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Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

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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.

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Genndy Tartakovsky
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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)
Steve Buscemi ... Wayne (voice)
David Spade ... Griffin (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key ... Murray (voice)
Asher Blinkoff Asher Blinkoff ... Dennis (voice)
Fran Drescher ... Eunice (voice)
Molly Shannon ... Wanda (voice)
Megan Mullally ... Grandma Linda (voice)
Nick Offerman ... Grandpa Mike (voice)
Dana Carvey ... Dana (voice)
Rob Riggle ... Bela (voice)
Mel Brooks ... Vlad (voice)
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Storyline

The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty! Written by Sony Pictures

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Hotel Transylvania 2 See more »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,464,322, 27 September 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$169,700,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$473,226,958
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In many ancient cultures, notably Greek, people with red hair were believed to become vampires upon death. It is quite fitting therefore, that Johnny and Dennis have red hair. It is unknown, however, if this is an intentional reference. See more »

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When Mavis is seen putting Dennis to bed before the wolf party she tells Drac that Dennis goes to sleep at 8 PM, but on the sleeping chart behind her Dennis begins his free time at 8 PM. See more »

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Dracula: Welcome! Welcome!
Bigfoot: Congrats, Drac. Holy smokes, everybody's here.
Suits of Armour: Mr. and Mrs. Loughran, the parents of the groom, and family.
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Written by Thomas Allen, Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown), Mike Caren, Andrew Cedar, Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Flo Rida (as Tramar Dillard), Justin Franks, Jerry Goldstein (as Gerald Goldstein), Lonnie Jordan (as LeRoy L. Jordan), Lee Oskar, Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller), Paulo Rodriguez, Howard E. Scott and Sage the Gemini (as Dominic Woods)
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Still a fun entry but is slightly tainted

For cartoons, Genndy Tartakovsky has had his hands in and on a lot of peoples' favorite shows. There's something about Tartakovsky's vision of cartoons that breathes life into every movement that is made by them. Tartakovsky made his directorial debut with Hotel Transylvania (2012) and although it was not universally renowned, made people found it to be a fun family movie with a well-developed story, energetic animation and colorful characters. Plus even though it dealt with Halloween related characters, the idea wasn't to scare but make light of the characters and the lore of which they originated from. Here we are with its sequel and although it does keep several elements from the original the same, some things have changed and other parts should have changed. Thankfully, this sequel isn't brought down a whole lot, but it is enough to notice the differences in what should've been focused on more.

The story to this installment revolves around Dracula (Adam Sandler) trying to bring out the inner vampire of his hybrid grandson Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) brought upon by newly wedded couple/parents Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan (Andy Samberg). The reason for this is fearing that if their son has no vampire blood flowing in him anywhere, Mavis would end up leaving the hotel for good. Although the premise isn't as obvious, unfortunately the execution ends up feeling very similar to that of the first (plot wise). Dracula claims he is more open minded now but still clings to his past and tries to hide his true ambitions. In some respects, this particular play out moots the point of the first film altogether. Once Drac accepted Jonathan into his world, he should've been prepared for what came after. It just makes it feel like he didn't learn from before. The writing group for this entry shrunk in size. For the first film, five writers were involved. Here only two were, of which only one of them were from the original five.

The one from the original five was Robert Smigel, a writer for multiple Saturday Night Live episodes. The other writer credited for this film was Adam Sandler and unfortunately it shows too. How? Two words, potty humor. Yes, and it sticks out like a soar thumb. Hotel Transylvania (2012) did have some silly moments but none of the comedy required potty humor. That's not to say all of the scenes don't work, but there are scenes where experienced viewers will be able to point out the scenes that Adam Sandler had wrote in. It's just not necessary. Of all problems with this and a familiar plot, that's it. For the moments that don't included immature humor, the rest of the comedy bits are new and contemporary, which is having the characters play off of their own flaws and personalities or trying to have them figure out social media. Drac can't seem to understand that to use a touch screen, you can't have long fingernails. He'll get it I'm sure.

There's also new character additions to the cast, which is great although sometimes it can sink a film if it becomes over saturated. All the original characters voiced by Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi all sound exactly as they should and still play off one another well. Even Keegan-Michael Key who replaces CeeLo Green as Murray from the first film practically sounds the same too. Some of the new voice actors to jump on board or receive more attention are Sadie Sandler as Winnie (one of Wayne's children), Jon Lovitz as a "phantom of the opera" type character and the comedy guru himself, Mel Brooks playing Vlad, Dracula's father. It really is nice to see a bunch of new and old voice actors work together though. Plus, a star talent like Brooks isn't wasted either. His appearance isn't as long as everyone else's roles but he comes in at the best time.

Again since this production was headed by Tartakovsky, the animation and character designs are nothing but great. The character designs are all unique and have intricate texture detailing. Alan Hawkins who worked as an animator for the first film serves a senior animation supervisor for this entry. Considering his past work being on projects like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Arthur Christmas (2011), Hawkins feels like a great collaborator for Tartakovsky's vision. The film score produced by Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh continues his usual work but again fails to provide his listeners with an actual soundtrack for download. The score itself matches the scenes well and portrays the right emotion but it's weird that Mothersbaugh can provide a score for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) or The Lego Movie (2014) but can't for these films. Why so selective in distribution?

It's not a huge step down from the original but it is noticeable. The sequel does maintain all the character relations and chemistry while adding in new ones like Drac's father voiced by Mel Brooks. It also keeps the same great animation and music. Unfortunately although the premise feels new, the execution is very much parallel to the first film in some ways. Plus with Adam Sandler now active in writing the script, some his childish annoying potty humor got in the recipe as well and it's obvious as all get out.


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