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In 2012, Sony brought a monster mash to the big screen with Hotel Transylvania, an animated comedy take on classic monsters that featured Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, Kevin James as Frankenstein’s monster, and many more. With the sequel due out next fall, a new addition to the voice cast has been announced: the legendary Mel Brooks, who will voice Dracula’s vampire father, Vlad.
Deadline reports that Mel Brooks will voice Vlad, a character with a serious grumpy side (though he’s smiling in the photo shown above). As many fans of Bram Stoker’s Dracula know, the real life 15th century ruler, Vlad III Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler, helped inspire the Count Dracula character.
Brooks is no stranger to portraying classic monsters in a comedic way, having helmed and co-written Young Frankenstein 40 years ago. Brooks also directed, co-wrote, and co-starred as Professor Van Helsing in »
- Derek Anderson
The actor will voice the character of Vlad in the animated sequel, Deadline reports.
Vlad is described as "the very old and grumpy vampire father" of Dracula, who is voiced by Adam Sandler.
Speaking about his character, Brooks said: "He's been around for eons and he's a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me."
2012's Hotel Transylvania earned about $360 million (£228m) at the global box office, and also earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released on September 25, 2015.
Watch a trailer for the original 2012 film below: »
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below! Here's a first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania 2 from USA Today: Hopefully Brooks can make the animated sequel a little more amusing than the first film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice Vlad in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2. He’ll play the very old and grumpy vampire father to Adam Sandler’s Dracula. The sequel to Sony’s 2012 family film sees old-school supernatural meet modern-day cool when Vlad turns up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. Genndy Tartakovsky is helming again from a script by Robert Smigel. The original movie made about $360M worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe. This one is set for release September 25.
The Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning Brooks has some cinematic vampire experience; he directed, produced and co-wrote 1995’s Dracula: Dead And Loving It, also starring as vamp hunter Val Helsing. He said of the Hotel Transylvania character: “He’s been around for eons, and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”
In a savvy move »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Adam Sandler will again lend his voice to Dracula. The sequel, slated for a Sept. 25 release, is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert, and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Brooks said of his character, “He’s been around for eons and he’s a pretty crabby guy. Basically, he reminds me of me.”
Sony Pictures Releasing International has also signed regional Vlads for non-English language versions, including France’s Michel Galabru; Japan’s Junji Inagawa, Holland’s Bram van der Vlugt; and Belgium’s Jacques Vermeire.
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Animation today announced the casting of Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning writer, director, performer, composer and producer Mel Brooks in the sequel to the 2012 worldwide hit, Hotel Transylvania 2.
Brooks has been cast in the role of Vlad, the ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy father to Dracula (Adam Sandler). Dracula, Mavis, Jonathan and all of their monster friends are back in the brand new comedy adventure: when the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a comic collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is slated for a September 25, 2015 release, and is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Michelle Murdocca, executive-produced by Sandler, Allen Covert,and Ben Waisbren, and written by Robert Smigel.
Brooks – who takes on the role 40 years after helming the horror-comedy classic Young Frankenstein – said, “I’m having a wonderful time with the character Vlad. »
- Michelle McCue
Legendary comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks is set to voice the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Adam Sandler's Dracula, in Genndy Tartakovsky's upcoming animated sequel "Hotel Transylvania 2".
The original 2012 film dealt with the generational gap between Drac and his young 118-year-old daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) who wants to see the world and is attracted to the hapless human Jonathan (Andy Samberg).
In the sequel, a family reunion causes Vlad to visit the estranged son he hasn't seen in years, in the process turning everyone's life upside down.
Producer Michelle Murdocca tells USA Today: "He actually lives in a cave — he is about as old school as it gets. So when he comes and sees that Dracula is running a hotel, he's like, 'What is going on here?'." Brooks himself adds that Vlad is "like my real, honest-to-goodness personality. I'm pretty grumpy. It was a good choice. »
- Garth Franklin
Director Genndy Tartakovsky is a popular name among fans of animation, having built a loyal fanbase through shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and the short-lived Star Wars: The Clone Wars mini-series. Tartakovsky seems to be transitioning well (financially, anyway) into the feature-film arena, as Hotel Transylvania brought in over $350 million worldwide. While the man still has that very cool-looking Popeye film coming our way in 2016, right now »
- Sean Wist
John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
In a worthy follow-up to “The Secret of Kells” (a surprise nominee for the 2010 animated feature Oscar), Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend, only this time, he spins the magic-infused yarn against a present-day backdrop while digging farther back into pre-Pictish rock drawings for visual references. Indie distrib GKids came aboard early, backing this Cartoon Saloon production, a limited-release treasure whose long-term library value similarly hinges on high-profile awards attention.
Whereas American toons tend to be driven predominantly by plot and character, Moore’s work delivers on various other levels, asking formula-fed animation auds to open their minds to a more poetic experience. That said, the pic’s emotional core isn’t so different from that of a studio-made heart-tugger like “Brave.” Here, the story is centered on a lost mother figure — a half-human, half-seal creature known as a “Selkie” — who disappears into the waves one night, »
- Peter Debruge
CGI-animated test footage, which won’t appear in the film, shows a pipe-less, tattoo-less Popeye fighting Bluto to save his beloved Olive Oyl. The clip follows a behind-the-scenes video of Tartakovsky at work adapting “Popeye” for the bigscreen and discussing why he was “destined” to make the film.
The cast hasn’t been announced yet so Tartakovsky used temp voices for the test footage.
After starting his career in TV animation with “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Samurai Jack,” Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with “Hotel Transylvania.” He’s also directing a sequel for the film (also from Sony Pictures Animation), which will bow on Sept. 25, 2015.
