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Hotel Transylvania 2, 2015.
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Chris Kattan, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Jon Lovitz, and Mel Brooks.
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Full disclosure, I have not seen the first Hotel Transylvania, but decided to give the sequel, simply titled Hotel Transylvania 2 a shot, partly because I take some pleasure in coming online and professionally trashing Adam Sandler’s recent lazy output. I can’t really do that this time though, because I kind of enjoyed what I saw, despite the fact that it’s clear Adam Sandler has brought his friends along again for another easy paycheck. »
- Robert Kojder
A third instalment in the record-breaking animated franchise Hotel Transylvania hasn’t officially been announced just yet but with the second movie taking in over $48 million in its opening weekend, it seems likely that Sony will want to cash in on a trilogy and confirm details sooner rather than later.
If and when Hotel Transylvania 3 actually happens, director and animator Genndy Tartakovsky has admitted in an interview with The Wrap that he won’t return, “Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me…Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.”
Tartakovsky’s next project was scheduled to be a CG reboot of Popeye but the director left the project back in March because he and the studio had very different ideas about the movie. It can’t have been easy for Tartakovsky to walk away as he previously admitted, »
- Gavin Logan
We can't say we've been bowled over by either Hotel Transylvania film to date, but there's little arguing with their box office performance. The new sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, opened to $48m of business this past weekend in the Us (it previews in the UK the weekend after next), and Sony Pictures Animation is keen to move ahead with another chapter.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky, whose visual style is one of the assets of the series, has helmed the first two movies. But chatting to The Wrap, he both confirmed the third film, and his own departure from the series.
"Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me", he declared. "Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas and I kind of have to express them and have them come out".
Sony will presumably »
Hotel Transylvania was a hit for Sony Animation back in 2012, grossing an impressive $360 million worldwide. The sequel has also gotten off to a strong start in North America, with a haul of $50 million after just four days of release, so a third instalment of the franchise reaching the big screen at some point in the next few years seems very likely indeed.
Well, while we wait for an announcement on that, we now know that Genndy Tartakovsky won’t be at the helm. He directed the first two instalments (which both had a voice cast made up of pretty much the entire cast of the Grown Ups franchise, with names like Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, and David Spade), but revealed the following in a recent interview:
“Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of »
- Josh Wilding
Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why […]
- Jack Giroux
Last weekend, the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 topped the box office, and it actually broke the record for biggest September opening. That basically makes Hotel Transylvania 3 inevitable, but it will be missing one key element from the first two movies. Director Genndy Tartakovsky, the animation mastermind behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, has […]
- Ethan Anderton
Sometimes three's a charm, but in the case of Hotel Transylvania, two's enough when it comes to director Genndy Tartakovsky. Hotel Transylvania 2 pulled in September's biggest opening when it arrived last week to the tune of $50.8 million and counting. And thus far, it has racked up a total of $80 million at the global box office. So of course Sony is planning a third movie. Only next time, there will be a major changing of the guard. Genndy Tartakovsky, who directed both 1 and 2, will not be back for Hotel Transylvania 3!
Speaking with The Wrap, the animator, who made himself famous with his work on the ground breaking Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack, confirms that Sony is planning a third chapter in the tale of a hotel that caters to the world's most infamous monsters. Genndy Tartakovsky simply believes his time in this horror fantasy universe is up. He explains the »
Even though Sony hasn't announced a sequel to Hotel Transylvania 2 yet, there more than likely will be another installment, since the follow-up improved on the opening-weekend total delivered by the first movie, with a budget about the same as the original. However, director Genndy Tartakovsky recently told The Wrap that he won't be back for the threequel. Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Even with the sequel currently breaking box-office records for a September opening, acclaimed filmmaker Genndy Tartakovsky says that he has no plans to return to the helm of the "Hotel Transylvania" animated franchise.
Though Sony Pictures has yet to announce a third installment in the series, the sequel's $48 million opening makes it all but inevitable. Speaking with The Wrap, Tartakovsky says he's done with the series though as he wants to move onto other projects:
"'Hotel Transylvania 3' is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out."
