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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun family film - an unexpected pleasure, October 14, 2012
This review is from: Hotel Transylvania (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) (DVD)
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"Hotel Transylvania"
(Sony Animation, 2012)
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This kid-oriented animated comedy was an unexpected pleasure -- I went into it with my kid with mild dread, but enjoyed it from start to finish, and left the theater in a great mood. "Hotel Transylvania" is an extended spoof of classic monster-movie characters -- Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, The Blob, et al -- with lots of unsubtle though entertaining jokes based on their various traits , and a simple, wholesome message about parents and kids learning to respect and love one another.

The story centers on daddy Dracula, who has retreated from the world and holed up in a remote castle which he built as a refuge for monsters who want a break from the hatred and persecution of monster-fearing, violent humans, and more importantly as a well-feathered nest for his daughter Mavis who -- at 118 years old -- wants to finally go see the world, but is still held back by her overprotective dad. Mavis is a stylish, laconic, Goth-y gal, sort of like the Incredibles' Violet but with a hipper haircut and some really cute little fangs. Like most of the characters, she isn't overdone; the tone is just right, as it is for her dad who, even though he's overbearing, is entirely likable and sympathetic. The script cheerfully traffics in formula and affectionately crafted cliches, as well as a nonstop barrage of inoffensive, kid-friendly humor (a few fart jokes, but nothing worse than that). It was just the right tone for families with younger children who want a macabre, monster-y theme, but don't want to get all Tim Burton-ed-out and irony-laden about it and don't want to see anything genuinely scary. If you liked "Monsters Inc." you'll probably enjoy this as well -- it's not as great a movie, but it's nice, light fun and works as well for Father's Day as for Halloween. Recommended! (Papa Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's media reviews)
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