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Hotel Transylvania

By ERIK MCCLANAHAN

Hotel Transylvania is yet another example of a studio-made animated picture cast as if the audience were expected to play Spot the Celebrity—only this one plays like the bastard love child of Grown Ups and several, much better Pixar films. David Spade as the Invisible Man! Kevin James as Frankenstein! Adam Sandler as Dracula! Hold on: Adam Sandler is Count Dracula? It’s an idea even worse in practice than on paper. Imagine the same old, garbled voice the former #SNL# great has been retreading for the better part of two decades, but this time with a half-assed Bela Lugosi accent mixed in. The plot, in which Dracula hosts a birthday party for his daughter at his monsters-only hotel, is wafer thin and annoyingly stretched to feature length. A more appropriate game for the audience would be Spot the Pixar Storylines: controlling widowed daddy unable to let go of his child (Finding Nemo); monsters scared of humans (Monsters, Inc.). The filmmakers seemed to think this laziness could be overcome by pacing Hotel Transylvania like an ADHD case on a three-day bender of Walter White’s blue meth. The camera zooms, things fly all over the frame (in worthless 3-D, no less). It’s all very flashy and dull, and so, so forgettable.

 
  • Genres: Animated, Comedy
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG [ Action, Scary Images, Some Rude Humor ]
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Adam Sandler [Voice of Dracula], Andy Samberg [Voice of Jonathan], Selena Gomez [Voice of Mavis], Kevin James [Voice of Frankenstein], Fran Drescher [Voice of Eunice], Steve Buscemi [Voice of Wayne], Molly Shannon [Voice of Wanda], David Spade [Voice of Griffin], Cee Lo Green [Voice of Murray], Jon Lovitz [Voice of Quasimodo], Brian George [Voice of Suit of Armor], Luenell [Voice of Shrunken Heads], Brian Stack [Voice of Pilot], Chris Parnell [Voice of Fly]
  • Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky [Director], Peter Baynham [Screenwriter], Robert Smigel [Screenwriter], Michelle Murdocca [Producer], Adam Sandler [Executive Producer], Robert Smigel [Executive Producer], Allen Covert [Executive Producer], Mark Mothersbaugh [Original Music], Catherine Apple [Film Editor], Marcelo Vignali [Production Design], Ron Lukas [Art Director], Noelle Triaureau [Art Director], Mary Hidalgo [Casting]
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