Sony Pictures Animation’s hit franchise is releasing the animated short Puppy!, ahead of the third installment of Hotel Transylvania, which is set to hit theaters in the summer of 2018. The series tells the story of Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) growing family — his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), her new human husband, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), and now, Drac’s grandson, Dennis (Asher Blinkoff).
The franchise has been a huge family hit, and there’s little doubt that the third installment will also be popular, as Danny grows up as a half-human in a world of monsters. Fans of the series won’t have to wait until 2018 to see what Drac and Danny are up to, though, as Sony is releasing a new animated short this summer — and has just given fans a first look.
The short, titled Puppy!, will premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June, before coming to theaters in July. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (who is behind all three Hotel Transylvania films), the short will be attached to The Emoji Movie when it is released this summer.
The poster features an ecstatic Dennis hugging the face of an enormous dog — the titular Puppy. The short follows the adventures of Dennis and his new pet, a monstrously large dog, as they cause chaos all over the Hotel Transylvania. As well as the title of the short, the poster includes the short’s release for summer this year.
From the poster, it looks like Puppy! is going to be a fun family short, with lots of cuteness as Drac, Mavis, Jonathan and the monsters attempt to deal with Dennis’s new pet. It looks like Dennis has grown up a bit since Hotel Transylvania 2, so this short will presumably take place in between the second and third films in the franchise.
It’s not entirely clear whether the events of Puppy! are going to directly affect Hotel Transylvania 3, but it’s unlikely that a short film is going to have any major impact on the plot. However, Dennis’s dog may well make an appearance in the third film in some shape or form. Sony hasn’t promised to make the short available elsewhere, so big fans are going to have to go see The Emoji Movie in order to guarantee a glimpse, although it is likely that the short will pop up online eventually, especially ahead of the third film’s release.
Puppy! will be in theaters summer 2017.