Hotel Transylvania 2
|Hotel Transylvania 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Genndy Tartakovsky|
|Produced by||Michelle Murdocca|
|Based on||Characters created|
by Todd Durham (uncredited)
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Edited by||Catherine Apple|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||$474.8 million|
Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American computer animated comedy film directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Robert Smigel, and it is the second installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the sequel to Hotel Transylvania (2012). Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, it was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, with an additional funding provided by LStar Capital.
Hotel Transylvania 2 depicts events taking place after the first film, with the hotel now open to human guests. Mavis and Johnny have a young son named Dennis, whose lack of any vampire abilities worries his maternal grandfather Dracula. When Mavis and Johnny go on a visit to Johnny's parents, Drac calls his friends to help him make Dennis a vampire. Soon, things turn upside-down when Drac's old-school, human-hating father Vlad unexpectedly visits the hotel.
Original voices from the first film — Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Rob Riggle, Sadie Sandler, Jonny Solomon, Luenell, Chris Parnell, and Jon Lovitz — returned for the sequel, with Keegan-Michael Key replacing CeeLo Green as Murray. New additions to the cast include Asher Blinkoff, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Dana Carvey, and Mel Brooks. The film was released on September 25, 2015, by Columbia Pictures, grossing $474 million worldwide on an $80 million budget. The sequel, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, was released in July 2018.
After the events of the first film, Mavis and her new fiancé Johnny are finally married, with the approval of her father Dracula, and the world becomes aware, and unafraid of the existence of monsters. Mavis later reveals to Drac that she is pregnant and later, she gives birth to a ginger-haired baby boy named Dennis.
As Dennis' fifth birthday nears, he has yet to grow his fangs and Drac worries that his grandson might not gain vampire powers. Noticing the potential dangers of Transylvania, Mavis starts to consider raising Dennis where Johnny grew up, much to Drac's disapproval. Drac tells Johnny (who does not want to leave the hotel either) to bring Mavis to California to visit his parents, Mike and Linda, but to make sure to keep her distracted so that she will not move, leaving Drac to "babysit" Dennis. Drac enlists his friends Frank, Wayne, Griffin, Murray, and Blobby to help train Dennis to become a monster, to no avail.
Drac takes Dennis to his childhood summer camp, Camp Winnepacaca, where he learned to hone his vampire abilities and discovers that the camp is safer than it was when he went there. Drac stubbornly believes Dennis is a "late fanger", so he hurls Dennis from a tall, unstable tower to pressure the boy's transformation into a bat. Dennis, however, does not transform and Drac has to fly down and rescue him at the last second. The stunt is filmed by the campers and uploaded to the Internet, which eventually reaches Johnny and Mavis. Mavis angrily transforms into a bat to get herself and Johnny back to Transylvania. Drac and his friends reach the hotel a couple of seconds after Mavis. She confronts her father for putting Dennis in grave danger and his inability to accept that he is human. She states she will move out of the hotel after Dennis' 5th birthday the following Wednesday. Drac hangs his head with deep guilt after Mavis tells him that he may have let humans into the hotel, but hasn't let them into his heart.
Mavis invites Vlad, her grandfather and Drac's father, to Dennis' birthday party. As Vlad is much worse than he was when it comes to humans, Drac tells Johnny to have the human party-goers disguise themselves as monsters. Vlad receives the invitation and arrives with his monstrous bat-like servant Bela to meet his great-grandson for the first time. Meeting him, he believes that fear will cause Dennis' fangs to sprout and possesses a stage performer dressed as Dennis' favorite TV monster "Kakie the Cake Monster" to scare Dennis, but Drac shields his frightened grandson at the last moment, breaks Vlad's hold over the performer, and exposes the deception to Vlad, who is outraged that Drac has accepted humans as guests in his hotel and let Mavis to marry Johnny and Dennis be human. Drac confronts Vlad about how humans are different now. Mavis becomes upset with her grandfather's behavior. While the family argues, Dennis sadly flees the hotel and enters the forest with Wayne's daughter, Winnie, who has a crush on Dennis, in tow, hiding in her treehouse.
They are attacked by Bela, who overheard Mavis say that Dennis is a human. When Bela injures Winnie and threatens to destroy the hotel, Dennis' anger causes him to instantly grow his fangs and his vampire abilities manifest. He begins to fight Bela, who calls his giant-bat minions. Drac, Johnny, Mavis, Dennis, the Loughran family, and the rest of the monsters team up to defeat Bela's minions and drive them away. A livid Bela then attempts to kill Johnny himself with a stake. However, having been won over by Drac's claim that humans now coexist peacefully, Vlad shrinks Bela and tells him never to bother his family again, saving Johnny. Bela then tries to flee, but is caught and licked excessively by the werewolf pups. With Dennis having vampire abilities, Johnny and Mavis decide to continue raising him in Transylvania, and they resume the party with his friends and family.
- Adam Sandler as Count Dracula: Mavis' father, Jonathan's father-in-law, and Dennis' maternal grandfather.
