Sometimes monsters need a break too. That’s why Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) opened Hotel Transylvania, a five-star resort where monsters and their families—including Frankenstein (voiced by Kevin James) and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and a family of werewolves—can live it up without worrying about frightening or offending anyone in the human world.
Although he’s a monster, Dracula is much like any other overprotective dad when it comes to his teenage daughter, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez). He makes up stories about terrible dangers in order to keep her from wanting to venture outside of the hotel. But that doesn’t stop dangers from coming in.
Dracula’s world starts crumbling when an ordinary human guy (voiced by Andy Samberg), manages to find his way into the hotel and happens to fall for Mavis.
“Hotel Transylvania” reminds me somewhat of Disney’s “Monsters, Inc.” It is an entertaining, animated film featuring many familiar horror characters including vampires, monsters, skeletons, werewolves, Frankenstein, and so on. However, these “scary” characters are actually quite lovable and funny. Dracula built the hotel to give his daughter and all his monster friends a safe place away from all the scary humans. Everything is fine until a human musician, Jimmy, stumbles upon the hotel and falls head over heels for Dracula’s daughter, Mavis. Once his presence is discovered by Quasimodo the cook, the fun begins.
The story is full of slapstick humor including two “passing gas” jokes. But much of the verbal humor is geared to adults. There are a few double entendres, but nothing gross or profane. All in all, the story is quite charming, but not fall-down-funny. One comment by Dracula, “I’m going to suck all the blood out of your body” is not threatening at all, but a feeble attempt to scare Jimmy.
We award “Hotel Transylvania” the Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages, but especially for those age 6 and over.