Frank Welker is.")
- The Yowie is actually supposed to be a bipedal ape-like creature similar to Bigfoot and the Yeti.
- The previous film, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, this film, and the next film, Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico were dedicated to Hanna-Barbera co-founder William Hanna.
- Velma has a problem with high-heels.
- Scooby Snacks bribe:
- "Ruh-roh" count:
- "Zoinks" count:
- "Jeepers" count:
- "Jinkies" count:
- Running gags: Each time Shaggy plays his guitar, a string breaks.
- At the end of the movie, where the dingoes are howling, one of them is holding it's leg in the air. This is an exact reference to the animated DTV Balto II: Wolf Quest, where Aleu would hold her leg in the air when she howled.
- Aboriginal folklore does tell of a hairy humanoid marsupial, more akin to Bigfoot or the Yeti. It is most commonly referred to in English as the Yowie (name first used in the 20th century), but there are claims it is more correctly called a Yahoo (name first used in the 19th century). Like Bigfoot, some have tried, unsuccessfully, to hunt it down. The creature is not normally associated with vampires.
- A creature from Aboriginal folklore with a similar name, which is vampiric, is the Yara-ma-yha-who.
- Scholastic published a novelization using the same name on March 1, 2003. It was adapted by Jesse Leon McCann.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- None known.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- The accents of Malcolm, Daniel, and Russell are that of New Zealanders and not of Australians.
- While you can pay to climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are no telescopes on the top, and you can't see Bondi Beach from there.
- Australia has no native cats (aside from domesticated and feral cats), and the dingos seen in this movie look more like wolves rather than what they truly should look like (large golden-yellow dogs with curved tails).
- It is never explained how the Yowie Yahoo could use lightning beams to pull the performers up to him when he would attack and kidnap the bands.
- Some scenes show cars driving on the right, but this is set in Australia, where cars drive on the left. Similarly, as the Mystery Machine is a left hand drive vehicle it needs special permission to drive on some Australian roads.
- Malcolm is shown sending smoke signals. This is a tradition of Native Americans, not indigenous Australians.
- It seems strange that Jasper wouldn't recognize Wildwind without their makeup, considering that he used to be their manager and should have at least one time seen the band without their makeup.
- In real life, female red kangaroos are bluish-gray, and have pouches. The males (which are reddish-orange) don't have a pouch.
- When Russell and the Two Skinny Dudes are unmasked and Daphne makes them up into their Wildwind look, she is shown doing so with a single small makeup brush, but it doesn't explain how she was able to make Stormy Weathers and Lightning Strikes's hair longer when making them up, as their true hairstyles were shown to be noticeably shorter.
- Dark Skull claims that Wildwind "didn't really kidnap anybody", but sending the Bad Omens and Matt Marvelous on free, consensual vacations doesn't erase taking the bands away against their will. They also abandoned the Hex Girls in the middle of nowhere, presumably without food or water, which could've endangered the latter's lives.
In other languages
|Russian||Скуби-Ду! И легенда о Вампире||Scooby Doo! And the Legend of the Vampire|
|Turkish||Scooby Doo ve Vampir Efsanesi||Scooby-Doo: And the Vampire Legend|
|Greek||Ο Scooby-Doo και ο θρύλος του Βρικόλακα||Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire|
|Polish||Scooby-Doo i Legenda Wampira||Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire|
- Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire VHS released by Warner Home Video on March 4, 2003.
- Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire DVD released by Warner Home Video on March 4, 2003.
- Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire Blu-ray Disc released by Warner Home Video on March 12, 2013.
- Buy from Amazon Video (US)