Story: Dracula is a single dad whose years of keeping daughter Mavis away from “scary” humans are threatened when a backpacker stumbles upon his sanctuary.
Scares: Only if you’re an adult. The idea of having as many kids as Werewolf does? *shudder*
Splat factor: This is a kids movie. No splats. Farts, poop jokes and the like, but no red is shed.
Closing scene “shocker”: Nada. But the end credits do show a bit of extra story, so you’ll want to stick around for that.
Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: One of a kind.
Trick or Treat?: Overly sweet, and made for kids? Sure. But it’s still good. I love the way they switched the classic monsters from scary to funny. Yes, it’s not the first time monsters got funny, but it’s done well here. Werewolf is my all out favorite (okay, his daughter Winnie is the shiznit), and Cee-lo Green is one hip Mummy. Adam Sandler’s Dracula is funny, sweet and the best movie dad I’ve seen in awhile.
But what I love most? The amazing animation. How Brave got the Oscar last year is beyond me. Color, details and flow are all perfect. (And Mavis makes the most adorable bat ever.)
Hotel Transylvania is a fun way to start the little ones on the path to horror fannishness. Or for anyone who loves beautiful animation. Pop it in as a horror movie marathon palate cleanser, why don’t you?