My children and I saw an early screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 last weekend. We loved it. Two of my kids thought it was better than the first film. And two of us liked the first film better. In the sequel, Dracula is once again butting in where he doesn’t belong. This time around, he tries his best to bring out the vampire in his grandson. Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony Pictures Animation) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn four things about the animated film.
Four Things About Hotel Transylvania 2
It’s a sequel, but you don’t need to see the first film
It’s helpful, but you don’t really need to see the first Hotel Transylvania to understand the sequel. In the first movie, Dracula’s daughter (Mavis) becomes an adult and is ready to leave home. Dracula is an over-protective dad and he doesn’t want Mavis to leave. He’s afraid something bad will happen to hurt. And it doesn’t help that Dracula’ wife was killed by humans. But Mavis falls in love with a human (Jonathan), and Dracula realizes Jonathan is good for Mavis. They have zing together.
Dracula isn’t an over-protected dad anymore
In Hotel Transylvania 2, Mavis marries Jonathan. Then they have a baby son. The baby (Dennis) is half vampire and half human, but the vampire half appears to be dormant. Dracula is worried Dennis might not be a vampire at all. So Dracula and his monster buddies put Dennis through monster boot camp. One of things Dracula does to try to wake the vampire inside Dennis is to toss him off a high tower and assume he’ll change into a bat before he hits the ground.
Mel Brooks is in Hotel Transylvania 2
Most of the voices from the first movie are back. New to the cast is Mel Brooks. He’s the voice of Dracula’s dad, Vlad. Other voices include Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), David Spade (Griffin), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Asher Blinkoff (Dennis), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Molly Shannon (Wanda), Megan Mullally (Grandma Linda), Nick Offerman (Grandpa Mike), Dana Carvey (Dana), and Rob Riggle (Bela). The film was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.
The movie is rated PG
Hotel Transylvania 2 is rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor. The 89-minute animated movie is quite safe for kids. Even my youngest child wasn’t scared, and he gets scared easily.