Hotel Transylvania FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation present a 91 minute, PG, 3D animation, family, comedy, fantasy, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel, story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman with a theater release of September 28, 2012.
Dracula’s wife who he met in Hawaii and married years later was killed in a castle fire but Dracula was able to escape with their baby. The year is 1895 and Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) is raising a young baby girl named Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez) all alone, teaching her how to walk, fly as a bat and never to go outside the castle walls. Present day and the monster guests are arriving to Hotel Transylvania in honor of celebrating little Mavis’s 118th birthday. Murray the Mummy (voice of Cee Lo Green), Frankenstein (voice of Kevin James), Eunice (voice of Fran Drescher), Wayne (voice of Steve Buscemi), Wanda (voice of Molly Shannon), Griffin (voice of David Spade), Quasimodo (voice of Jon Lovitz), Suit of Armor (voice of Brian George), Fly (voice of Chris Parnell), Skeleton (voice of Rob Riggle), Zombie (voice of Paul Brittain), Gremlin Man (voice of Jonny Solomon) and an array of many other odd and spooky monsters are all on the guest list for the big annual celebration.
Dracula has always tried to instill on Mavis that humans are evil villains but a promise is a promise and dad promised Mavis that on her 118th birthday she could go out into the world. Dracula thought he had a good plan for Mavis to wonder into the village outside the cemetery boundaries but like most lies the truth eventually comes out. It just so happens that this truth followed a group of zombies back to the castle and its name was Jonathan (voice of Andy Samberg) a human hiker. Not the brightest lantern on a dark scary night but albeit cute and naïve. Actually the party filled with charades, bingo and pool exercises really did not get started until Jonathan arrived. At first he thinks it’s a costume party but shortly thereafter discovers that these creatures are not wearing costumes.
Dracula cannot let anyone find out that a human has found his way to the party so he convinces Jonathan to pose as the party planner, a distant right arm relative to Frankenstein. Some permed red hair and make-up can really go a long way! That is until Quasimodo and his sidekick rat smell a human and try to expose the reality of an evil human. One problem though besides the fact that Jonathan is human is that Mavis has taken a ‘zing’ for him and Dracula does his best to make him leave. People can change and it’s the 21st century and after a trip to the real human village, Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy and some others discover that in this day and age they are legends and no longer threats to human kind. And a romantic tale of boy meets girl, gets girl, loses girl, it takes dad to fly like a bat out of hell to find Jonathan and reunite a new generation of true love.
This film was extremely entertaining and well worth the box office price to take the family for a timely treat as a lead into the Halloween season. Superbly directed and written along with a great cast of voiced actors this film will literally leave you in stitches and wanting more than the 91 minutes you already get to enjoy. A nice story for the kids and some great writing for the adult mind and this film is truly a fun experience for all. Written and enjoyed with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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