Van Helsing: The London Assignment

Van Helsing: The London Assignment

DVD cover
Directed by Sharon Bridgeman
Produced by John Kafka
Written by Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Judith Reeves-Stevens
Starring Hugh Jackman
Robbie Coltrane
David Wenham
Music by John Van Tongeren
Edited by Ken Solomon
Universal Cartoon Studios
Universal Home Video
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Home Video
Universal Pictures Nordic
Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • April 17, 2004 (2004-04-17) (Netherlands)
  • May 11, 2004 (2004-05-11) (United States)
  • August 25, 2004 (2004-08-25) (Norway)
  • August 27, 2004 (2004-08-27) (Japan)
  • October 14, 2004 (2004-10-14) (Poland)
  • November 27, 2005 (2005-11-27) (Italy)
Running time
33 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Van Helsing: The London Assignment is a 2004 animated film by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. It features the voices of Hugh Jackman, 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.


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