This sequel to 2012’s animated hit, Hotel Transylvania, reunites the original cast for another comical tale of humans vs monsters in a world where both can be as good or bad as each other.
Written by Robert Smigel and film star Adam Sandler (voicing the role of Vlad), the action opens one year after the Hotel Transylvania has opened its doors to monsters and humans alike. What was once a retreat for monsters to come together in safety to be themselves, is now a hub of monster-loving humans and bizarre creatures of all kind.
Vlad’s vampire daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and human husband Jonathan (Andy Samberg) have had their first child and through a quick volley of scenes, we’re taken to forward in time to baby Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) now a young child who is still showing no signs of growing fangs. When Mavis leaves Vlad in charge of Dennis to take a much needed vacation with her husband, Vlad succumbs to his fears that he might have a human grandchild and gathers his monster mates to scare the fangs out of Dennis. Meanwhile, Mavis has also invited Vlad’s human-hating father to visit (a welcome appearance by Mel Brooks), not realising that trouble it will brew.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky returns for this feature and makes the most of the talented team of animators and actors. The lines are delivered in a truly adhoc way, suggesting the actors may have been given the freedom to adlib a little. There’s a lot of memorable one-liners as the the once-terrifying creatures now find their lives of comfort have softened them a little too much – to Vlad’s growing despair!
The imaginative line between scary monsters and loveable personalities is tread expertly, giving a delightfully entertaining twist to the recognisable nightmares we once had as children. Hotel Transylvania 2, like it’s predecessor, is entertainment for the whole family and far from frightening. It’s a story about family and acceptance, delivered with enough quirky comedy to keep the story just as interesting and fun the second time around.
Blu-ray bonus features include a singalong in monster scary-oke, deleted scenes, commentaries, instructions on how to make the scary, silly sounds of Hotel Transylvania 2 and how to throw the ultimate monster party. DVD bonus features include a music video, character sketch gallery and commentaries.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 10: 8
Hotel Transylvania 2 is out now on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Ultravoilet Digital.