By Kyra Smith-Cullen
October 4th, 2012
Hotel Transylvania is a film with a developed plot, amazing attention to detail, and terrific voice acting, but ultimately succeeds because of the hidden humor it provides the older viewers.
The movie is about Count Dracula and his efforts to protect his daughter, who wants to explore the human world. However, the monsters fear humans because they’ve been oppressed and killed for centuries. After his wife’s death, Dracula built an estate that would be a sanctuary for monsters and their families and has been hiding his daughter on its ground. Everything is going smoothly until a nomadic human stumbles into the hotel and threatens the tranquility of the hotel. While the concept of monsters The plot is fluid, enticing viewers in and keeping all ages entertained.
The humor alone is worth going to see the movie. While most of it can be appreciated by all ages, there are some jokes targeted towards the separate age groups. Like the fart joke that will have a child rolling in laughter, or the comment made by the Invisible Man about cold water and certain appendages. There are a few running gags that make you laugh every time it is mentioned.
In comparison to the humor, nothing is really spectacular about the animation, but there are some cool landscape shots and effects that are used to represent Count Dracula traveling. In some cases, the characters are animated so that there are portions of their voice actors represented. Anybody that remembers Fran Drescher will recognize her character immediately. The animators paid extraordinary attention to detail, and it shows in one particular scene where the makeup on the human, who is disguised as a monster, has obvious trails from where fingers were used to apply it.
The director did a very good job of selecting voice actors who were very distinctive. I don’t typically like Adam Sandler, but even I could appreciate his work in this film. Jackie Sandler, wife of star and producer Adam Sandler, made her usual appearance in her husband’s films. But I do have to give props to David Spade, who played the Invisible Man – Since animation relies a lot on visuals to give them clues about what emotion the character is expressing, the fact that Spade managed to convey so much with just his voice is a huge accomplishment in my book.
So, in conclusion, ‘Hotel Transylvania’ is a movie with humor that transcends ages and is worth the price of admission.