Hotel Transylvania 2 (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet)

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In this all-new monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne, and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp! In theaters September 25.

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  1. Whitt Patrick Pond says:
    34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    They’re baaacck!, September 25, 2015
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    Whitt Patrick Pond (Cambridge, MA United States) –
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    I have to admit, I was looking forward to seeing Hotel Transylvania 2 ever since I first heard that they were doing it. And the film definitely does not disappoint. Which is not surprising as they had the same creative team and talent behind this new movie as they did behind the original. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack) from a screenplay by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Saturday Night Live), Hotel Transylvania 2 is a seamless follow up to its predecessor with everything, including the animation, taken up a notch.

    A couple of years have passed since we first saw the Hotel Transylvania when Dracula (Adam Sandler), who had built the hotel as a kind of secret sanctuary where monsters could periodically escape to to get away from the much dreaded humans, had to deal first with the crisis of the hotel’s discovery by a genially goofy human backpacker named Jonathan (Andy Samberg), and then with the much bigger crisis of Jonathan meeting his teenage daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the two of them immediately “zinging” (also known as love at first sight). But things worked out and, as we see in the film’s beginning, Jonathan and Mavis get married, nature (human and vampire) takes its course, and Dracula is now a doting grand-dad, to Jonathan and Mavis’ adorable toddler Dennis (Asher Blinkoff). With the delight of course being shared by Mavis’ extended monster family: Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his Franken-wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), buttoned-down wolfman Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and his were-spouse Wanda (Molly Shannon) and their feral pack of were-kids, the invisible man Griffin (David Spade) and the mummy-with-the-most Murray (this time voiced by Keegan-Michael Key).

    But of course there has to be a crisis, and this time it comes in twin worries for the Count. The first worry is that Dennis, who’s supposed to be half-vampire after all, is showing no signs of becoming a vampire, much to Drac’s chagrin and embarrassment. But the second worry hits even harder: Mavis feels that the hotel, much as she loves it, is not a safe place for a human child to be raised and is talking about leaving so that she and Jonathan can raise Dennis in a safer environment. Unable to bear the thought of not having his beloved daughter and grandson around, Dracula and his buddies have to find a way to get Dennis’s latent vampire-ness to emerge before Mavis makes the final decision for the family to move.

    While there is a certain predictability to a lot of the situations that arise, Tartakovsky deals with it smartly by keeping things moving and focusing on how the characters deal with things, each in their own distinctly individual way, and the fun lies in watching how things play out. There’s a lot of affection for these characters not only in the way they’re written in the script but also in the way they’re given life by the animators and by the voice actors playing them, and that is what really drives the film and makes it fun for everyone.

    With the exception of Murray, originally voiced by CeeLo Green, pretty much all of the voice actors from the first movie are back in their familiar roles, doing a superb job of bringing the Hotel characters to life. One notable change though is that Jon Lovitz, who voiced the hotel’s hunchback chef Quasimodo Wilson in the first film, is this time the voice of the Phantom of the Opera, now apparently employed as the hotel’s lounge singer. Among the new characters and voices is Dana Carvey as Dana, the safety-first feelings-are-good vampire camp counselor, though the hands down stand-out is Mel Brooks, perfectly cast as Dracula’s dad, the crotchety cantankerous Vlad. And like I said earlier, the animation, which was already pretty good in the first film, appears to have been taken up a notch in this new one, with added levels of detail and texture that really give depth to the settings and the characters. This is definitely the kind of movie you want to get the DVD for so that you can go back and catch all of the little throw-away details and references that have been worked into it.

    Also returning is Mark Mothersbaugh (Hotel Transylvania, Pitch Perfect 2, The Lego Movie) to provide the musical score which nicely adds to the overall feeling of the animation and the character interactions playing out on the screen.

    My one real quibble with the movie is that the story doesn’t flow as smoothly as it did in the first film. The first two-thirds of Hotel Transylvania 2 seem a bit choppy by comparison, jumping rather than flowing from scene to scene, which made it hard for the film to build up momentum. But that said, when things do get going they get going in a big way, and the payoff when it comes delivers in highly satisfying ways on every level, making it all worthwhile.

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  2. MairC says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really fun, December 23, 2015
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    MairC

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    I loved the first movie and this one is just as good, if not better. Made me laugh–that’s got to be worth something!

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  3. The Movie Guy says:
    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!, October 25, 2015
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    The Movie Guy (United States) –

    Yes, I liked this film more than the critics.

    In this sequel our mixed human-monster couple get married and Marvis (Selena Gomez) is pregnant in about 2 minutes. Marvis wants the raise the human child in California, which she loves, while Jonathan (Andy Samberg) who is bored with California wants him to stay in Transylvania. The film has humor for adults such as the Picasso painting. Was that ice scream cake or sour scream icing?

    The film pokes fun at our nanny culture and how we coddle our children with vampire summer camp.

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