Review: Hotel Transylvania: Transformania | Houston Press

Title: Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Describe this film in one Love at the first bite Quote:

COUNT DRACULA: Children of the night, shut up!

Brief summary of the plot: “What if we were the monsters from the start? “

Rating using random objects relevant to the film: 1.5 out of 5 crystal skulls.

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Slogan : “Change can be frightening.”

Best slogan: “But not as scary as those Amazon Prime fees.”

Synopsis of the not-so-brief plot: On the eve of Hotel Transylvania’s 125th anniversary, Count Dracula (Brian Hull) is set to announce his intention to retire and leave the hotel to his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her husband. Johnny (Andy Samberg). One problem: Johnny is human, and a little silly. Drac then delays his retirement and Johnny, blaming himself, uses Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) “Monsterification Ray” to transform into a monster. Unfortunately, the ray accidentally turns Drac – and many of his friends – into humans.
“Critical analysis: Adam Sandler, who voiced the character of Drac in the first three Hotel Transylvania, is somewhat famous for making films that primarily serve as vacations for him and his friends. So it is not a good omen that even he did not bother to call for a performance during Transformation, a film that would have required a few weeks of blunders in a studio in pajamas.

“Telephoning”, unfortunately, describes pretty much the entire production. Like Sandler, director Genndy Tartakovsky bailed out, handing over his duties to Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon. It still has a script and a “story by” credit, both of which are charitable descriptions of an end product that feels like the cinematic equivalent of a sleepless night to complete a research paper you should have started ago. at six weeks.

The only thing that stands up from a distance is the animation, which is the same over-the-top Tex Avery style in a fun way that sometimes distracts you from [waves hands] everything else. It was also used for better effect by Tartakovsky in Dexter’s lab.

And if that’s your thing, there are Easter Eggs strewn about, many due to the franchise’s connection to the Pantheon of Universal Monsters (there may also have been a Prestige reservoir in Van Helsing’s laboratory). The human versions of the main cast are also intermittently fun, with most of the laughter coming from how the now-visible man (David Spade) looks like a naked Larry from The Three Stooges, or the new handsome Frank’s (Brad Abrell) obsession with his looks.

Frank, of course, used to be voiced by Kevin James. Still the loyal Sandler pocket dog, James has also given up Transformation.

On that note, you have to ask: why didn’t everyone do it? A lingering problem in studio animation is how it continues to insist on using high-profile talent rather than primarily voice actors. There’s absolutely no reason for Kathryn Hahn, Steve Buscemi, or Selena Gomez to be in there, as there isn’t anything distinctive enough about their characters to use specific vocal qualities.

That’s double for Andy Samberg. His Johnny is, in short, unbearable. the SNL / Brooklyn 99 alum is definitely a good comedic actor when he wants to be, but every moment that Johnny is on screen, you just wish Drac would rip his throat out and be done with it.

But that would prevent Drac from coming to appreciate the diamond with the rough charms of his son-in-law, a process facilitated by his … transformation. None of this is revolutionary, and it isn’t meant to be, but to paraphrase Rick from Casablanca, I don’t mind having money, I oppose a reduction. HT: T silliness and predictability would be perfect if it didn’t sound so lazy.

Ask a 12-year-old:
RFTED: Any ideas?
12 years old: I’m just glad Blobby is doing well.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.


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