Genndy Tartakovsky’s 3D animated monster mash Hotel Transylvania earned a decidedly mixed critical response overall (which is still much better than the reception for your average Adam Sandler movie), but it proved to be a commercial success with a $358 million worldwide gross. And as such, this year we’re going to be getting Hotel Transylvania 2, featuring the same voice cast as the first installment – plus some new additions – as well as Tartakovsky at the helm.
Sony Pictures has debuted a teaser for Hotel Transylvania 2 that provides a handful of new story details for the sequel, including: Dracula’s (Sandler) daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her human husband, Jonathan (Andy Samberg) are now parents; and, by the look of it, Drac has established a summer camp for vampire boys, what with all the campers – glimpsed at the end of the trailer – having vampire fangs and whatnot.
However, the central story conflict in Hotel Transylvania 2 doesn’t have so much to do with Drac’s efforts to train his grandson how to be a proper creature of the night. Rather, it will involve Drac’s own father, Vlad (voiced by Mel Brooks) showing up at his son’s establishment and trying to get everyone there in the hotel to adhere to his (really) old-fashioned approach to running things. So… a variation on the plot in the first Hotel Transylvania, basically.
Tartakovsky’s madcap animation style and joke-a-minute comedy approach were arguably the strongest elements in Hotel Transylvania (with the film’s father/daughter storyline coming in a distant second), and that will probably also remain the case with the sequel. Doubts about the father/son plotline with Drac and Vlad aside, though, the addition of comedy legend Brooks to the ensemble could easily give rise to a funnier installment with Hotel Transylvania 2 – and that should be more than enough for fans of this animated franchise.
Rounding out the Hotel Transylvania 2 voice cast are Kevin James as Frank(enstein’s Monster), Steve Buscemi as Wayne Werewolf, Fran Drescher as Eunice, and Keegan-Michael Key as Murray the Mummy (taking over from CeeLoo Green, who voiced the character in the first movie).
Hotel Transylvania 2 opens in U.S. theaters on September 25th, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures