Hotel Transylvania 2 is the second installment of this monster mash up of animated ghouls and goblins. With it being seven years after the original film, Dracula (Adam Sandler) allows humans into the monstrous hotel after a change of heart due to his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) falls in love and marries a human. Mavis and Johnny (Gomez and Andy Samberg) have a son who Drac wants to train to release his inner blood sucker, but enlists the help of his friends to assist him on that journey…to California!
The voice cast includes the classic friends of Adam Sandler who also co-wrote the script for the film. Returning we have Kevin James, David Spade, Mike Offerman, Megan Mullally, Steve Buscemi, and Mel Brooks as Drac’s father Vlad. The voice cast itself is hard to miss, but thankfully doesn’t fall to the struggles of a recent Sandler film.
With the film being so colorful from it’s visuals to it’s characters, you often feel like you are being whacked around in a pinball machine. The pacing itself is quick and wastes no time which helps with some Family Guy esc laughs and flashbacks, only, Genndy Tartakovsky did it first. The director of the first Hotel Transylvania along with this current sequel is none other than the creator and animator of Cartoon Network shows like Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series.
Drac and his buddies go through the expected shenanigans of attempting to get his grandson’s fangs to reveal themselves to no evail in order for Drac to truly accept his daughter’s half-breed son and have him embrace his heritage as a keeper of the night. It’s fun to see monsters who aren’t actually scary on the big screen once in awhile and they do their best to give those fun and friendly vibes, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table which is what makes this film average at best.
The film as a whole is short and quick which is fine by me. It has some quality laughs like most animated films tend to have along with some good jokes for the adults, but it isn’t something that moves us or cracks us up like a legendary animated film may have done in the past, alas, it is not as bad as critics like to make it. It was cute for what it was and served it’s purpose to entertain all while giving some nice moral pieces on acceptance, you know, for the kids…because obviously kids are the ones who have issues accepting people…..
I digress, it was fine, it was nothing special nor over the top with it’s concepts or style of humor, but is was a nice time if you have nothing to do with the kids or you just prefer to see a movie with Adam Sandler as an animated character rather than a live-action one.