First Look: All Monsters Lined Up from Sony's 'Hotel Transylvania'
by Ethan Anderton
March 13, 2012
Source: USA Today
While the live-action efforts of Adam Sandler have become like nails on a chalkboard, perhaps making him heard and not seen will help out. Sandler is slated to voice Dracula in an animated film called Hotel Transylvania from fantastic animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, the man behind "Clone Wars," "Dexter's Laboratory" and plenty other great works. Back when Miley Cyrus, who has since been replaced by Selena Gomez in the film, was cast as Dracula's daughter Mavis, we got a look at the Hot Topic-esque character, but now a first look at all the animated characters has come from USA Today. See it below!
First look at Genndy Tartakovsky's Hotel Transylvania from USA Today (another image right here):
The story puts a focus on Mavis, the kind of girl desperate to get out of Transylvania as her father desperately tries to keep her at home. Of course, that becomes a challenge when a regular 21-year old guy and world traveler (voiced by Andy Samberg) gives her a taste of what's beyond the dark home she's been stuck in for her entire life. The dynamic between Dracula and Mavis will be important and it sounds like Tartakovsky is relieved to be dealing with the most iconic vampire of them all. He says:
"It's refreshing to go back to the beginning of Dracula — and then have Adam Sandler put his spin on it. There will be no sparkling skin. But there are a lot of jokes. The motto of Hotel Transylvania is that it has been human-free since 1898. This is a place that all his friends can come without being persecuted by humans. They are just trying to live their own lives.”
This doesn't completely sound like it's in the style of Tartakovsky's other projects, especially knowing that Sandler is behind the comedy this time around. The voice cast also includes Kevin James voicing "Frank" Frankenstein, Fran Drescher as his in-your-face, over-the-top, and larger-than-life Bride; David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man; Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon voicing Wayne and Wanda, a pair of married werewolves, parents to an ever-increasing litter of pups; and Cee Lo Green putting his talents behind Murray, a boisterous Mummy, once entertainer to the great Pharaohs, now the life of the party. Cool?
When is Tartakovsky going to give Samurai Jack a proper ending? But back on topic, this looks really generic, and I am not sure if I'll be even watching this.
Michael Lee on Mar 13, 2012
It has promise but Im not counting on it! I'll hold all Judgement aside until I see a Trailer! And I 100% agree with you on SJ! That show was Awesome.....hopefully it will resurface sooner or later
N. on Mar 13, 2012
Cloudy with a chance of meat balls looked more generic than this yet i laughed my ass off on that movie. it all depends on the writing. i`m gonna give this a shot since it was made by the same studio.
Leo on Mar 14, 2012
Didn't Tartakovsky storyboard Iron Man 2? That was utter crap! As for this film, I love how all the jobs are being shipped out to Canada and then being sold as American films. I'll pass. Sony Animation and Imageworks aren't very good.
Kyle Robinson on Mar 13, 2012
Storyboaring Iron Man 2 isn't the same as writing the script for it, which is where the real problem was to being with anyway. The action in Iron Man 2 was fantastic, so Tartakovsky did his job just fine.
Ethan Anderton on Mar 13, 2012
I'm interested in anything with Tartakovsky's name attached!
Zeus on Mar 13, 2012
Agreed. After seeing what he did with the Clone Wars back in the day I always though he'd have delivered much better prequels if he were at the helm.... But back to the topic de jour, I like the throw-back nature of the old movie monsters and am eager to see more. As far as the generic look, I didn't think too much of Dispicible Me at first glance but later found that highly enjoyable. We'll see!
RidgeRacer4 on Mar 13, 2012
Slimer from ghostbusters is playing the part of the mummy
Nick Sears on Mar 13, 2012
FYI to all you younguns: Tartakovsky's Clone Wars is the awesome two-season 'mini-episodes' 2D cartoon, not the 3D CGI weekly half-hour series.
Akirakorn on Mar 13, 2012
I enjoy the premise, but the voice talents listed in this movie—with the exception of Buscemi—is just repulsive to me. Count me out.
Voice of Reason on Mar 14, 2012
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