From the man behind the excellent animated TV show, Samurai Jack (which is coming back!), the sequel to the popular, kids-centric Hotel Transylvania maintains the same solid – albeit unexceptional – results.Director Genndy Tartakovsky (who also did better in his 3 minute Clone Wars episodes than Lucas did in his entire prequel trilogy) brings his distinctive style back to the fore, with a burgeoning cast of familiar voices – headlined by the returning Adam Sandler, and his entourage of acting friends – ready to bring this popular monster hotel back to life.The sequel picks up where the first one left off, with Dracula finding himself a frustrated grandparent, whose half-human grandson refuses – despite his best efforts – to showcase any monstrous traits. When a distinctly PC monster camp still doesn’t bring his fangs out, Dracula has to take more drastic measures.
Although far from as adult-friendly as their Pixar-flavoured cousins, the Hotel Transylvania films still divert children with much the same effect, and do have plenty of little in-jokes, obviously monster-driven, covering everything from Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula to The Exorcist, with likely only dedicated decades-long monster movie fans capable of picking up all the subtle references.
It may not suit adults quite as much, but the kids will love it.
The humour is warm and family-friendly, and the story, whilst nothing particularly special, hits all the right notes required of this kind of thing. Sandler & co. provide decent vocal coverage and, whilst it’s never going it win any awards, the sequel is sure to please fans of the first film.
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