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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

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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 teenaged daughter.

Director:

Genndy Tartakovsky

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Peter Baynham (screenplay by), Robert Smigel (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Parents Guide to 'Hotel Transylvania'

When you think of Dracula, you don't think "kid-friendly." So, you may be wondering if it's OK to watch Hotel Transylvania with your children. Fortunately, we've got you covered!

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Dracula (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Jonathan (voice)
Selena Gomez ... Mavis (voice)
Kevin James ... Frankenstein (voice)
Fran Drescher ... Eunice (voice)
Steve Buscemi ... Wayne (voice)
Molly Shannon ... Wanda (voice)
David Spade ... Griffin (voice)
CeeLo Green ... Murray (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Quasimodo (voice)
Brian George ... Suit of Armor (voice)
Luenell ... Shrunken Heads (voice)
Brian Stack ... Pilot (voice)
Chris Parnell ... Fly (voice)
Jackie Sandler ... Martha (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Transilvania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,522,194, 30 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$148,313,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,375,603
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is a staple of classic horror films that the villagers are always armed with pitch forks and torches. See more »

Goofs

In Quasimodo's Kitchen Johnny frees himself from the gag to speak and its around his neck. But after Drac rescues him the gag disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dracula: Peek-a-boo!
Baby Mavis: [crying]
Dracula: No, no, no, no, no. I didn't mean to starle you, my little baby. Shh, shh, shh.
Dracula: [Dracula singing to baby Mavis] Hush, little vampire, don't say a word / Papa's gonna bite the head off a bird
Dracula: A-bitty-goo-bah! I vant to kiss your *tush.*
[Dracula kissing tush to baby Mavis and changes the diaper]
Dracula: I vant to kiss your *tush!*
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Crazy Credits

The primary closing credits are presented by cartoon versions of the movie's characters. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.6 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Zing
Written by Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, and Dennis White
Produced by Static Revenger
Performed by Andy Samberg, CeeLo Green, Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, and Kevin James
CeeLo Green appears courtesy of Eight Entertainment/Elektra Entertainment Group, Inc.
Selena Gomez appears courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Count me among those who thought the movie was surprisingly good
27 October 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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