Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , , based on characters created by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In this hilarious sequel to the cute original, Count Dracula (a charming voice performance by ) happily oversees the marriage of his vampire daughter () to her human boyfriend (), then is beyond thrilled when she announces that she has a bun in her undead oven.  A mixed marriage is no problem for our friend Drac so long as they give birth to a monster, plunging him into denial when little Dennis is born and appears to be purely mortal.  Perhaps he’s just a late fanger?  Or maybe he needs his grandfather to help him find his true monstrous self.  While the boy’s parents head to California to scope out the possibility of living in a more normal place to raise a child, Dracula and his buddies take the boy into the eastern European woods in search of ways to inspire his brutal nature to take over.  Unfortunately, the world is now a different place, where humans are comfortable with monsters and bust out their selfie cameras instead of wooden stakes, while the (hilarious) summer camp for vampires that Dracula takes them to as a last resort focuses more on songs around campfires than killing.  The adventures get more and more out of control as our caped anti-hero becomes more desperate to do some diabolical deeds, eventually coming to understand that what he needs is to find his true tolerant and understanding self.  Between the very funny sight gags and the witty dialogue (including a very witty joke about the Invisible Man’s “girlfriend”) it’s hard to know what tickles the ribs the most in this, the best of the three films in the franchise.

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