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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  28 September 2012 (USA)
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Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dracula (voice)
Jonathan (voice)
Mavis (voice)
Frankenstein (voice)
Eunice (voice)
Wayne (voice)
Wanda (voice)
Griffin (voice)
Murray (voice)
Quasimodo (voice)
Suit of Armor (voice)
Shrunken Heads (voice)
Brian Stack ...
Pilot (voice)
Fly (voice)
Martha (voice)


In 1895, Dracula builds a resort in Transylvania, hidden from the humans, to raise his beloved daughter Mavis in a safe environment. In the present, the place is the Hotel Transylvania, where monsters bring their families to vacation far from the frightening humans. Dracula invites his friends - Frankenstein and his wife Eunice; Wayne and Wanda, the werewolves; Griffin, the invisible man; Murray, the mummy; Bigfoot, among others - to celebrate the 118th birthday of Mavis. When the party is ready to start, the 21-year-old Jonathan is walking through the forest and stumbles upon the hotel. Dracula sees Jonathan and disguises him as a monster to hide Jonathan from the guests. But Mavis also sees Jonathan and Dracula forces him to pose as a monster. Soon Mavis believes that Jonathan is the "zing" of her life despite the advice of her father about humans. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel Transilvania  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,522,194 (USA) (28 September 2012)


$148,313,048 (USA) (15 February 2013)

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Did You Know?


Hotel Transylvania had been in development since 2006, when Anthony Stacchi and David Feiss were set to direct the film. In 2008, Jill Culton took over the directing position, and around 2010, Christopher Jenkins, with Todd Wilderman. In February 2011, Genndy Tartakovsky took over as the sixth director to direct his feature film debut. See more »


The Air Transylvania airliner raises its landing gear much later than it normally would. Typically the gear is raised right after the plane is safely airborne. See more »


Jonathan: I'm Dracula, Bleh, bleh-bleh!
Dracula: I've never said that in my life. 'Bleh, bleh-bleh.' I don't know where that comes from!
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Crazy Credits

At the opening, the Columbia Pictures "Torch Lady" turns into a bat. Other than the studio titles at the start and the movie's title after five minutes, there are no opening credits. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Where Did the Time Go Girl
Written by Robert Smigel and Dennis White
Performed by Kevin James, CeeLo Green, Steve Buscemi and David Spade
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Count me among those who thought the movie was surprisingly good
27 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After reading reviews that either disliked or were indifferent to Hotel Transylvania and being dubious because Adam Sandler(who has been in a lot of really bad movies recently) was in the lead role, I was unsure of whether to see the film. But my love for animation and the appetising trailer over-rode my doubts and I saw it anyway. And you know what, while The Pirates and ParaNorman were better animated movies from this year in my opinion I found Hotel Transylvania much better than expected. More could have been done with the relationship between Jonathan and Mavis, it is a romantic angle that has been used many times before and as well as feeling somewhat under-baked very little new was done with it. While a vast majority of the film is fast-paced with no real dull spots, some parts of the film did feel rushed. On the other point of view, the animation is excellent, the backgrounds are both beautiful and Gothic and that is the same with the colours. The characters are well-modelled. The soundtrack is catchy and upbeat, though some of the songs could have been more than just snippets. The writing is zany and often witty with a surprising amount of heart also.

The story is predictable, but not dull. It has a number of great moments, the genre references are not as inspired as they were in ParaNorman but they are fun to spot, and I loved a lot of the slapstick-in-style gags. Especially the zombie Beethoven, the scream cheese Hors-D'Oeuvres, the shrunken heads do not disturb tags and the digs at Twilight(much more fulfilling than any of the movies combined). But it does have a lot of heart. Is the over-protective father idea clichéd? Of course. But I did find it genuinely touching instead of overly-exaggerated as I have seen described. Dracula's past is also shown in a darkly emotional way. The characters are not the most memorable I have ever seen, but they do have their likability, my favourite here was Dracula. And the voice acting was surprisingly great, to me from a non-fan who has liked him in some movies(Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Spanglish and Happy Gilmore) and hated him in others(Jack and Jill, Going Overboard, Zookeeper and Mr Deeds) Adam Sandler gives one of his better performances of late in the role of Dracula, he is actually funny as well as emotive in alternative to irritating. Selena Gomez is endearing as daughter Mavis and Adam Samberg brings some heroism to Jonathan. Kevin James, David Spade, Jon Lovitz, Fran Drescher and especially Steve Buscemi give solid support. In conclusion, surprisingly good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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