Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) revealed a first-look teaser today for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the latest theatrical feature in the studio’s most successful franchise to date.
In this film, Drac and family take a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship, but their dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Drac falls for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who harbors a secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
The trailer is gorgeous to watch, especially if you’re a fan of exaggerated and cartoony 3d. The comic animation is sharply timed and the poses read beautifully because they aren’t being motion blurred to death. Further, the lighting and texturing work together to create the effect that one is watching exquisitely-rendered cartoon paintings. We’re starting to see some really great work in the realm of cartoony 3d (Dreamworks’ Captain Underpants was a highlight this year), but there is arguably no one today that is executing the super-cartoony style with more polish and refinement than Tartakovsky, SPA, and the animation production team at Sony Pictures Imageworks.