|Van Helsing: The London Assignment|
|Directed by||Sharon Bridgeman|
|Produced by||John Kafka|
|Written by||Garfield Reeves-Stevens|
|Music by||John Van Tongeren|
|Edited by||Ken Solomon|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios Home Video|
Van Helsing: The London Assignment is a 2004 action horror animated film by Universal Studios Home Video. It features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Robbie Coltrane and David Wenham. The London Assignment is an animated prequel to the 2004 motion picture Van Helsing (released the same year). It tells of the events before the film.
Monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing and friar Carl travel to London to investigate a series of horrific, and decidedly supernatural murders, being committed by the mad scientist Dr. Jekyll, in the form of his evil alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. When tracing Hyde to his underground fortress, Van Helsing and Carl find a young woman who claims to be Queen Victoria, and they discover that Dr. Jekyll is in love with the Queen. In order to keep her young and thus immortal, she has been given a potion by Dr. Jekyll that turns her into a young woman for one night. But, in order to create the potion which causes the transformations, Dr. Jekyll needs the drained souls of his freshly killed victims and thus the killings will never stop.
Dr. Jekyll then kidnaps Victoria, using the Golden Jubilee Balloon to escape. Van Helsing uses his grappling gun to follow the balloon, then proceeds to board it. In the balloon, Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde to kill Van Helsing and crashes the balloon in the process. While fighting on the in-construction Tower Bridge, Mr. Hyde is shot through the arm but manages to escape. Upon returning Victoria to Buckingham Palace, Van Helsing says that daybreak will break the enchantment, returning her to her real age.
To reward him, Victoria kisses him, at the precise moment of daybreak, causing her old self to slap him and call for guards. Van Helsing sends word back to Vatican City about what has happened while he tracks Jekyll to Paris.
- Hugh Jackman as Gabriel Van Helsing
- Kate Beckinsale as Queen Victoria
- Lily Mo Sheen as Young Victoria
- Dwight Schultz as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Jack the Ripper
- David Wenham as Friar Carl
- Grey DeLisle as the First Victim
- John DiMaggio as Coachman
- Scott Mosenson as Palace Guard
- Alun Armstrong as Cardinal Jinette
- Roger Jackson as Drunken Gentleman
- Julia Fletcher as Lady-in-Waiting
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