Hotel Transylvania (2012)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.

USA, 2012Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by , , , Screenplay by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012.

Even a famous vampire can’t help but turn into a softy when a cute little baby comes into his life, and that’s exactly the love that springs up between the legendary Count Dracula and his infant Mavis. Terrified of a world full of humans who hate and persecute anyone who is different, Dracula constructs a giant hotel for monsters that comes to life every year on his beloved daughter’s birthday. This year she is turning 118 which means, of course, that she is an adult who is ready to face the outside world. He, being a protective parent, wants to keep her cooped up inside the manse in the hopes that no harm will ever come to her. Can he manage this considering that her rebellion grows stronger every day? And how much more difficult it all becomes when a human backpacker accidentally wanders through his front door and finds everything delightful instead of ghoulish. This one will do plenty to entertain the kids, while adults will only be mildly amused; the whole learning-to-accept-change thing has been done to death a million times in animated films, but there are cute explanations for the lack of gore (they don’t drink human blood because it is too fatty) that hold up against the fact that it is never particularly funny.  is an unrecognizably charming voice in the lead, while  is gamely funny as the hapless soul who thinks the freaks are all groovy.

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