Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Produced by||Michelle Murdocca|
|Screenplay by||Peter Baynham
|Story by||Todd Durham
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Edited by||Catherine Apple|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory and Sym-Bionic Titan, and produced by Michelle Murdocca. The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and CeeLo Green.
The film tells a story of Dracula, the owner of Hotel Transylvania, where the world's monsters can take a rest from human civilization. Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters, including Frankenstein's monster, Mummy, a Werewolf family and the Invisible Man, to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis. When the hotel is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan, Dracula must protect Mavis from falling in love with him before the hotel's guests learn there is a human in the castle, which may jeopardize the hotel's future.
The film was released on September 28, 2012 by Columbia Pictures. It was met with mixed critical reception from critics, while the general public received it favorably. Despite mixed reviews, Hotel Transylvania set a new record for the highest-grossing September opening weekend ever, earning a total of $358 million on a budget of $85 million. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
In the aftermath of the death of his wife Martha (Jackie Sandler), Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) designs and builds a massive five-star hotel in which to raise his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and to serve as a getaway for all the world's monsters. Famous ones such as Frank (Kevin James) and his wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), Wayne and Wanda Werewolf (Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon) and their massive immediate family, Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade), and Murray the Mummy (CeeLo Green) often come to stay at the hotel which is completely human free and safe for monsters.
On her 118th birthday, Dracula allows his daughter to leave the castle in order to explore the human world, but he sets up an elaborate plan using his zombie bellhops disguised as humans to make them seem intimidating and frighten her home. The plan works, but the zombies inadvertently lure a 21-year-old human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) to the hotel. Dracula frantically disguises him as a Flesh Golem and passes him off as Johnnystein, a distant cousin of Frank's right arm. Johnny soon encounters Mavis and the two "Zing" (a form of magical attraction). Unable to get Johnny out of the hotel without notice, Drac quickly improvises that Johnny is a party planner, brought in to bring a fresher approach to his own traditional and boring parties. Johnny quickly becomes a hit to the other monsters, especially Mavis and even begins to gain Dracula's respect. Dracula then tells Johnny that he dislikes humans because of the death of his wife at the hands of an angry mob shortly after Mavis was born. Much to Dracula's surprise, Johnny shows understanding and knowledge of the vampire lore.
Johnny attempts to leave after his confession on Dracula's orders, but is brought back by Mavis. After showing her the beauty of a sunrise, she is re-inspired to give humans another chance. Meanwhile, Quasimodo (Jon Lovitz) learns that Johnny is a human with his female pet rat Esmeralda's help and kidnaps him in order to cook him. Dracula intervenes and magically freezes Quasimodo to keep him from telling anyone that Johnny is human. The party is a great success the next night. But when Mavis kisses Johnny, Dracula overreacts and in his outburst confesses to deceiving Mavis with the town. A still-frozen Quasimodo bursts in and the Fly (Chris Parnell) translates his frozen language that reveals Johnny's humanity causing overwhelmingly negative reactions from the guests. Mavis is undeterred by her attraction and wants to be with Johnny even though he is human, but Johnny rejects her out of respect for her father and leaves the hotel. Mavis then angrily yells at Dracula and flies off. Dracula arrives to comfort Mavis on the roof looking at the present her mother gave her for her birthday and finds out that it is a book about how her mother and Dracula had a Zing. Dracula then realizes that Mavis and Johnny had a Zing, but he got in the way.
After apologizing to the monsters that are trying to check out and confessing that even he does not know if humans have changed, Dracula manages to convince Frank, Wayne, Griffin, and Murray to help him find Johnny, reunite them and they learn that he is bound on a flight out of Transylvania soon. They head to the airport and encounter a Monster Festival along the way. Instead of being frightened by the real monsters appearing, the humans help Dracula by providing him shelter from the sunlight so he can get to the airport quickly, only to see Johnny's plane taking off. Deciding to take the risk, Dracula gives chase, burning in the sunlight. After getting Johnny's attention, Dracula makes his way to the front of the plane and uses his mind-controlling power on the pilot (Brian Stack) to help him apologize for his actions. Johnny then apologizes Dracula who manipulates the pilot to return to the Transylvanian airport for a refuel. Dracula returns Johnny to Mavis, who confesses that their Zing was mutual and the two kiss, making Dracula realize his little girl is all grown up and can make her own decisions. The monsters finish celebrating Mavis's party as Dracula, Mavis, Johnny, Frank, Eunice, Murray, Wayne, Wanda and Griffin sing "The Zing" in front of the other monsters.
- Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, the owner and hotel manager of Hotel Transylvania, and Mavis' over-protective father.
