Hotel Transylvania features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Selena Gomez, Cee Lo Green, and Steve Buscemi. It is about the resort that Count Dracula built as a safe haven for monsters.
In the world of Hotel Transylvania, human are the scary ones who sent the monsters into hiding. It features some of the well-known ones such as Frankenstein, the Mummy, Werewolf, and the invisible Man.
During the 1890s, villagers burned down the house of Dracula, his wife and daughter Mavis. He built the hotel so that he can help protect monsters but most specially his daughter from harm. Then fast forward to the present when Mavis is about to celebrate her 18th birthday.
Hotel Transylvania has the usual push and pull between parents and their teen offspring. Selena Gomez is like her character she plays in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place because of Mavis’ rebellious nature. She wants to break free from her father’s overprotectiveness.
Sandler’s Dracula is a doting dad and a very nice guy. The character is very entertaining, which is something that Sandler is not familiar these days after doing That’s My Boy and Jack and Jill.
During Mavis’ party, the other monsters are also gathered for their annual get-together. This is where all the 3D actions of Hotel Transylvania take on full effect. The film’s basic look is stylish but the 3D effect doesn’t have its wow factor anymore.
Hotel Transylvania is the first feature movie from animator Gendy Tartakovsky. He is the genius behind Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory. It has the visual style of the series mentioned. It features physical comedy that is funny in a way. But the dialogue is very dry like a desert. Overall, it can be a crowd pleaser that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.