Meanwhile, “Popeye” hits theaters in 2016.
The animation test starts two minutes into the video.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Genndy Tartakovsky's name is synonymous with quality animation. Just the mere mention of his name should make animation fans salivate. Samurai Jack. The Clone Wars and Titan A.D. are all great animated shows. So any word of his involvement in any animation project should be greeted with excitement and anticipation. Cue Popeye. Tartakovsky introduces this animation test for the animated feature. He expresses his appreciation for the animation art form and love for physical humor, and ability to laugh at movement. It represents what he wants to do in the feature. The physical humor is spot on, and I love that he has not messed around with the character design either. Have a look for yourself. ...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Tim here. A couple of months ago, you may recall, I shared my crabby old man thoughts on the current wave of making new CG animated films based on old-school cartoons, among them being Sony Animations still-not-actually-official new Popeye movie to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Now, without having actually committed themselves to making it, Sony has basically confirmed that they're making it, releasing an animation test preceded by a short interview of Tartakovsky explaining his interest in the material. The animation itself starts at about 2:01, if you're an impatient sort.
What do you think? For myself, I find Tartakovsky's commitment to the physical illogic of vintage rubber hose animation comforting, though the character designs are still kind of horrifying, Olive Oyl's especially. The way that fully rendered images tend to insist on their tactility is completely at odds with the extreme caricature of the movements and shapes of the characters. »
- Tim Brayton
Genndy Tartakovsky is a heroic figure for a few different generations of animation obsessives, having created the all-time-great Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack before crafting maybe the best Star Wars thing of the last decade. Tartakovsky moved to feature films with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, a slight but fun kid-horror romp. Tartavkosky’s currently directing a Hotel Transylvania sequel for next year–but he’s also working on a CGI-animated Popeye.
Although that film doesn’t have an official release date yet, Sony just released a video that includes thrilling test footage intended to show how Tartakovsky »
- Darren Franich
Best known for creating Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the traditionally animated Star Wars: clone wars series, animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been working with Sony Animation Studios for a long time to get an animated Popeye movie off the ground (the second big screen outing for the sailor man after Robert Altman's 1980 live action effort starring the late Robin Williams). While no concrete start date for the project has been given yet (Tartakovsky is busy working on Hotel Transylvania 2, the original marking his feature film directorial debut), the below animation test has be released, giving a good sense of the look of the film. It's an odd look, like play dough mixed with computer animation, but one that just seems to fit the characters. Check it out below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Samurai Jack creator and director of Hotel Transylvania, Genndy Tartakovsky, has been developing a CGI animated version of Popeye for a few years now for Sony Animation. He's finally revealed a little taste of what he is planning for the movie in an animation test that was released today. It's just a little something to show us what they are looking at doing, and the director made sure to point out, “it’s not a clip, it’s not a trailer, it’s nothing from the actual movie, the voices are all temp.”
The video also features some concept art from the film, and the director talks about why he's making the project:
"From a young child, I was really destined to make one movie, and that movie was Popeye. Even so much, that when I first started animation, my very first teacher was a 90-year-old Popeye animator from the Fleischer studios, »
- Joey Paur
Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929 and hit the silver screen first in 1934 in a series of Paramount animated shorts produced by the Fleischer Brothers and later with a live-action feature film, Popeye, directed by Robert Altman with Robin Williams in the lead role in 1980.
Sony Pictures Animation’s film is the CG adaptation of the famous sailor man’s origin story.
- Jim Batts
Sony Pictures Animation has released test footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's “Popeye,” which won't flex its muscles in theaters until 2016. The studio is giving impatient fans a spinach-free taste of the CGI sailor, who must save his beloved Olive Oyl from the villainous Bluto. Also read: Sony Overhauls ‘Smurfs’ Franchise, Plans ‘Popeye’ Movie Tartakovsky directed “Hotel Transylvania” for Sony Animation and has been fascinated by “Popeye” since he was a boy. David Ronn and Jay Scherick wrote the script based on E.C. Segar's popular comic strip, which first debuted in 1929. Also read: Sony Pictures Animation Developing Faith-Based Movie About »
- Jeff Sneider
In the realm of beloved animated characters that span generations of Americans, "Popeye" is right up near the top. And just like his buddies over at "Peanuts," he's getting updated for the modern era. Perhaps cognizant that audiences may not want to see changes to the hero they've loved and recognized in a certain form for ages, Sony Pictures Animation is getting way ahead of the curve to assure everyone this will be okay. The studio has dropped test footage—with temp voices and the caveat this sequence will not be used in the finished movie—to allow fans to get a taste of what Genndy Tartakovsky ("Hotel Transylvania") is putting together for his movie. But first, the filmmaker shares his enthusiasm for the project and character, and his desire to update it and be respectful and....you get the idea. As for the footage? It's....fine. It's about what »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We still need to tell you what's up with this year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race, which we'll get to in due time. But for now, here's a sneak peek at a probable contender for 2016's race: Sony Pictures Animation's "Popeye." The studio has released a new featurette of sorts presenting an animation test for the film with director Genndy Tartakovsky. You might recall Tartakovsky's last film, "Hotel Transylvania," which was kinda/sorta in the Oscar hunt two years ago. That film was mostly dismissed by critics but I actually found it a charming diversion during the fall season. The featurette plays up Tartakovsky's personal connections to this well-known source material. "From a young child I was already destined to make one movie, and that movie was 'Popeye,'" he says. "Even so much that when I first started animation, my very first teacher was a 90-year-old ' »
- Kristopher Tapley
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