Hotel Transylvania (franchise)

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Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania logo.svg
Created byTodd Durham[1]
Owned bySony Pictures Animation (Sony)
Print publications
  • Kakieland Katastrophe
  • My Little Monster-Sitter
  • Motel Transylvania
Films and television
Short film(s)
Television seriesHotel Transylvania: The Series (2017–present)
Video game(s)

Hotel Transylvania is an American media franchise created by comedy writer Todd Durham. It consists of three theatrical films, three graphic novels and two short films produced by Sony Pictures Animation, as well as a TV series broadcast on Disney Channel and several video games. The series consists of an ensemble cast, usually led by the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.

The first film, Hotel Transylvania, was released in September 2012, a sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, was released in September 2015 and a third film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, was released in July 2018. The films have received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide against a combined production budget of $245 million. A fourth installment tentatively titled Hotel Transylvania 4 was announced in February 2019 to be in development, and is set to be released on August 6, 2021.[2]


Comedy writer Todd Durham came up with the concept of Hotel Transylvania and brought it to Sony Pictures Animation.[3]

Feature films[edit]

Hotel Transylvania (film series)
Directed by
Produced by
  • Michelle Murdocca (1–3)
  • Alice Dewey Goldstone (4)
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Todd Durham
Music by
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
Budget$245 million (3 films)
Box office$1.361 billion (3 films)

Hotel Transylvania (2012)[edit]

Hotel Transylvania was released on September 28, 2012, and is about a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg), who unwittingly stumbles upon the hotel and instantly falls in love with Dracula's teenage daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), and eventually dates, despite Dracula's (Adam Sandler) attempts to keep Jonathan away from his daughter.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)[edit]

Hotel Transylvania 2 was released on September 25, 2015, and is about Mavis and Johnny, who have a half-human/half-vampire son named Dennis. Mavis thinks Hotel Transylvania isn't the right place to raise Dennis and wants to raise him in California. When Dracula is disappointed that Dennis does not have any vampire abilities, he helps his friends make his grandson a vampire. Things get complicated when Dracula's father Vlad (Mel Brooks) shows up.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)[edit]

In November 2015, Sony Pictures Animation announced that Hotel Transylvania 3 would be released on September 21, 2018.[4] This was later resolved during early 2017 when the new release date was pushed forward to July 13, 2018. Despite previously leaving the series to develop other projects, Genndy Tartakovsky returned as director for this installment.[5][6] The third film is about Dracula unwittingly falling for Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), a descendant of monster hunter Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), while on a cruise ship with his family.[7] It is the first film in the series not to be released in September, as well as the first one not to feature the hotel as its main setting.

Hotel Transylvania 4 (2021)[edit]

On February 26, 2019, Sony Pictures Animation announced that a fourth film would be released on December 22, 2021.[8] On October 4, 2019, Tartakovsky confirmed he would not be directing the film.[9] On April 24, 2020, the release date was moved up to August 6, 2021.[10] The film will instead be directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, with Selena Gomez returning to voice her character. Gomez will also be involved as an executive producer alongside both Tartakovsky and the first three films' producer Michelle Murdocca.[11]

Television series[edit]

A television series based on the film premiered on June 25, 2017.[12] Developed and produced by Nelvana Limited, in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation, the prequel series focuses on the teenage years of Mavis and her friends at the Hotel Transylvania.[12] Sony Pictures Television handles distribution in the United States, while Nelvana distributes the series outside the United States.[12] It is airing on the Disney Channel worldwide.[13]

Short films[edit]

Goodnight Mr. Foot[edit]

Goodnight Mr. Foot is a traditionally animated short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Bigfoot from the film. Premiering in time for Halloween, on October 26, 2012, the short was shown exclusively in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas, before the theatrical shows of Hotel Transylvania. 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,[14] Tartakovsky created the short in four weeks during the final production stages of the main film.[15] Bigfoot (who had 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.[16]

Taking place before the events of Hotel Transylvania, the short stars Bigfoot, whose rest in Hotel Transylvania is being constantly disturbed by an overly enthusiastic witch maid.[14]


Puppy! is a CG-animated fantasy comedy short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Dennis (voiced by Asher Blinkoff) from Hotel Transylvania 2, with the additional voices of Selena Gomez, reprising her role as Mavis, Andy Samberg as Jonathan, and Adam Sandler as Dracula. The film is written and directed by veteran director of the Hotel Transylvania movies, Genndy Tartakovsky, and is shown in theaters alongside The Emoji Movie, which was released in the United States on July 28, 2017.[17] The film is set in the hotel, as Dennis convinces Dracula to give him a monster-sized puppy named Tinkles, and the hotel learns to cope with it.[18] The short is a sneak preview of the third film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which was released on July 13, 2018.


