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Hotel Translyvania 2

Hotel Translyvania 2
Starring:
Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Dave Spade and Kevin James


Rated: PG for some scary images, action and rude humor. 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 25, 2015 Released by: Sony Pictures

Director Genndy Tartakovsky's animated comedy sequel has Count Dracula (voice by Adam Sandler) trying to keep up with changing times by accepting humans into his circle.
 
He hosts a lavish wedding for daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) to her human boyfriend Jonathan (Andy Samberg).   He opens up his hotel to monsters and humans alike.  One by one grotesque looking creatures enter along side of humans, and although they all seem uncomfortable with each other, they eventually dance and party together and have a grand ole time.
 
A year goes by and baby Dennis is born.  He has shocking red hair, and his parents and Drac are thrilled by his arrival.  Drac can't wait to have the boy emulate Grandpa Vampire - or as he likes to call himself - "Vampa".
 
When the boy is about to turn five and still has not developed fangs, Drac plans to help him along by giving him some training.  He coaxes Mavis and Jonathan to go on a trip to California and leave the tyke with him.  Mavis wants to give her son a normal life and is considering moving to the coast, so Drac has a short time to work on little Dennis.
 
He calls his buddies to join him on a road trip to take the boy to a vampire training camp that he attended as a child.  One of the funniest scenes has Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade) driving the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Frankenstein (Kevin James), Drac and Dennis to the camp in the woods.  There's not enough room in the truck for Blobby, a big jello-like blob, so he rides on a Rascal scooter hitched onto the side of their truck.  Off they go, and its a wild ride.
 
Written by Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel, there are inappropriate scenes for younger kids.  Drac sings a "lullaby" about killing and stealing souls to the baby, Blobby has a dead squirrel in the middle of his transparent stomach and Drac encourages his friend the wolf to kill a baby deer - to name a few examples.
 
I know its a story about monsters, but it is also a story aimed at kids, after all.

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