September 21, 2012

Despite the moral ending, this was actually a pretty fun viewing experience. Especially since it’s directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. 


Movie review: Monsters’ ball at ‘Hotel Transylvania’

BY KARL R. DE MESA September 17, 2012 1:24pm
Adults should go see this one because Genndy Tartakovsky was at the helm.
Despite the decidedly Hollywood plot treatment, the 12-time Emmy Award nominee and brains behind such landmark Cartoon Network series like “Samurai Jack,” “Clone Wars,” and “Dexter’s Laboratory” pulls off a decent coup of an animated movie set in the supernatural vein.
The setup is simple. Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) built Hotel Transylvania, a lavish “five-stake” resort, in the middle of the “land beyond the forest” so that monsters and their families can live it up, be free of human prying and persecution, and just relax as the monsters they are without any mortals to bother them.
It is at this hotel with outrageous isolation and security that Dracula has raised his only daughter, Mavis. His wife, we are casually told, was the victim of human violence, so Drac’s naturally skittish around anything that’s not undead.
At the heart of HT is the relationship of a father and daughter, orphaned of her mother. It is the story of paranoia and the perils of being a vampire dad. Meanwhile Mavis (Selena Gomez) is experiencing what every teenage girl undergoes during puberty: the hankering for something new, the lust for adventure. Except she’s been cooped up in the castle for 118 years.
“Like all fathers, he’s an overprotective, psychotic, and endearing guy who’d do anything for his daughter, but unlike other fathers, he’s the Prince of Darkness,” said Tartakovsky.
This year, it’s Mavis’ coming of age birthday, when Drac promised her she could go see the outside world. This special weekend means he’s also invited some of his best friends like Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and a lot more. But the vampire’s greatest fear is losing his relationship with her and seeing her get hurt.
So he arranges for a “human” village to be built at the outskirts of his castle and urges his daughter to check it out. When she gets there the “humans” (actually played by his masked zombie servants) attack Mavis and so Drac’s plan goes off without a hitch, scaring his daughter into staying in the castle.
Thing is, the fires from the burning of the fake human village has attracted a backpacker named Johnny. He finds his way into the castle, which forces Dracula to disguise him as a monster (a hatchet job named Johnnystein), and where he ends up meeting Mavis and getting a romantic shine to the teenage vamp.
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