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Hotel Transylvania

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Hotel Transylvania

Genndy Tartakovsky (2012)

87min
U Certificate
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In this brash and frenetic CGI-animated ghoul-fest, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) has kept his daughter (Selena Gomez) away from torch-bearing humans for a century by operating a castle resort for famous monsters only. But he can only watch in horror when she falls for a stray backpacker (Andy Samberg, from BBC3 comedy Cuckoo). TV-cartoon genius director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) fails to add anything of note to the hackneyed overprotective-dad story, which is etched in often overbearingly exaggerated style. Nor do the snippets of inconsequential songs help. All the genre references are obvious, the slapstick sight gags a pale Tex Avery imitation and, despite a few acceptable groaners - zombie Beethoven, scream-cheese hors d'oeuvres, shrunken head "do not disturb" tags, digs at Twilight - it's painfully unfunny. True, the ultimate message about ignorance being the scariest thing of all is a sincere one, but it gets lost in the nonstop, eager-to-please, uninspired zaniness.

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Cast & Crew

Dracula Adam Sandler
Jonathan Andy Samberg
Mavis Dracula Selena Gomez
Frank / Frankenstein Kevin James
Eunice Fran Drescher
Wayne, the werewolf Steve Buscemi
Wanda Molly Shannon
Griffin, the invisible man David Spade
Murray, the mummy CeeLo Green
Quasimodo Jon Lovitz
Director Genndy Tartakovsky
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Other Information

Language: English Colour and Black and White Theatrical distributor: Sony Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Oct 2012

Comedy Childrens Drama

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