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★★★☆☆ Adam Sandler returns to the world of animation for the first time since 2002's ill-received Eight Crazy Nights. That film was a crude and joyless affair, featuring the same off-putting mix of gross-out and sentiment synonymous with Sandler's recent live-action work. Thankfully, he lends only his voice to proceedings here, although regular cast members from his films, Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi also crop up (Rob Schneider must have been suffering from laryngitis). The absence of Sandler donning the producer and writers hat is entirely welcoming, as Hotel Transylvania (2012) is a surprisingly engaging kid's film.

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