Mel Brooks Lends Voice to Dracula's Father in 'Hotel Transylvania 2'
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below!
Here's a first look at Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania 2 from USA Today:
Hopefully Brooks can make the animated sequel a little more amusing than the first film, which was fine for what it was, but nothing spectacular. He's bringing his experience from his own Dracula: Dead and Loving It, especially when it comes to that Transylvanian accent, "I had that with me. And I didn't have to make it older because I'm almost 100, so I played it out of my own voice. That Middle-European Transylvanian sound is sweet, it's cute, and if you believe in vampirism, it's correct." Brooks even suggested some slight changes to the character design to make him appear friendly despite actually being a grumpy old man.
It sounds like Brooks is also helping raise Sandler's game a little bit too. The comedy star says of Brooks, "He's easy to play vocal ping-pong with. He's very helpful in indicating there's more than meets the eye here. There are some complicated feelings that should be expressed, and he helped me with that." Now if Brooks can just help Sandler figure out how to make funny movies again, that would be nice. Really, it would just be nice if Mel Brooks decided to make another movie again. They Came Together definitely came through this year, but it would be nice to have another spoof from the master of parody.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Popeye) and written by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel ("Saturday Night Live"). In the sequel, a family get-together in the follow-up feature brings Dracula's father Vlad (Mel Brooks) to town — along with some secrets and drama — to visit the estranged son he hasn’t seen in years. He turns everybody’s life upside down, from Drac, Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan (Andy Samberg) to hotel regulars such as Frank (Kevin James), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi) and Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key). The film arrives September 25th, 2015.