It’s almost October. That means we’ll start seeing signs of Halloween in our windows and Wal Marts. This has always been special because I love the season. The most iconic images associated with the holiday are the monsters. I’m referring to guys like Dracula, Frankenstein, the wolf man and the mummy. These characters have shown up in several media from the classic novels their based off of to the black and white movies that were made and even video games that have been produced. I think children love these images because they liked to be scared. Why shouldn’t they? These creatures look terrifying and are often our result. So what do these monsters really want?
Maybe these monsters just want to relax without feeling like an outsider. A hotel exists just for them in the latest release from Sony Animation, Hotel Transylvania. This movie brings all these classic monsters under one castle where they are the guests of honor. I was intrigued by seeing that this was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. He had previously created Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Sym-Bionic Titan for Cartoon Network. All of these are nostalgic to me, and were very funny shows. I was curious to see how a feature length film would play out for Genndy Tartakovsky.
In the spirit of a classic monster mash, Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) has opened a five star hotel for all of his monster friends, but most to protect his daughter Mavis (voiced by Selina Gomez). Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters like Frankenstein's Monster (Kevin James) and his wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), Murray the Mummy (Cee Lo Green), Wayne and Wanda Werewolf (Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon), Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade), Bigfoot, The Blob, and other monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter.
But on the night before, A backpacking traveler named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) stumbles into the hotel. Not wanting the scare the other guests, Dracula disguises Jonathan as another monster and convinces Frankenstein that he is a cousin of his arm. Mavis discovers him, she is told that he is a party consultant who’s arranging the party from a young perspective. Jonathan adds some soul into the place, turning the graveyard of a hotel into a swinging wake. Even Dracula is having fun, until he sees that Mavis is falling for Jonathan. Now this deadly father needs to decide what’s better; to keep his daughter safe or let her see the world.
Hotel Transylvania comes alive when its wants to. The visual gags are hilarious, reminding me of the classic Tex Avery cartoons. The physics of cartoon violence return to the golden years, even though the animation also looks great. If only the screenplay was just as much fun. Many of the jokes are clearly aimed for kids. If a farting Frankenstein monster is what your expecting, then you’ll love this. I guess this is a good way to introduce children to the classic horror monsters. They are all easily identifiable and they all get their own scenes of laughs
I’ll give this three and a half shrunken heads out of five. Your children are gonna love this movie. Most adults will chuckle at the visual jokes, but not much is for them. Hotel Transylvania is a vacation mostly for your kids