- Andy Samberg as Jonathan ("Johnnystein"), a 21-year-old human who stumbles onto Hotel Transylvania.
- Selena Gomez as Mavis, Dracula's 118-year-old "teenage" vampire daughter who likes humans and falls in love with Johnny.
- Kevin James as Frank/Frankenstein, Eunice's husband and one of Dracula's best friends who acts as an uncle to Mavis.
- Fran Drescher as Eunice, Frankenstein's wife and Wanda's best friend.
- Steve Buscemi as Wayne, a werewolf who is also one of Dracula's best friends and the husband of Wanda.
- Molly Shannon as Wanda, a werewolf, Wayne's pregnant wife and Eunice's best friend.
- David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man, one of Dracula's best friends.
- CeeLo Green as Murray the Mummy, one of Dracula's best friends who mostly hangs out with Frankenstein.
- Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo, a gourmet chef and the former Hunchback of Notre Dame who desires to make a dish with any human as the main ingredient.
- Luenell as Mavis' Shrunken Head, a wisecracking shrunken head that serves as a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door of Mavis' room.
- Chris Parnell as Mr. Fly, Hotel Transylvania's fitness coordinator who can also understand "frozen" languages.
- Brian George as Suit of Armor, the head of Hotel Transylvania's security guards.
- Brian Stack as Pilot
- Jackie Sandler as Martha, Dracula's wife and Mavis' mother who was killed by an angry mob when Mavis was young.
- Rob Riggle as Skeleton Husband
- Paul Brittain as Zombie Plumber
- Paul Brittain also voices one of the Hydra Heads.
- Robert Smigel as Fake Dracula, an attendee at a Transylvanian festival.
- Robert Smigel also voices Marty, a pink Gill-man at Hotel Transylvania.
- Jonny Solomon as Gremlin Man, one of the Gremlins at Hotel Transylvania.
- Jonny Solomon also voices one of the Hydra Heads.
- Jim Wise as Shrunken Head.
- Jim Wise also voices one of the Hydra Heads.
- Craig Kellman as Guy in Crowd, a guy who shouts in the crowd at the festival.
- Craig Kellman also voices one of the Hydra Heads.
- Brian McCann as Hairy Monster, a monster that almost resembles a Yeti.
- Brian McCann also voices one of the Hydra Heads.
- Tom Kenny as one of the Hydra Heads.
- James C. J. Williams as a Construction Foreman, a deformed humanoid who helped to build Hotel Transylvania.
Hotel Transylvania was in development since 2006, when Anthony Stacchi and David Feiss were set to direct the film. In 2008, Jill Culton took over the directing position, and around 2010, Chris Jenkins, with Todd Wilderman. In February 2011, Genndy Tartakovsky took over as the sixth director to direct his feature directorial debut.
In less than a year, Tartakovsky rewrote the script and reimagined the film to follow the energy, organicity and exaggeration of 2D animation, particularly as seen in the work of director Tex Avery. "I took all the aesthetics I like from 2-D and applied them here," Tartakovsky said. "I don't want to do animation to mimic reality. I want to push reality." "I wanted to have an imprint so you'd go, 'Well, only Genndy can make this.' It's hard, especially with CG, but I feel there's a lot of moments that feel that they're very me, so hopefully it'll feel different enough that it has a signature to it."
In November 2011, it was announced that Miley Cyrus would voice Mavis, Dracula's teenage daughter, but in February 2012, Cyrus left the film. It was later announced that Selena Gomez would replace Cyrus.
- "Where Did the Time Go Girl (Party Version)" Written by Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, and Dennis White. Produced by Static Revenger.
- "Daddy's Girl" Written by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel. Performed by Adam Sandler.
- "Call Me Mavy" Performed by Traci L.
- "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen (Philippine TV plug).
- "Problem (The Monster Remix)" Written by Henry Walter, Lukasz Gottwald, Becky Gomez (as Rebbeca Marie Gomez) & Will.i.am (as William Adams). Performed by Becky Gomez (as Becky G) featuring will.i.am.
- "Overprotected" Written by Max Martin. Performed by Britney Spears.
- "Sexy and I Know It", performed by LMFAO
- "The Zing" Written by Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, and Dennis White. Produced by Static Revenger. Performed by Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Cee Lo Green, Kevin James, and Selena Gomez.
- "Helpless", written and performed by Peter Tvrzink
- "Sweet 118", written by Andy Samberg, Stuart Hart and Trevor Simpson. Performed by Andy Samberg.
- "Hush Little Baby", performed by Adam Sandler.
- "Monster Mash", performed by Bobby Pickett.