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release Date Box Office Gross All Time Ranking Budget (millions) References
Domestic Foreign Worldwide Domestic Worldwide
Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012 $148,313,048 $210,062,555 $358,375,603 359 339 $85 [19]
Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 $169,700,110 $305,099,890 $474,800,000 282 215 $80 [20]
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13, 2018 $167,510,016 $359,553,924 $527,063,940 290 187 $80 [21]
Total $485,523,174 $874,716,369 $1,360,239,543 23 16 $245 [22]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Hotel Transylvania 44% (144 reviews)[23] 47 (32 reviews)[24] A–[25][26]
Hotel Transylvania 2 56% (108 reviews)[27] 44 (24 reviews)[28] A–[29][26]
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 62% (115 reviews)[30] 54 (23 reviews)[31] A–[32][26]

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films Short films Television series
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania 2 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Hotel Transylvania 4 Goodnight Mr. Foot Puppy! Hotel Transylvania: The Series
2012 2015 2018 2021 2012 2017 2017—present
Count Dracula Adam Sandler TBA Silent role Adam Sandler David Berni
Mavis Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Bryn McAuley
Sadie Sandler
Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Andy Samberg TBA Andy Samberg
Frankenstein Kevin James Paul Braunstein
Wayne Steve Buscemi
Murray CeeLo Green Keegan-Michael Key
Griffin David Spade N/A
Eunice Fran Drescher
Wanda Molly Shannon
Winnie Sadie Sandler
Blobby Silent cameo Jonny Solomon Genndy Tartakovsky Silent cameo
Bigfoot Animal sounds only Corey Burton Silent cameo Animal sounds only
Quasimodo Jon Lovitz Scott McCord
Martha Jackie Sandler Painting
Dennis Asher Blinkoff Asher Blinkoff Asher Blinkoff
Sunny Sandler
Mike Loughran Nick Offerman
Linda Loughran Megan Mullally
Vlad Mel Brooks
Dana Dana Carvey
Bela Rob Riggle
Chris Kattan
Kelsey Nick Swardson Michelle Murdocca
Ericka Van Helsing Kathryn Hahn
Professor Abraham Van Helsing Jim Gaffigan
Stan Chris Parnell
Kraken Joe Jonas
Crystal N/A Chrissy Teigen
Tinkles Joe Whyte Joe Whyte
Aunt Lydia Dan Chameroy
Wendy Blob Evany Rosen
Hank N. Stein Gage Munroe
Pedro Joseph Motiki
Uncle Gene Patrick McKenna
  • A grey cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.


Role Films Television series
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania 2 Hotel Transylvania 3:
Summer Vacation
Hotel Transylvania 4 Hotel Transylvania: The Series
2012 2015 2018 2021 2017–present
Director Genndy Tartakovsky Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon Robin Budd
Producer Michelle Murdocca Alice Dewey Goldstone Jane Crawford
Co-producer(s) Lydia Bottegoni Skye Lyons Carey A. Smith TBA N/A
Executive producer(s) Adam Sandler
Robert Smigel
Allen Covert
Adam Sandler
Robert Smigel
Allen Covert
Ben Waisbren
N/A Genndy Tartakovsky
Selena Gomez
Michelle Murdocca
Rick Mischel
Scott Dyer
Irene Weibel
Writer(s) Screenplay by:
Peter Baynham
Robert Smigel
Story by:
Todd Durham
Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Robert Smigel
Adam Sandler
Genndy Tartakovsky[33]
Michael McCullers
Genndy Tartakovsky Various
Based on Characters Created by:
Todd Durham
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh TBA Stephen Skratt
Asher Lenz
Editor(s) Catherine Apple Joyce Arrastia N/A
Production Company Sony Pictures Animation
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing Sony Pictures Television


  1. Hotel Transylvania: The Series (2017–present)
  2. Goodnight Mr. Foot (2012)
  3. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
  5. Puppy! (2017)
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
  7. Hotel Transylvania 4 (2021)

Video games[edit]

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.[34]

Another video game, titled Hotel Transylvania, developed by WayForward Technologies and published by GameMill Entertainment, was released on September 18, 2012, for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS at retail.[35][36] The game was also released in the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 15, 2012.[37]

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 and features the film's art and characters.[38]

A mobile digital storybook app, titled Hotel Transylvania BooClips Deluxe, developed by Castle Builders and Sony Pictures Animation, was released on the iTunes App Store, Nook Store, Google Play for Android, iBookstore, Microsoft's Metro, and for PC and Mac via BooClips, both in English and in Spanish, on September 20, 2012.[39]

A third video game based on Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Hotel Transylvania 3 Monsters Overboard, published by Outright Games, was released on July 13, 2018.

Theme park attractions[edit]

Hotel Transylvania is a dark ride that has been featured at the Columbia Pictures zone at Motiongate Dubai since late 2016.[40]


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