Adam Sandler and his entourage are invading animation now.
“Hotel Transylvani”a is the new film from director Genndy Tartakovsky, who was the director of the cartoon show “Dexter’s Lab.” The film is basically a play on the Universal Monsters from the 40s, with Dracula (Sandler) running a hotel for monsters. Frequent guests are Frankenstein (James) and the wolfman, in this movie named Wayne (Buscemi).
For the most part life is pretty normal for the monsters except that Dracula has a teenage daughter named Mavis (Gomez) who wants to explore the outside world; however Dracula feels it’s important to keep his daughter safe so Mavis is not allowed to leave the castle.
Dracula’s plan to keep the outside world away from Mavis get thrown into mayhem though as a young hiker named Jonathan (Samberg) makes a surprise visit to the hotel.
The story of “Hotel Transylvania” is very simple, however director Tartakosvky is able to make the film fun and enjoyable. There are many gags that actually give good laughs. It is by no means close to some of the better animated films we’ve seen over the years, however the film is still pretty strong and for the most part satisfying.
The characters are actually pretty well done here too. Sandler and many others in the “Sandler Crew” keep themselves under control here; they don’t go into some of their regular roles from other movies. They manage to play the characters the way they are meant to be played.
The animation looked good; it had a bit of uniqueness to it. The character designs were original and for the type of silly world that it took place in, the designs worked.
Overall, Hotel Transylvania is an OK movie. It’s not on par with other animated movies from the likes of Pixar, however it is still enjoyable. 3 out of 5.