Hotel Transylvania premiered on September 8, 2012, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Distributed by Columbia Pictures, the film received a wide release on September 28, 2012. Since October 26, 2012, the film's showings in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas have been exclusively accompanied by a new traditionally animated short film, Goodnight Mr. Foot. Based on Hotel Transylvania, the short was directed and animated by Genndy Tartakovsky.
Hotel Transylvania received mixed reviews from critics, praising the direction and animation, but criticizing its script. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 45% of critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10 based on 136 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Hotel Transylvania's buoyant, giddy tone may please children, but it might be a little too loud and thinly-scripted for older audiences." Another review aggregate, Metacritic, calculated an average score of 47 out of 100, based on 32 reviews. CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend revealed that the average grade cinemagoers gave Hotel Transylvania was an A- on an A+ to F scale.
IGN editor Geoff Chapman rated the film 9 out of 10 and wrote "This is a fun film, full of quirky gags and lovable characters. There are a few songs that smack a bit like soundtrack marketing for the kids, and the story is of course fairly predictable, but this movie is about enjoying a fun journey with great characters. It's a romp that kids and families will all enjoy. Hotel Transylvania is definitely somewhere you'll want to check in."
Hotel Transylvania earned $148,313,048 in North America, and $210,062,555 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $358,375,603. Officially reported budget for the film was $85 million, although Deadline.com claimed that the film actually cost $104 million.
It topped the box office with $11 million on Friday, and $42.5 million domestically and $50.6 million worldwide for the weekend, breaking the record for the largest-grossing September opening ever, over Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million) in 2002. It is also the highest-grossing domestic debut for Sony Pictures Animation, beating The Smurfs' opening ($35.6 million). According to the Sony's president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer, Sony was very satisfied with the film's performance, which performed "beyond anyone's imagination, and the holds are ridiculous. It exceeds expectations in every new market it opens in." Hotel Transylvania was theatrically released in China on October 28, 2013, more than a year after the worldwide premiere, and contributed $11,180,000 to the overall gross.
|Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Character Design in an Animated Feature Production||Carlos Grangel|
|Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Music in an Animated Feature Production||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Production Design in an Animated Feature Production||Marcello Vignali|
|Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Adam Sandler|
|Editorial in an Animated Feature Production||Catherine Apple|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Animated Feature Film||Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Visual Effects Society||Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture||Lydia Bottegoni, James Crossley, Mike Ford, Daniel Kramer|
|Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture||Bill Haller, Tim Pixton, Jorge Vigara (for Dracula)|
|Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Adam Sandler (as Dracula)||Won|
A social game based on the film, titled Hotel Transylvania Social Game and made by Sony Pictures Interactive, was released on August 15, 2012. The game allows players to create their own Hotel Transylvania, where they must take care of the hotel's guests.
Another video game, titled Hotel Transylvania, developed by WayForward and published by GameMill Entertainment, was released on September 18, 2012, for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS at retail. The game was also released in the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 15, 2012.
A mobile game, titled Hotel Transylvania Dash, developed by Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and PlayFirst, was released to iTunes App Store on September 20, 2012. The game is a variation of Hotel Dash mobile game and features the film's art and characters.
A mobile digital storybook app, titled Hotel Transylvania BooClips Deluxe App, developed by Castle Builders and Sony Pictures Animation, was released to iTunes App Store, Nook Store, Google Play for the Android, iBookstore, Microsoft's Metro, and for the PC and Mac via www.BooClips.com, both in English and in Spanish, on September 20, 2012.
Goodnight Mr. Foot
Goodnight Mr. Foot is a traditionally animated short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Bigfoot from the film. Premiering as a Halloween treat on October 26, 2012, the short was shown exclusively before the theatrical shows of Hotel Transylvania in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas. As Sony Pictures Animation's first traditionally animated film, it was written and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky himself, who also animated the short with the help of Rough Draft Studios. Animated in the style of Bob Clampett, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Tartakovsky created the short in four weeks during the final production stages of the main film. Bigfoot (who has a non-speaking role in Hotel Transylvania) was voiced by Corey Burton while the Witch Maid was voiced by Rose Abdoo. Both voice actors provided additional voices in Hotel Transylvania.
Taking place before the events in Hotel Transylvania, the short stars Bigfoot, whose rest in Hotel Transylvania is being constantly disturbed by an overly enthusiastic witch maid.
Genndy Tartakovsky, the director of the film, commented in October 2012 the possibility of the sequel: "Everyone is talking about it, but we haven't started writing it. There are a lot of fun ideas we could totally play with. It's a ripe world." On November 9, 2012, it was announced that a sequel has been greenlit, and is scheduled for release on September 25, 2015. Tartakovsky will return to direct the sequel, even though he originally was too busy due to his developing an adaptation of Popeye.
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