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Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
On the heels of the recent spate of horror animations – Paranorman and Frankenweenie – comes Adam Sandler’s family-friendly submission, which has the executive producer and star’s sense of humour stamped all over it – from the immature jokes, the silly voices, the protagonist’s penchant for singing (Groan!) and the supporting cast made up of the usual mainstays of comedy.
The setting is the archetypal castle in Transylvania, which count Dracula (Sandler) has turned into a fortress to protect his daughter Mavis from the evil humans who murdered his wife. It is also a Hotel for all monsters wishing to escape from the human world. Every year he throws a lavish party for Mavis and invites all of his closest friends (Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Werewolf and countless other ubiquitous characters of the horror genre – all voiced by Sandler’s buddies). This year »
- Adam Rayner
After an angry mob of humans kills his wife, Dracula (Sandler) sets up a place for the world’s monsters to come and enjoy peace and safety – in the castle walls of Hotel Transylvania. It also becomes a sanctuary set up for his daughter (Gomez) whose desire to see the outside world is invigorated all-the-more once a human (Samberg) finds his way into the hotel and shows them all a different side to life.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky has a very recognisable style – pure energy and frantic movement à la the cartoon mayhem of something like Looney Tunes or Tom & Jerry – but for a film like Hotel Transylvania it becomes too disorientating. From the man who has directed episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, »
- Piers McCarthy
Hotel Transylvania marks the feature debut of a renowned figure from the world of TV animation, Genndy Tartakovsky, whose work ranges from Samurai Jack to The Powerpuff Girls. Tartakovsky, for those of you who understandably don’t remember this lil gem of a movie, also did the opening prologue for Priest, by far the most ambitious part of that movie. Ambition is certainly something that shows through in a lot of Tartakovsky’s work. There’s an artistry to Samurai Jack work we don’t see in theaters, but Tartakovsky is hoping to change that. To start, he’s made Hotel Transylvania, which the director describes as the “ultimate issue of Mad Magazine.” With all the film’s monsters bolstering with small, playful details, a Mad Magazine reference is surprisingly apt for Hotel Transylvania. Here’s what the film’s director Genndy Tartakovsky had to say about that style of the film, the »
- Jack Giroux
Los Angeles -- Despite the proven talents of first-time feature director Genndy Tartakovsky ("Dexter's Laboratory"), writers Peter Baynham ("Arthur Christmas") and "SNL" vet Robert Smigel, and a voice cast headed by Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, the collaboration falls flat virtually from the get-go, serving up half-hearted sight gags that have a habit of landing with an ominous thud.
Being given a public airing at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its Friday opening, the film could initially benefit from a monster marketing push from Sony, but it's unlikely the "No Vacancy" sign will be lit for long.
Assuming an unsteady Transylvanian accent which, like his bat wings, tends to flit in and out of the picture, Sandler's overprotective daddy Dracula is having trouble shielding his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) from outside elements on the eve of her 118th birthday.
Determined to shut himself off from those elements after »
Director Genndy Tartakovsky's name has been nearly synonymous with the Cartoon Network going back almost to its inception, having created the hugely popular "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" shows as well as being involved with "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Star Wars: Clone Wars" series. Because of his long involvement with the cable network, some might be surprised that his very first feature film as a director is Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania , featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as the legendary Count Dracula, who now runs a hotel for monsters that will allow them peace and quiet from the humans who constantly want to kill them. After years of success with the hotel, the Count is now dealing with the reality that his »
Last week, we discussed the potential of a feature adaptation of Disney's Gargoyles, a dark and Gothic animated serial from the mid-1990s. There was a good amount of support for the idea and more than a fair share of nostalgia for the property. To encourage more discussion in the comments, feel free to let us know if you think a particular adaptation is a good idea and why, who should star in the major roles and who is fit to sit in the director's chair. This week, we'll set sail for the distant waterworld of Mer in search of the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. If you don't know what I'm talking about, hit the jump to find out. Hollywood! Adapt this: The Pirates of Dark Water. For decades, Hanna-Barbera was the king of cartoons: The Smurfs, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, The Powerpuff Girls and Yogi Bear just to »
- Dave Trumbore
As much as we love all that summer has to offer, fall is where it's at for true cinephiles. The movie lover's season officially kicks off (according to us, anyway) the same day the annual Toronto International Festival launches every year in early September.
As has been the case for several years now, Toronto serves as a platform for studios to launch their Oscar hopefuls and for smaller indies to find a home (and maybe some awards down the line). "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Precious" and "The Artist" all played at the festival before going on to Oscar glory while films like "Beginners," "Killer Joe" and "Your Sister's Sister," all came into the event without a distributor, and left with one.
