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Hotel Transylvania 2: Say hello to my monster friends

It is seven years after the original film. Mavis and Jonathan are married and have a little boy—Dennis. Drac is more accepting of humans at Hotel Transylvania. Mavis wants Dennis to have a normal childhood while Dracula wants his grandson to be a good little monster complete with fangs and shape shifting.

Matters come to a head when Mavis decides to move to California so that Dennis can have regular friends and Dracula decides the thing to do is take Dennis to a vampire summer camp to bring out his inner monster. Unfortunately, even there things have been made safe (“Insurance” as the camp director points out) and Dennis shows no sign of his vampire side.

Mavis decides after Dennis’ fifth birthday party, the family would move to California.

Mavis invites Dracula’s father Vlad for the party and all turns out well after a little bust up. While Adam Sandler (Dracula), Selena Gomez (Mavis) Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Steve Buscemi (Wayne the werewolf), David Spade (Invisible Man) and Keegan-Michael Key (Mummy) reprise their roles, the new entrants include Mel Brooks (Vlad) and Asher Blinkoff as the red haired, fangless Dennis.

Director Genndy Tartakovsky also returns to the franchise. The movie has its funny bits (the vampire GPS is hilarious) and Dennis is cute as a button, tousled red curls and all.

The film is not wildly inventive though.

Tartakovsky has said he will not return for the third instalment, which will surely be there.

Bleh, Bleh, bleh…

Genre: Animation/ fantasy/comedy

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

Voice cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Mel Brooks

Plot: Drac has a grandson—is he a vampire? Is he human?

Bottomline: Cute and toothless


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