While the year has seen plenty of animated movies, none have been quite technically path breaking or particularly thematically endearing. So arrives Adam Sandler with the exceptional talents of Genndy Tartakovosky to give us only the second full length animated feature of his career, 'Hotel Transylvania'. Tartakovosky is the man behind many animated show classics such as 'Dexter's Laboratory' , 'The Powerpuff Girls' and 'Samurai Jack' amongst many others. Unfortunately this animated movie doesn't quite bear his usual stamp of quality and rather seems far too influenced by executive producer Adam Sandler's usual brand of humour.
Count Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) lives in Hotel Transylvania with his daughter Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez). After the death of his wife at the hands of some pitchfork and torch bearing villagers he decided to construct a hotel that acts like a sanctuary for all kinds of monsters so they can be safe from humans. Mavis however craves to go out and see the world but Dracula carefully manipulates her first outing to a nearby village and she returns disheartened realising that everything her father said about the â€œevilâ€ humans is true. Dracula's relief however is short-lived as a young human backpacker; Johnny (voice of Adam Sandberg) arrives at the hotel and turns things on their head. Dracula can't let the other monster guests know a human is in their midst else they'll stop believing in the sanctity of the hotel. Mavis however takes a shine to Johnny and his tales of having travelled the world but doesn't know that he is human.
The themes of differentiation and alienation are tackled in the movie but there's no real struggle for the characters. Though the father-daughter relationship holds its share of moments, it isn't quite fleshed out enough; however like I said, it does have its moments.
Numerous references to peeing, farting and other bodily functions are scattered throughout, but knowing Adam Sandler is involved it doesn't surprise me. Plenty of chase sequences made purely to excite the little ones and show off some of that tepid 3D abound and really add nothing to the story overall.
The movie does contain a few nice touches like the hotel's cook, Quasimodo (voice of Jon Lovitz) a French chef with a bad temper and penchant for human delicacies. Almost like trying to spoof Ratatouille, he even has a similar looking pet rat and runs a restaurant called 'Hunchbacks'. The climatic journey through a monster festival and the bit on a plane in the end containing a hilarious twilight reference are pretty funny.
'Hotel Transylvania' contains some decent animation and an underwhelming plot with some gross out potty humour but it also has some smart in-jokes about monster movies; however that alone isn't enough to recommend this movie. Avoid it in theatres.view less