- Nigel Smith
Tim Lott ... lone man in a female household
I recently wrote a column stating that I believed my brain had been rotted by 18 years of being exposed to kiddie culture – Barbie dolls, puppet shows, shit movies with talking animals etc. But, as with so many of my opinions, it has recently occurred to me that I was wrong.
I have misremembered all the cultural gems I would have missed out on had I not had children. I think I've had more pleasure out of kiddie culture – particularly books and films – than reading all manner of literary novels and art-house movies.
The main scapegoat for the deleterious effects of kiddie culture is usually American kids' TV shows. This is what is fingered by parents as brain rot, contrasted with our supposedly more wholesome, homegrown produce.
But when people think of American cartoons, they still tend to think of low-grade, poor-quality conveyor-belt »
- Tim Lott
By Bryant Gilmore
One of the perks of our Fall Movie Preview here at MTV News is that we get our hands on exclusive movie pics that we get to share with you, and this time it's from "Hotel Transylvania"! The photo shows Murray the Mummy (voiced by none other than the incomparable Cee-Lo Green), rocking out appropriately so, with a guitar in his hands, glowing green eyes burning bright with delight, and a joyful grin on his mouth. It sort makes us wonder what kind of supernatural hijinks they get into at the Trans.
"Hotel Transylvania," produced by Adam Sandler and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky ("Samurai Jack," "Dexter's Laboratory," "The Powerpuff Girls") tells the story of Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, as the owner and operator of a no-tell, ho-tel that caters to an exclusive clientele. Basically, anything that you ever thought was under your bed or hiding in »
- MTV Movies Team
5. Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Knock-Off Of: The Powerpuff Girls/Teen Titans Sporting one of the longest names in the cartoon buisness, Srmthfg was an absolute blast to watch as a kid. Mixing some pretty hefty violence with some lovable and crazy characters, the series was created by Teen Titans director Ciro Nieli and infused a lot of wit, action, and humor into its 52 episodes. Why It'd Be Successful Today: Because kids love manic energy and robots. Turning on Cartoon Network, you'll find dozens of cartoons that delve into weird, absurdist humor; and while Srmthfg never goes that far, it's funny enough and action-packed enough to sort of serve as a bridge between shows like that...ninja show thingy and Adventure Time. 4. Sherlock Holmes in the 22 Century Knock-Off Of: Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?/Scooby-Doo There are plenty of reasons why this shouldn't work. You're not only modernizing Holmes, »
Secaucus, N.J. — Dale Fjordbotten is a proud "My Little Pony" fan, with the shiny blue body suit and yellow lightning bolt, blue wings and blue tail to prove it.
Like many "Bronies" – boys and men who like the cartoon "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"_ the 25-year-old college student turned out over the weekend for "BronyCon Summer 2012" at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, which drew 4,000 men, women, boys and girls, many in colorful wigs and costumes.
"I thought about what people would say. `It's creepy. It's weird. It's a ... show for little girls,'" said Fjordbotten, from Staten Island, N.Y. "It's just a great show ... the story line, the plot, the beautiful animation."
Bronies say they're a misunderstood lot who've gotten a bad rap from the media. They're all about the show, friendship, love and tolerance, and they have no bad intentions, they say.
"I discovered that there's nothing »
Although Genndy Tartakovsky's first feature film as a director is the upcoming Adam Sandler-starrer, Hotel Transylvania, he'll quickly turn around and direct Popeye as his second. Tartakovsky is best known for his phenomenal series work with a roster including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. (You can check out an example of what a Tartakovsky feature film looks like by watching the recent trailer for Hotel Transylvania.) Writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs) were attached to pen the Popeye adaptation as recently as last November. Hit the jump for more on Popeye. Variety reports that Tartakovsky is attached to develop and direct a 3D version of Popeye. The famous sailor started back in 1929 when he first appeared in the comicstrip, "Thimble Theater." Known for his bizarre manner of speech and his borderline addiction to spinach, Popeye is one of the longest-running comics in history. »
- Dave Trumbore
From 1995 to 2005, It was hard to turn on Cartoon Network and not see Genndy Tartakovsky’s name, creator behind The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. After Tartakovsky’s recent animated venture, Sym-Bionic Titan, never escaped a first season, the once-prolific animator was off the air. But this new trailer for Tartakovsky’s new film, Hotel Transylvania, signals a triumphant return for the animation master. »
I bet you and I both had the same favorite gay cartoon character growing up: no one. Because there were none.
