Monday, 14 December 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2 Review












Hotel Transylvania 2


Release Date: 26th November 2015 - Australia


Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures
L Star Capital (in association with)
Sony Pictures Animation

Distribution 
Sony Pictures Australia 


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 89 minutes


Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $473,226,958
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Dracula, worried that his
adorable human/vampire
grandson Dennis isn't
showing signs of being a
vampire, enlists his friends
to put Dennis through a
"monster in training"
boot camp. But little do
they know that Drac's
grumpy, old school dad
Vlad is about to pay a
family visit to the hotel...
and when he finds out
that his great-grandson
is not a pure blood--and
that humans are now
welcome at Hotel
Transylvania--things
are going to get batty!


Voice Cast
Adam Sandler - Dracula
Selena Gomez - Mavis
Andy Samberg - Jonathan
Asher Blinkoff - Dennis
David Spade - Griffin the Invisible Man
Keegan-Michael Key - Murray
Kevin James - Frank/Frankenstein
Steve Buscemi - Wayne
Molly Shannon - Wanda
Mel Brooks - Vlad
Rob Riggle - Bela
Fran Drescher - Eunice
Jon Lovitz - The Phantom of the Opera
Nick Offerman - Grandpa Mike
Megan Mullally - Grandma Linda
Dana Carvey - Dana
Jonny Solomon - Blobby
Sadie Sandler - Winnie
Nick Swardson - Kelsey
Chris Parnell - Mr. Fly
Robert Smigel - Marty
Chris Kattan - Kakie
Sunny Sandler - Infant Dennis

Crew
Director - Genndy Tartakovsky
Writer/Executive Producers -
Robert Smigel and Adam Sandler
Producer - Michelle Murdocca
Co-Producer - Skye Lyons
Executive Producers - Allen
Covert and Ben Waisbren
Character Designers - Andre
Medina, Stephen DeStefano, 
Tony Siruno and Craig Kellman
Production Designer - Michael Kurinsky
Heads of Story - David Wachtenheim
and Robert Marianetti
Senior Animation Supervisor - Alan Hawkins
Visual Effects Supervisor - Karl Herbst
Film Editor - Catherine Apple
Music - Mark Mothersbaugh


Review
In 2012, I was at one time in the cinema when I began to enjoy the screening of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (click here) and reviewed the film shortly after its showing. Two years later, a sequel has been announced and Genndy Tartakovsky is reprising the directional helm of this newest chapter with Adam Sandler and his buddies returning to do the voice-overs. Though Sandler is now in the online streaming of Netflix since he's no longer interested to have his films released in cinemas which they under-performed at the box office, thanks to lowest common denominators like JACK AND JILL (click here) and now this has continued in the latest setback PIXELS (click here). Fortunately for the middle-aged comedian, he had a few recent successes under his belt, but HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 is no exception, it was on par with the first movie and is more comical mainly it's to do with Sandler's contributions to the film's writing.

The plot wasn't quite as humanising and could have been more skeletal with several characters that have been added and could have had a few more scenes. For example, Mel Brooks' cantankerous old vampire Vlad is the important factor and he would have not instead shown up in the last third of the film. The comedy is getting clever, cheesy or cartoonish in more sight of contrast to the first movie and the animation is at its very finest of simplicity.

I have nothing to turn against this sequel, but the fact remains that not so much bad has happened in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2. It's certainly a worth a watch for children and their families who have wanted to see the film before the holidays come.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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