- Andy Samberg as Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran: Mavis' husband, Dennis' father, and son-in-law of Dracula.
- Selena Gomez as Mavis Dracula: Johnny's vampire wife, Dennis' overprotective mother, and daughter of Count Dracula and his late wife Martha.
- Kevin James as Frankenstein: Drac's friend who hangs with Murray.
- David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man
- Keegan-Michael Key as Murray: a mummy who hangs with Frank. He was previously voiced by CeeLo Green in the first movie and the fourth movie is The Weeknd.
- Steve Buscemi as Wayne: a werewolf.
- Molly Shannon as Wanda: a werewolf and Wayne's wife.
- Fran Drescher as Eunice: the wife of Frankenstein.
- Mel Brooks as Vlad: Dracula's father, Mavis' paternal grandfather, and Dennis' great grandfather.
- Asher Blinkoff as Dennis Dracula-Loughran: Mavis and Johnny's dhampir son.
- Megan Mullally as Linda Loughran: Johnny's mother, Mavis's mother-in-law, and Dennis' paternal grandmother.
- Nick Offerman as Michael "Mike" Loughran: Johnny's father, Mavis's father-in-law, and Dennis' paternal grandfather.
- Rob Riggle as Bela: Vlad's bat-like servant. Riggle was the voice of the Skeleton Husband from the first movie.
- Dana Carvey as Dana: the vampire camp director.
- Chris Kattan as Kakie: a cake monster from Dennis' favorite television series.
- Jon Lovitz as Erik: the Phantom of the Opera and the hotel's residential musician. Lovitz was the voice of Quasimodo from the first movie.
- Luenell as a Shrunken head.
- Paul Brittain as Pandragora: an easygoing monster with tentacled hair that lives in Santa Cruz.
- Nick Swardson as Paul: a bearded man who is Mike and Linda's neighbor.
- Chris Parnell as Fly: Hotel Transylvania's fitness instructor.
- Doug Dale as Kal: a Mini-Mart worker in Santa Cruz.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky commented about the possibility of the sequel in October 2012, "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." The next month it was announced that a sequel had been greenlit, and was scheduled for release on September 25, 2015. On March 12, 2014, it was announced that Tartakovsky would return to direct the sequel, even though he was originally too busy due to his developing an adaptation of Popeye, which would later get shelved.
American girl group Fifth Harmony recorded a song for the film entitled "I'm in Love with a Monster". It was featured in the film's official trailer and was also played when the film itself was released.
- "Vlad's Intro" (0:12)
- "GDFR" – Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas (5:20)
- "I'm in Love with a Monster" – Fifth Harmony (3:54)
- "Worth It" – Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink (3:45)
- "Sledgehammer Trouble" – Fifth Harmony and Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson (3:22)
- "I Have Nothing" – Ariana Grande (3:08)
- "Reputation" – Fifth Harmony and Pia Mia (3:29)
- "Focus" – Ariana Grande (3:55)
- "Saved by the Bell" – Todrick Hall featuring Taylor Swift (4:31)
- "Kingdom Come" – Demi Lovato featuring Iggy Azalea (4:22)
- "Funny Talent Skit" (0:04)
- "Goin' Down for Real" – Rita Ora featuring Iggy Azalea (4:21)
- "Bang Dem Sticks" – Meghan Trainor (4:15)
- "The Best Part" – Bebe Rexha (3:44)
- "Movie Theater Skit" (0:15)
- "Grown" – Little Mix (4:38)
- "Movie Theater Camp Skit" (0:06)
- "Sledgehammer Part II – Fifth Harmony featuring Iggy Azalea (4:28)
Columbia Pictures released the film in the United States on September 25, 2015.
Hotel Transylvania 2 has grossed $169.7 million in North America and $303.5 million elsewhere, for a worldwide total of $473 million, against a budget of $80 million. Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $159.48 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film. It was Sony Pictures Animation's highest-grossing film worldwide until its sequel, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, surpassed it in September 2018, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also surpassing the film's domestic gross in January 2019.
Predictions for the opening of Hotel Transylvania 2 in North America were continuously revised upwards, starting from $35—$48 million. Hotel Transylvania 2 earned $13.3 million from 3,754 theaters on its opening day in North America, which was the second-biggest Friday opening day in September, behind Insidious: Chapter 2 ($20.3 million). During its opening weekend, Hotel Transylvania 2 earned $48.5 million from 3,754 theaters, which at the time set new records such as the highest opening for a Sony Pictures Animation film, the biggest opening in Adam Sandler's career, beating 2005's The Longest Yard ($47.6 million), and previously held the biggest opening in the month of September (record overtaken by It in 2017). Regarding the film's successful opening, Josh Greenstein, Sony's president of marketing said, "We had a great date, and this is a big win for Sony Pictures Animation." The largest demographic of the opening weekend audience was under the age of 25 (60%) and female (59%), followed by male (41%), 25 and over (40%) and kids (38%). According to Rentrak's PostTrak reports, 23% of the audience bought tickets because it was an animated film, while 16% were attracted to the toon's subject matter and plot.
