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Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

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Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez


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Samurai Jack's Genndy Tartakovsky directed this animated tale concerning a hotel where monsters such as Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler), the Invisible Man (David Spade), Frankenstein (Kevin James), and his bride (


Samurai Jack's Genndy Tartakovsky directed this animated tale concerning a hotel where monsters such as Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler), the Invisible Man (David Spade), Frankenstein (Kevin James), and his bride (Fran Drescher), along with a host of others, head to relax from a world full of humans. When a young man (Andy Samberg) stumbles onto the resort and falls for Drac's teenage daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), comedy high jinks ensue. Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, and Molly Shannon also lend their voices.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Emmy Award-winning animator and Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky makes his feature directorial debut with Hotel Transylvania, an endearing tale about an overprotective Dracula intent on sheltering his beloved daughter from the vicious humans who killed her mother. The result is a film that will tickle parents with a soft spot for creature features while it puts a good-humored spin on familiar monster lore. Brimming with a sense of dynamic visual energy courtesy of Tartakovsky, and bursting with ghoulish gags thanks to screenwriters Robert Smigel and Peter Baynham, it falls back on current trends a bit too much to be called a true original, but succeeds at showing impressionable young viewers a playful side of the silver screen's most memorable monsters. His beloved wife killed by monster-hating humans, a grieving Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) vows to protect his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) by building a massive hotel where no human will ever set foot. As a result, the Hotel Transylvania becomes the most popular vacation destination for monsters of all shapes and sizes. Everyone from Frankenstein (Kevin James) to Wayne the Wolfman (Steve Buscemi) to Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade) all have a warm bed waiting for them at the hotel, but this year, the appearance of a wide-eyed backpacker named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) threatens to turn Mavis' 118th birthday bash into a total disaster. Incensed as Dracula is at the prospect of a human stumbling into his monster safe haven, he attempts to pass off Jonathan as a party planner and distant relative of Frankenstein's, but finds his plan falling apart when Mavis develops a crush on the mortal newcomer while dreaming of life outside of the sprawling castle she's never left. Infused with a kinetic sense of energy thanks to the talented Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania is a visual treat for eyes both young and old. With whimsical character designs and carefully detailed sets, Tartakovsky and company make the most of the animated format as the camera frenetically whips and cranes around the castle, and the creatures casually execute moves that would be particularly difficult in a live-action film. Although the scatological humor of the early scenes may leave some parents fearing that co-writers Smigel and Baynham have set their sights squarely at the lowest common denominator, the nuances gradually begin to show when Jonathan recounts his journey in a clear reference to the plot of Bram Stoker's Dracula. And once the festivities get underway, the writers fire off a barrage of classic monster jokes as Jonathan scrambles to maintain his creepy alter ego, and control freak Dracula loosens up while learning that being a good parent means knowing when to let go. Admittedly, the concept of monsters as the good guys and humans as the villains is nothing new in the realm of movies, but Tartakovsky keeps things moving along at a satisfying pace as the stellar voice cast have a field day with their iconic characters. And though James and Buscemi get the majority of the best lines as, respectively, Frankenstein and Wayne, honorable mention goes to Fran Drescher for her portrayal of Frank's bride Eunice as a stereotypical Jersey Shore housewife; Chris Parnell as the Fly; and Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo, the house cook who longs to whip up some Jonathan stew. And though even the most patient of parents will groan like the undead when Dracula starts singing with a vocoder during the obligatory dance number at the end, the little ones aren't likely to be nearly as cynical, making this one mad monster party that's well-worth attending.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Goodnight Mr. Foot mini-movie - G; directed and animated by Genndy Tartakovsky; "Problem (Monster Remix)" by Becky G featuring wil-i-am - music video and behind the scenes; Deleted scenes; Filmmaker's commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Dracula
Andy Samberg Jonathan
Selena Gomez Mavis
Kevin James Frankenstein
Fran Drescher Eunice
Steve Buscemi Wayne
Molly Shannon Wanda
David Spade Griffin, the Invisible Man
Ceelo Greene Murray the Mummy
Jon Lovitz Quasimodo
Brian George Suit of Armor
Luenell Shrunken Heads
Jim Wise Shrunken Head,Hydra
Brian Stack Pilot
Chris Parnell Fly
Jackie Sandler Martha
Sadie Sandler Winnie,Young Mavis
Robert Smigel Fake Dracula,Marty
Rob Riggle Skeleton Husband
Paul Brittain Zombie,Hydra
Jonny Solomon Hydra,Gremlin Man
Craig Kellman Hydra,Guy in Crowd
Brian McCann Hydra,Hairy Monster
James Williams Foreman

Technical Credits
Genndy Tartakovsky Director
Catherine Apple Editor
Peter Baynham Screenwriter
Lydia Bottegoni Co-producer
Allen Covert Executive Producer
Todd Durham Original Story
Dan Hageman Original Story
Kevin Hageman Original Story
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
Liza Richardson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Lukas Art Director
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Michelle Murdocca Producer
John Pospisil Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Robert Smigel Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Noelle Triaureau Art Director
Marcelo Vignali Production Designer

Scene Index

1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16


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Hotel Transylvania 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DarcyLizzy More than 1 year ago
The only reason I didn't give this movie 5 stars was because there is a long segment that is too violent with zombies being set on fire. It just wasn't for children, but the rest of the movie was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great movie! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Review title: Are You Really 118? Mavis has reached another birthday and would like to explore the world outside of the "castle." Step inside the "castle" and see what happens on Mavis' birthday celebration weekend. The laughs begin when Drac tries to entertain Mavis and the guests for the "BIG" birthday bash. This DVD is great for a family (children over age eight) movie night. Even though the storyline is not original the "spin" put on this storyline is entertaining and fun. The soundtrack is to "die" for, a really great musical backdrop; gets you in the mood to "jump up" and dance. :) :)