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Summary / Analysis
Times of India
Dracula's (Sandler) concern these days is that his mixed blood grandson Dennis (Blinkoff) is more human than monster. His fears aren't unfounded, as Dennis is after all the half-human and half-vampire son of Mavis (Gomez) and Jonathan (Samberg). Mavis agrees to let Dracula 'babysit' Dennis for a road trip, so to speak, along with Frank (James), Murray (Key), Wayne (Buscemi) and Griffin (Spade). Dracula and gang put Dennis through a 'boot camp' designed to make a monster out of him. When Drac's curmudgeonly dad Vlad (Brooks) enters the scene, everything changes.
Backed by a delightful cast and animation effects that are thankfully not over-the-top and too gaudy, Hotel Transylvania 2 is subtly intelligent and is a film that even the adults among the audience will not get fidgety sitting through - thanks to some scary images, exciting action and rude humor - while the kids have a ball.
The sequel to the 2012 flick ironically has Adam Sandler putting in his best performance - even though it's his voiceover here - in terms of emotiveness and genuine humor. There's no half-heartedness, dialing-it-in sense of performance that he has become known to dish out these days. Take that and combine it with Russian-born American animator, director and producer Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Hotel Transylvania and Dexter's Laboratory to his credit) and what you have is some quality animated product.
There are plenty of sight gags and as is de rigueur of good animated flicks these days, there are also many modern pop culture references that most audiences would surely get. Particularly delightful is Blobby (Solomon), whose structure is more jelly-like than monster and all parts adorable.
While HT 2 is all about feelgood emotions, there are some interesting edges to it. For example, Vlad's (Brooks) entry later on in the film provides for a hike in cinematic momentum where otherwise the film may have sagged, despite its fairly concise runtime. Sequels - whether animated or not - are a tricky business. But thankfully, this one does not disappoint. Your cuteness-overload animated flick of the season is here.
The parents of Jonathan, voiced by Andy Samberg, are voiced by real-life husband and wife, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.
Cee-Lo Green did not reprise his role as the voice of Murray The Mummy due to his arrest. Instead, Keegan-Michael Key will replace him.
This is the tenth feature film or television series that Adam Sandler and Kevin James have appeared together in and the second time in 2015.
Mel Brooks plays the voice of "Vlad", aka "Dracula". Brooks directed the 1995 comedy "Dracula: Dead and Loving It".
Hotel Transylvania 2 marks the 4th collaboration of Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey after Little Nicky (2000), The Master of Disguise (2002), and Jack and Jill (2011).
Rob Riggle's character Bela is in reference to Dracula/Frankenstein actor Bela Lugosi.
When any of the vampires are shown in a photo or mirror, they disappear. This effect should also count for videos. The vampires show up in security cameras, video chat and video websites.
In the first movie Jonatan mentions having 6 siblings. However in the second one he has only 3.
In several instances throughout the film, Dracula jumps from having long, sharp nails, to short round nails, and then back to long, sharp nails.
Mavis' teeth become multi colored after drinking multiple Slurpee. They are normal color until she drinks the last one.
After Dracula cracks his phone screen, his image is cracked on Mavis's phone. When a cell phone has a cracked screen, the person on the other end cannot see the cracks.
Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her fiance Johnny (Andy Samberg) are married, with the approval of her father Dracula (Adam Sandler) and the world has become aware of (and unfased by) the existence of monsters. Mavis later reveals to Drac that she is pregnant and a year later, she gives birth to a son named Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), who befriends Wayne's werewolf pup daughter Winnie (Sadie Sandler). Nearing his fifth birthday, Dennis has yet to grow his fangs and Drac worries that his grandson might not gain vampire powers. Noticing the dangers of Transylvania, Mavis starts to consider raising Dennis where Johnny grew up, much to Drac's disapproval.
Drac tells Johnny (who doesn't want to leave the hotel either) to bring Mavis to California to visit the in-laws, Mike (Nick Offerman) and Linda (Megan Mullally), but to make sure to keep her distracted so that she won't want to move, leaving Drac to babysit Dennis. Drac enlists his friends, Frank (Kevin James), Wayne the Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade), Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key) and Blobby the Blob (Jonny Solomon) to help train Dennis to become a monster, to no avail. Drac takes Dennis to a summer camp where he learned to hone his vampire abilities, only to find that the camp is no longer as dangerous as it was when he went there. Desperate, Drac hurls Dennis from a tall, unstable tower to pressure his transformation into a bat, but rescues him at the last second. The stunt is filmed by the campers and uploaded to the internet, which eventually reaches Mavis and Johnny who decide to hurry back to Transylvania. As there aren't any flights available, Mavis flies straight to Translyvania as a bat carrying Johnny. Drac's pack reaches the hotel a couple of seconds after Mavis, who angrily scolds her father for endangering Dennis and his inability to accept that he is human, promising to move out of the hotel after Dennis' fifth birthday next Wednesday.
Mavis invites Vlad (Mel Brooks), her grandfather and Drac's father, to Dennis' birthday party. As Vlad is much worse than he was when it comes to humans (with Drac saying that he would "steal their souls"), Drac tells Johnny to have the human partygoers disguise themselves as monsters. Vlad receives the invitation and arrives with his monstrous bat-like servant Bela (Rob Riggle) to meet his great-grandson for the first time. Meeting him, he believes that fear will cause Dennis' fangs to sprout and possesses a stage performer dressed as Dennis's favourite television monster ("Kakie") to scare Dennis, but Drac shields his grandson at the last moment and exposes the deception to Vlad, who is outraged that Drac has accepted humans as guests in his hotel. Drac confronts his father about how humans are different now.
Mavis is angered by her grandfather's behaviour and while the family quarrels, Dennis sadly flees the hotel (followed by Bela) and enters the forest with Winnie in tow, hiding in her treehouse, but they are attacked by Bela. When Bela injures Winnie, Dennis' anger causes him to instantly grow his fangs and his vampire abilities manifest. He begins to fight Bela, who calls his giant-bat minions. Drac, Mavis, Dennis, the rest of the monsters and (some of) Johnny's family team up to defeat his minions. Bela attempts to kill Johnny in revenge with a stake, but Vlad appears with a change of heart where he shrinks his former servant to a harmless size and the Werewolf Kids drive him away.
Since Dennis now has vampire abilities, Mavis decides to continue raising her son in Transylvania and the party resumes.