Van Helsing: The London Assignment
DVD cover
Directed bySharon Bridgeman
Written byGarfield Reeves-Stevens
Judith Reeves-Stevens
Based onDracula
by Bram Stoker
Produced byJohn Kafka
StarringHugh Jackman
Tress MacNeille
Tara Strong
Robbie Coltrane
David Wenham
Dwight Schultz
Edited byKen Solomon
Music byJohn Van Tongeren
Distributed byUniversal Studios Home Video
Release dates
  • April 17, 2004 (2004-04-17) (Netherlands)
  • May 11, 2004 (2004-05-11) (United States)
Running time
33 minutes
CountryUnited States

Van Helsing: The London Assignment is a 2004 American action horror animated short film by Universal Studios Home Video.[1][2] It features the voices of Hugh Jackman, Tress MacNeille, Robbie Coltrane and David Wenham. The London Assignment is an animated prequel to the 2004 motion picture Van Helsing (released the same year).[3][4] It tells of the events before the film. It was animated by Universal Cartoon Studios, Production I.G, and Sunwoo Entertainment.[5]

The short film received mostly positive reviews, with some noting it to be a significant improvement to that of the original film.[6][7]


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. 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.

Voice cast


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  2. ^ "Cool Zone Submitted for your approval: Van Helsing: The London Assignment". 11 May 2004.
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  4. ^ "We're giving away 'Van Helsing: The London Assignment'!". 11 May 2004.
  5. ^ "Van Helsing: The London Assignment Company Credits". IMDb. Archived from the original on May 7, 2023. Retrieved September 4, 2004.
  6. ^ "Van Helsing: The London Assignment DVD review | Exclaim!".
  7. ^ "Van Helsing: The London Assignment".