Rated: PG or some rude humor, action and scary images. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: September 28, 2012 Released by: Sony Pictures
Not since Love At First Bite has Dracula has so much fun, well perhaps not Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) but for those of us who are watching Hotel Transylvania.
This animated film reverses the fear factor displaying Dracula's concern that humans don't get near his daughter (voice of Selena Gomez) who is about to celebrate her 118 birthday. Those 18 are dangerous times for young folks. But at 118 Mavis is ready to reach out for the outside and get out from dad's protective cape.
While a sampling of all the horror characters from years of films (in comic animated look) arrive to attend the spectacular birthday party, a young human Jonathan (voice of Andy Samberg) accidentally shows up. The script spends most of its time following Dracula's silly moves to keep the two 18 year olds from getting together. The film is actually about a father overly protecting his daughter and the girl beginning to step away from the protective world she has lived in.
The idea is not too exciting, but the characters voiced effectively by Sandler, Samberg, Gomes and James along with Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon carry out the slyly subversive humor by screenwriters Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel in interesting reverse personalities filled with modest fear along with their comic look, make it work on the level targeted.
It's like The Father of the Bride somewhat bent toward the kids side.