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TRAILER UPDATE: “Hotel Transylvania”

Here’s our second look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s feature for Sony Pictures Animation, Hotel Transylvania.

  • Alissa

    Looks like fun! Not necessarily groundbreaking or thought-provoking, but certainly fun. Kinda leery about the human guy though. Generally characters like him play the stupid card for all it’s worth.

    • Ryoku

      I don’t think that he’ll be stupid, just curious, and at worst he’ll be the main star and very bland.

      If Genndys working on this though, it should turn out decent.

  • Tannan

    They seemed to have gone back and changed some parts of that scene with the skeletons in the shower. In the first trailer the human was done up to look like Frankenstein’s monster, now he looks normal. Very interesting.

    • Azz

      I noticed that too. My guess is that its a bit of a plot point they want to reveal.

  • So Bigfoot is a ‘monster’ who looks like a Yeti? Get your cryptids straight, Sony!

    • I thought he was an albino skunk ape (very rare)

  • Jorgen Klubien

    Another “classy” piece of modern CGI animation… I’m out of this here business!

    • wever

      Hey now. This looks like fun!

    • Why? Are we missing some higher purpose in our entertainment? Give me 90 minutes of yucks, to make me forget for 85 minutes that I’ve got a big exam on Monday (assuming it takes 5 mins to get into the film).

  • I like the Tartakovsky-style snappiness to it – but I absolutely DETEST Adam Sandler’s voice. Takes me out of it every time.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more. His voice does not fit the character at all. That being said, I love the look of the film!

  • Beautiful evocation of strategically-limited 2D animation in 3D. I’ve wondered for years when and if a feature would forgo the floaty secondary underwater plant movement and standardized hammy acting of Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks. Dislike the voices, dislike the dialogue, love the snappy way it moves.

    • Funkybat

      The character animation is probably the best thing about it. I really like the timing, especially on the silhouetted scenes.

  • Taco Wiz

    Tartakovsky’s snappiness is more present in some scenes than others. Interesting.

    They changed the costume the human was wearing in the skeleton scene. Double interesting.

    This movie looks really fun.

  • why did the skeleton scream ‘what’s happening?!’ in that tone suggesting simpering confusion ? Seems like a missed opportunity for a funny line there. A Mae West ‘hey cowboy, why don’t ya come up and scrub my spine some time’ … just off the top of my head…. it just really stood out as an odd line

    Cloudy with a chance of meatballs retains it’s title when it comes to CARTOONY films… I’ll be watching this though

  • anonymous

    I liked sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and this has that really cartoony feel about it as well. looks fun enough

  • SKent.

    Such a shame that a day’s worth of Sandler voice work can ruin years of development and production on what probably would’ve been a perfectly serviceable monster movie.

  • Looks like a very fun movie, I’ll definitely see it!

  • I’ll see it if only ’cause Genndy made it. It looks fun and snappy so I think it will work well. As for Sandler, I didn’t even notice it was him and I’ve worked on other things with him.

    • Baron Lego

      Did Genndy have anything to do with the initial creation of the movie? I thought that he was brought on to help repair the project because the film had fallen into a bit of a bad state.

      Or am I listening to the wrong rumors?

      • Hank

        Yes, there were a lot of prior directors and writers, and the current writers, brought on by Sandler, are driving the boat.

  • Chuck DEEZY

    As much as I hate to agree Adam’s voice really doesn’t fit here. Damn, I was kinda expecting some laughs but I guess I’ll have to see when the movie comes out. Other than that hoping to see more of Genndy’s influence through the film, most definitely.

  • Confuzzed

    Suddenly Mr human backpacker hitchiker travel guy isn’t/doesn’t a blue zombie as in the art work & previous trailer? What? What? Did you guys notice that?

    • Andrew Kieswetter

      I thought he looked like Henry Spencer from Eraserhead with the hairdo.

  • Gonna say what i said in the last post…..LOVING the look of this!! Can totally see the 2d influence…MAN im there!….

  • Rich Tom

    Sandler, Samberg and Selena Gomez will keep me out of the theater. Some poor choices there, Sony.

    • tredlow

      I’d say the same thing, but Tartakovsky is Tartakovsky.