You could pretend that He-Man was a roving homosexual with West Hollywood-primed muscles, but he wasn't gay. And that didn't matter, because young homos who loved cartoons simply relied on awesome animated ladies for edification. The ladies took charge, looked fab, represented our bursting drive and self-possession, and sometimes even solved crimes. I've picked the ten most fabulous lady cartoons ever with one stipulation: Everyone on this list first hit the small screen before 2000. We're going for "classics" here, not total comprehension. (I'd be including ladies from Archer and Venture Bros., in that case.)
Each week we bring you news on what is being released into the gaming world…. So lets get it started! Kicking off this list of games which will be released 14th May – 20th May 2012 is:
Max Payne 3 (PS3 / Xbox 360):
For Max Payne, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, Max takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out. Featuring cutting edge shooting mechanics for precision gunplay, advanced new Bullet Time and Shootdodge effects, full integration of Natural Motion’s »
Slashfilm has discovered another teaser for the upcoming animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania. It’s Genndy Tartakovsky (Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, Dexter’S Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls) long awaited debut in feature films, as he handles the animation and directorial duties. Starring Adam Sandler as Dracula and Maitre D of a resort for monsters and supernatural beings (no humans allowed), it features a bushel of Sandler-ites lending their voices to the mayhem. There’s Kevin James as Frankenstein, David Spade as the Invisible Man and Andy Samburg plays Jonathan, a human who stumbles upon the hotel and chaos, inevitably, ensues. We also get to endure Fran Drescher’s voice, and can have fun listening for Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi and I guess, Selena Gomez. Not to be out done, Cee-Lo Green is the Mummy, and whatever your opinions on the talents of these people, the teaser promises fun, the premise »
- Andy Greene
In a Hollywood explosion seldom seen, Joe Eszterhas, the screenwriter for The Maccabees, the Jewish historical film Mel Gibson is making, published a nine-page letter accusing Gibson of being anti-Semitic and just doing the film to fix his reputation. Mel Gibson published a response saying Eszterhas was unprofessional and delivering a late, substandard script (that Warner Bros rejected).
Brian Moylan is stirring the pot again with an etiquette guide for straight people at gay bars. I have to admit though, I tend to agree with him. Back in my party days nothing could clear a dance floor full of shirtless circuit boys faster than some of this stuff, plus mixed drinks on the dance floor? Who does that?
Macy Gray is out with a new album and talking about her support for the Glbt community as well. The money line is "It’s a very powerful community in music. And, »
Old Cartoon Network classics are making a comeback, courtesy of Brak and Zorak.
Everyone's favorite space cat and giant praying mantis of the early 2000s cartoon "The Brak Show" are officially hosting "Cartoon Planet," an hour-long block featuring the eccentric shows of Cartoon Network past, starting this Friday, Mar. 30 from 8-9 p.m.
Tune in to "Cartoon Planet" on Fridays from 8-9 p.m. Et on Cartoon Network. »
- Leigh Weingus
Few moviegoers will recognize the name Genndy Tartakovsky, but it’s a fair bet they (or at least their kids) know of his work. Tartakovsky is the mind behind some of the late 20th /early 21st century’s most popular cartoons, including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Sym-Bionic Titan and Star Wars: Clone Wars.
For those totally unfamiliar with the animated works of Tartakovsky, let’s just say the man has a way of taking familiar genre tropes and spinning them into something fresh, new and entertaining – which is exactly what he’ll be attempting with his new animated feature, Hotel Transylvania. Today we have the first international trailer for the film to share.
Hotel Transylvania plays with the world of supernatural horror by envisioning a scenario in which our favorite monsters – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, etc. – needed a ...
Click to continue reading ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Trailer: A »
- Kofi Outlaw
"When you're young," Pauline Kael noted, "the odds are very good that you'll find something to enjoy in almost any movie." Luckily, The Hunger Games is marketing to youth, and Lions Gate Entertainment is successful so far. A triumph of publicity. Thursday's midnight screening garnered over $25 million and this Friday morning, the 10 Am screening I attended was basically sold out.
The film, for those not connected to the current cultural zeitgeist, is based upon the first novel of Suzanne Collins's highly engaging trilogy about a dystopian United States where 24 teenagers from 12 impoverished zones are forced to battle each other to death for the enjoyment of the frivolous ruling class. Only one will be allowed to be victor.
But where the phenomenally successful books inflame the imagination with the bravado of their spirited 16-year-old feminist heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and her growing realization that she has the power to inspire others to throw off their chains, »
- Brandon Judell
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