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Hit the road Drac.

To promote the January 14 release of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania on Prime Video, the franchise’s cast of characters are touring the U.S. in a technicolor bus, setting off from California tomorrow. There will be photo ops and item giveaways. Massive character balloons, including a 12-foot Blobby, will also be released.

Transformania is the most high-profile animated film yet acquired by the streaming service, and the concluding feature in a very popular series. The tour doubles up as a promotion of Amazon Fresh and Amazon Bookstore locations, where the bus will be stopping in some places. Seen from these angles, the campaign is hardly surprising.

Still, studios often opt not to put much marketing muscle behind straight-to-streaming titles. And Amazon is still a bit of an unknown quantity when it comes to animated films. It confirmed its acquisition of Transformania in early October 2021, but missed the film’s natural Halloween release and bungled the announcement.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Transformania is produced by Sony Pictures Animation. Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska direct and Genndy Tartakovsky, who helmed the first three Hotel Transylvania films, is writing and executive-producing. The first three films have grossed over $1.3 billion globally; Transformania is the only one in the series not to get a theatrical release.

Here’s where you can see the HT4 campaign:

JOHNNY MONSTER BUS & COSTUME CHARACTER TOUR LOCATIONS & DATES
January 8 – California – Woodland Hills – Amazon Fresh
January 8 – California – Marina Del Rey – Amazon Books
January 8 – Minnesota – Minneapolis – Mall of America
January 8-9 – New York – Manhattan/SoHo – Amazon 4-star
January 9 – California – Long Beach – Amazon Fresh
January 11-16 – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia -Philadelphia Art Museum “Rocky Steps”
January 13 – Texas – Austin – The Hive
January 12-16 – Illinois – Chicago – Millennium Park Promenade
January 13-16 – California – Los Angeles – The Original Farmers Market
January 14-15 – Texas – Austin – The Domain
January 14-16 – Arizona – Phoenix – Arizona Coyotes Game/Zoolights
January 14-18 – Texas – Houston – Discover Green
January 15-16 – Florida – Miami – Brickell City Centre
January 15-16 – Massachusetts – Lynnfield – Amazon Books
January 17 – Florida – Miami – MLK Day Parade
January 17 – Massachusetts – Boston – Boston Common Frog Pond
January 17-18 – Texas – Houston – Discovery Green
January 21 – Georgia – Atlanta – Atlanta Hawkes Game
January 22 – Ohio – Cleveland – Cleveland Monsters Family Day

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