— Posted by Alyssa
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg
There are moments when this vampire of a movie turns into a bat and soars, and there are other times when I smell the toxic fumes of garlic on its breath.
Scared for his only daughter’s well-being (like any good father would be, with or without the fangs) Dracula (Sandler) opens a classy hotel in Transylvania where all of the monsters and ghouls can have to have a weekend away to relax. Tired of being kept hostage in the hotel, Dracula’s “teenage” (she’s 118) daughter Mavis (Gomez) is ready to explore the world and see some sights. But Dracula is convinced that the humans are all terrible people who want to hurt them. He goes to great lengths to convince Mavis of the same thing. However, his world is turned upside-down (which he should be used to if he moonlights as a bat) when a human named Jonathan (Samberg) finds his way to the hotel. Frankenstein-like sparks fly between Jonathan and Mavis and the hotel is forever changed the presence of the human that lurks in the corridors.
It could have been really adorable. Granted, there are moments of pure family entertainment, but sometimes it resorts to the fart jokes that bad animation tend to have. Not that this is bad animation, but it’s not necessarily Pixar… or even DreamWorks for that matter. Sony Pictures Animation is not necessarily booming, but this movie is taking baby steps in the right direction. It’s a good Halloween treat for kids, but not as good as ParaNorman.
Next on the agenda: Frankenweenie. 2012 has been a good-year for kid-friendly Halloween movies. Keep them coming!