For those who love the world of animated films, the rise of this concentration in the industry has been enormous the last few decades. From hand-drawn animations like the classic Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, to 3-Dimensional computer generated animations such as Wall-E and UP, animation has advanced in exponential rates creating images never thought before as possible. With the leading pioneers already being established, like the brilliant Pixar Studios and DreamWorks Pictures, there is another animation company rising in status of these graphically advanced films.
Sony Pictures Animation has created animated films such as Monster House (2006), Open Season (2006), Surf’s Up (2007), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009), The Smurfs (2011), and Arthur Christmas (2011). Hoping to continue their rise in the industry, Sony Pictures Animation will release Hotel Transylvania on September 12th of this year.
The first trailer for this film, which was recently released, illuminates the creativity behind this dark comedy. In the depths of the classic horror characters, like Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, the Mummy, Big Foot, and other monsters, they are always hiding in the shadows clearing way from human contact in hopes of not being seen and keeping their mythical status; it’s a constant battle for these creatures that proves to be exhausting. Fortunately for the ghouls, Dracula, being the entrepreneur he is, has his luxurious human free resort for monsters, the Hotel Transylvania. Here monsters can be monsters. They can enjoy themselves and the company of fellow monsters without having to lurk in the shadows of loneliness. Since the hotel’s opening there has been zero human contact; however, that all changes when one night a hiking boy by the name of Jonathan stumbles upon Dracula’s monster resort. The boy stays as a guest in the hotel causing an inner uproar amongst the ghouls and making for a humorous story line to the film.
After viewing the first trailer, I have to say, I am excited to see it in September. The characters are voiced by an amazing cast. Dracula is played by Adam Sandler, his daughter Mavis is played by Selena Gomez, Wayne (Werewolf) is played by Steve Buscemi, Frank (Frankenstein) is played by Kevin James, Griffin (The Invisible Man) is played by David Spade, Murray the Mummy is played by Cee-Lo Green and the human, Jonathan, is played by Andy Samberg. With such a variety this film is sure to be another award winner from Sony Animation Pictures.
Another great piece of the puzzle that Sony is bringing to the table for this production is director Genndy Tartakovsky. The Russian native is well known for his creation of the 90s animated hit series Dexter’s Laboratory and the more recent Samurai Jack. Being a 90s child myself, I grew up watching television shows like Dexter’s Laboratory so I personally am anticipating this film greatly. Along with the wonderful cast, director, and nostalgic connotations this film is sure to be a success. Hotel Transylvania hits theaters September 12th, 2012.
‘Hotel Transylvania’ Movie Trailer