Hotel Transylvania 2 was released in a total of 90 countries. It was released in 42 markets between September 25 and 27, 2015, the same weekend as its North American release, and earned $30.18 million from 6,500 screens that weekend. Its overall rank for the weekend was second, behind Everest. Its opening weekends in the U.K., Ireland and Malta ($9.5 million including previews), Mexico ($7.84 million), South Korea ($4.2 million), Russia and the CIS ($6 million), Germany ($3.9 million), Italy ($3.7 million) and France and Spain ($3.2 million respectively) in October represented its largest takings. In China, it opened with an estimated $12.1 million debuting at second place behind the Chinese local film The Witness which grossed $18.5 million. While the China figures are low in comparison to recent Hollywood movie openings, it actually excelled the first film's local lifetime gross by 19% in just the first six days. In terms of total earnings, its largest market outside of North America is the U.K. ($29.4 million) followed by Mexico ($23.7 million) and Venezuela ($19.9 million).
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 56%, based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 5.24/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Hotel Transylvania 2 is marginally better than the original, which may or may not be enough of a recommendation to watch 89 minutes of corny, colorfully animated gags from Adam Sandler and company." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.
Max Nicholson of IGN awarded it a score of 6.5 out of 10, saying "While Genndy Tartakovsky's animation is top-notch, Hotel Transylvania 2 doesn't live up to the first monster mash." Nick Schager of Variety gave the film a negative review, saying "Its plot comes across as just a rickety skeleton designed to prop up Sandler and company's litany of cornball punchlines and gags, only a few of which cleverly play-off of these characters' iconography" Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a positive review, saying "Whereas the jokes in the Grown Ups series feel reactionary and bullying, the family-friendly Hotel Transylvania gags instead come off as clever and humane, even when they're making fun of helicopter moms and lawsuit-sensitive summer camps." Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "Great movies like ParaNorman and Frankenweenie showed the laughs you could get out of funny fiends; Hotel Transylvania 2 just digs up a few corny gags." Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "While the first Hotel Trans had humour for both younger and older audiences, this one will likely fall short in its appeal to adults, although there's plenty for the little monsters to enjoy."
Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film one out of four stars, saying "Hotel Transylvania 2 is an unfortunate throwback to about 20 years ago, when animated movies were more widely accepted as cinematic babysitters." Sandie Angulo Chen of The Washington Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Tartakovsky hasn't created the sort of sequel that eclipses the original, but then again the original wasn't exactly Toy Story or How to Train Your Dragon." Jesse Hassenger of The A.V. Club gave the film a C+, saying "It's an episodic, energetically animated gag factory from the pen of Adam Sandler, and while it's the best screenplay to bear his name in years, it also warps some overfamiliar family-movie concerns until they become unavoidable in their ickiness." Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, saying "This time around, greater attention has been paid to story and character development (while scaling back on all the sight gags) and the substantial results give the ample voice cast and returning director Genndy Tartakovsky more to sink their teeth into, with pleasing results." Josh Kupecki of The Austin Chronicle gave the film one out of five stars, saying "Channeling your inner child, you may find solace in Hotel Transylvania 2, but in the end it has no bite, doing continued disservice to the Universal monsters it scabs out, and adding another soiled feather to Sandler's cap of mediocrity."
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Annie Awards||February 6, 2016||Outstanding Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Chris Logan, Brian Casper, Gavin Baxter and William Eckroat||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Production||Craig Kellman and Stephen DeStefano||Nominated|
|Outstanding Storyboarding in an Animated Production||Mike Smukavic||Nominated|
|British Academy Children's Awards||November 20, 2016||BAFTA Kids' Vote||Hotel Transylvania 2||Nominated|||
|Kids' Choice Awards||March 12, 2016||Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie||Selena Gomez||Nominated|||
|Favorite Animated Movie||Hotel Transylvania 2||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||January 6, 2016||Favorite Animated Movie Voice||Adam Sandler||Nominated|||
|Favorite Family Film||Hotel Transylvania 2||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||July 31, 2016||Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show||"I'm in Love with a Monster" by Fifth Harmony||Won|||
|Visual Effects Society Awards||February 2, 2016||Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature||Alan Hawkins, Karl Herbst, Skye Lyons, Genndy Tartakovsky||Nominated|||
Michelle Murdocca, the film's producer, said before the film's release that the studio was "talking about number 3 and moving forward and taking the franchise to the next level." On November 2, 2015, it was announced Hotel Transylvania 3 will be released on September 21, 2018. Despite previously leaving the series to direct other projects, Genndy Tartakovsky will return as director for this installment. According to Tartakovsky, he returned after he got an inspiration from a "miserable" family vacation. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg will also reprise their previous roles as Drac, Mavis and Johnny in the film, which is being written by Austin Powers writer Michael McCullers. The film will take place aboard a cruise ship. On February 6, 2017, the release date was moved up to July 13, 2018.
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