The Russian-born American animator exited Sony's reboot of the "Popeye" franchise earlier this year over creative differences and is next attached to the original animated feature "Can You Imagine?". Talking about why he left "Popeye," he revealed the studio was keen on »
- Garth Franklin
Hotel Transylvania 2 had a very healthy weekend at the box office - healthy enough to already start getting the gears moving on a Hotel Transylvania 3. But while a second sequel is in the works, it seems that the project will not involve one of the franchise's key players: director Genndy Tartakovsky. The filmmaker has revealed to The Wrap that while he fully expects Sony Pictures Animation to continue making Hotel Transylvania titles, he won't be seated at the helm. Discussing the future of the series and his own career, Tartakovsky revealed, Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me. Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out. This is definitely an interesting development, and there's two very key reasons. The first is the immense success that Hotel Transylvania 2 is experiencing. In its first three days, »
Hotel Transylvania 2 is so much better than Pixels and it’s hard to figure out exactly why. The material isn’t substantially better, it still feels like the scripts are written by an elementary school joke book come to life— although maybe for Hotel Transylvania the living book has to turn in a couple more drafts. The animated medium might open up for a few more ambitious sight gags but it isn’t like Pixels was stingy with the effects shots. Perhaps it’s that with live actors you can see how little effort they’re putting in and how much they’d rather be doing something else, and an animated character looks more engaged even if none of the voice acting is particularly ambitious. It could just be that an engaged Genndy Tartakovsky is far and away better than a Chris Columbus just out for a paycheck. Something »
- Arthur Tebbel
Fresh off of “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48 million debut this past weekend, director Genndy Tartakovsky is thrilled that the animated film broke the record for biggest September opening. But while the Sony sequel’s lucrative opening almost guarantees an as-yet unannounced third installment, Tartakovsky told TheWrap that he won’t be returning to direct it. “‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is going to happen without me,” he said. “Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out.” Also Read: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Shows Adam Sandler Makes a »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The record-breaking $47 million box office debut of “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the biggest stride yet in suddenly sizzling Sony Pictures’ rebound from last fall’s catastrophic cyber disaster, and the best could still be ahead. The No. 1 opening for the Sony Animation release — a Genndy Tartakovsky-directed monster mashup voiced by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and Mel Brooks — marks the third weekend in the last four that the top spot at the box office has been claimed by a Sony specialty label. Affirm Films’ prayer-pumping “War Room” connected with Christians and Screen Gems’ thriller “The »
- Todd Cunningham
Once upon a time, in a haunted castle deep within a forest in foreboding Transylvania, a goofy slacker named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) fell in love with a beautiful vampire named Mavis (Selena Gomez). They zing with each other despite Mavis's father Dracula (Adam Sandler) and friends against the union at first. Later, the monsters come to terms with the human/vampire love affair after coming out of the monster closet, so to speak, and revealing to the world their existence. Imagine their surprise to find out that people love them, and normal humans are flocking to stay at the titular Hotel Transylvania.
Like all couples in movie sequels, Jonathan and Mavis have moved past the honeymoon stage and have gone straight to the parenthood stage, with the pair having »
It’s been three years since the original Hotel Transylvania released back in 2012, with a Dracula-in-the-hospitality-industry monster mash-up that made some fervent little fans out of the army of monstrosities on screen and, more importantly to Sony, resulted in a higher-than-expected box office gross. Which is why we’re here now, with Hotel Transylvania 2 picking up a few years after the events of the first movie and throwing the expected cadre of things that go bump in the night into a new paradigm: parenthood.
Just like its predecessor, the new movie is sweet and broadly humorous, but that’s also sort of the problem. It’s so preoccupied with a simplistic – if nonetheless laudatory – message of tolerance and acceptance, and its jokes are so slapsticky, that it constantly bars itself from being anything other than an Adam Sandler-and-gang movie that’s actually watchable. Which is a feat unto itself, »
- Mitchel Broussard
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 25. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Before I Wake Director: Mike Flanagan Cast: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Lance E. Nichols Synopsis: "A haunting, emotionally absorbing supernatural thriller about an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps." The Green Inferno Director: Eli Roth Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Richard Burgi Synopsis: "A group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to be taken prisoner by the indigenous tribe they came to save." Criticwire Grade Average: C (6 reviews) Hotel Transylvania 2 Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Keegan Michael Key, Andy »
- Steve Greene
Chicago – For the younger set unable to experience the mystique of Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein in their original creations, “Hotel Transylvania 2” may prove to be an introduction to the legendary bloodsucker and his band of movie monsters – and for that Adam Sandler deserves a stake through his heart.
The premise is the same this time around. Sandler is back to voice the overly protective, positively batty sitcom dad Dracula who hovers over his only daughter. He runs a hotel exclusively for monsters so they can get away from those pitchfork toting angry mobs, but Drac has reluctantly opened the hotel to humans as well after his daughter marries a human. And before you know it he learns he’s going to be a “vamp-pa.” That’s a vampire grandpa, and it’s a joke that the film repeats with the same exact phrasing and explanations multiple times, in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Dracula and his monster-hotel cohorts are still struggling to accept others’ differences in “Hotel Transylvania 2,” a doggedly frantic sequel that hews to the franchise’s rapid-fire comedic formula. In this incessantly busy story, the famed Count has consented to his daughter’s marriage to a human, but finds himself faced with a new tolerance challenge when his grandson Dennis is slow to develop fangs. What ensues is an avalanche of zany hijinks dominated by groan-worthy wisecracks targeted at young and old audiences alike, and Adam Sandler and his castmates’ overcooked scary accents. Unlikely to win over anyone who wanted to torch its predecessor, this more-of-the-same sequel should nonetheless prove a welcome pre-holiday diversion for the first film’s pint-sized fans, and at least equal the impressive $148 million haul of Sony’s earlier surprise hit.
- Nick Schager
Director Genndy Tartakovsky’s second stay at Dracula’s lavish resort fails to live up to the first, with a predictable sequel unlikely to excite even the most dazzled kids
There’s irony in the fact that animation, a medium where literally anything is possible, is so frequently stale and predictable. Animation in mainstream Hollywood features, that is. Recent financial successes such as Minions, Home and Big Hero 6 are frequently cute, but they set up their aesthetic in the first scene and usually stay enslaved to it. Even Pixar’s Inside Out, certainly a notch above the competition, is more about colour and design than movement and unpredictability.
Hotel Transylvania (2012) showed what can happen when a fairly typical “what if?” script got in the hands of an animation director with a more inspired vision, in this case Genndy Tartakovsky. No better or worse an animation script than Megamind, Penguins of Madagascar or Rio, »
- Jordan Hoffman
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