    • Gobo

      Iffy voice actors don’t drive me away from seeing potentially good movies. Maybe I’m in the minority there. I know plenty of people who refused to see “Emperor’s New Groove” due to David Spade but rediscovered it years later and were surprised by how good it was.

  • The animation is really terrific. Some beautifully cartoony stuff. I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

  • Azz

    I’m in for this. C.W.A.C.O.M is one of my favourite animated films of recent times and this looks like it might be similar. I love the snappy movement of the silouetted bigfoot.

  • Roberto

    It doesn’t look like the perfect ideal film for Genndy Tartakovsky to make his directorial debut but it does look fun and visually appealing. It would have been better in 2D considering Tartakovsky’s style, but I like the character design.

    I’ve been also waiting for Tartakovsky to return to pure comedy after Dexter’s Laboratory. I like all his works but I’ve never been such a fan of his more serious ‘action’ shows like Clone Wars or Samurai Jack or the heavy anime influence in Sym-Bionic Titan. I’ve always loved Dexter more than any other thing. I think that show was as great as Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons or Powerpuff Girls and better than Spongebob. It had everything: interesting stories, great character interactions, hilarious gags (both visual and dialogue) and fantastic animation/design.

  • mat

    The guys not blue anymore. Was that a spoiler they took out? If so they why was it in the first trailer to start with?

  • d. harry

    Would have loved to see Uli Meyer’s original version of this.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I wonder if we’ll see a big gorilla or any monsters from Japan in the movie. I don’t consider the Invisible Man a monster,he’s more of a mad scientist.

    • Sandler’s voice just doesn’t work it’s so out of place. Then you have the problem of how long this film’s been in production Hell. I’ll always love Dexter and Clone Wars, but Samurai Jack was one of the most boring cartoons ever. Genndy had great people working with him on the cartoons I liked, I’m not sure he can do anything on his own without the support of a funny intellegent crew. All he has is a script he didn’t even help create and some of the worst voice actors who don’t bring anything to the table. It’s going to be a flop.

      Lines like “We’re thrilled to be working with Adam to create a comedic Dracula for a new generation”
      – Sony Pictures Animation’s president of production Michelle Raimo-Kouyate

      has me worried. What the Hell is she talking about? a comedic Dracula for a new generation

  • JC

    This needs a Gilbert ‘Dracula’ Gottfried

  • iseewhatyoudidthere

    Question: would a strategically placed “Monster Mash” in the soundtrack make or break this movie?

    • Depends if they get some talentless pop star to redo it or not.

      • Funkybat

        Which they almost certainly would do…

  • tredlow

    When I saw the part where the suit of armor is talking to Dracula about the plumbing issue, I immediately thought “That’s Genndy Tartakovsky’s work.”

    Look at Dracula’s and the suit’s poses, and how it zooms out to Bigfoot. It’s definitely made by someone who’s worked in 2D animation for years. You can practically see it in animatic form.

    I hope the whole movie is like this.

  • James

    Great visuals! Much more appealing than the previous trailer.

    But some of the humor…and that Sandler voice…I just hope the former were included for the grade school marketing and don’t represent the whole movie.

    But even if the movie turns out not to be that good, I still may watch it just for the visuals alone, and I’m a big old-style monster movie fan myself.

    • tredlow

      Yeah, none of the jokes in the trailers make me laugh, but the visuals are still so cool.

  • Pedro Nakama

    An animated Rocky Horror Picture Show?

  • ace

    I call for a permanent ban on the line: “I love this guy!”

    • wever

      There needs to be a Cliche Phrase Committee.

  • Why does the door open to the inside of the shower? I’m starting to suspect that Dracula doesn’t know very much about interior design.

  • Ryoku

    Truthfully I’m a bit concerned with this one, wasn’t there an article on troubled workers at Sony?

    I don’t want to watch a film that was made by miserable animators, if this was.

    • HappyRibbit

      No one said they were miserable, just that they want to unionize to get portable healthcare and pensions like their counterparts at Disney and DWA.

      The trailer itself looks fun though. Can’t wait! :D

      • Ryoku

        Ah, thanks for clearing that up.

  • Quiet Desperation

    Ok. Can he finish Samurai Jack now?