First Images From Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania

It may not immediately have the hard graphic appeal of some of his other work, but there’s good work in the character designs for Genndy Tartakovsky‘s first theatrical feature, the CG toon Hotel Translyvania, starring Adam Sandler as a version of Dracula who moonlights (as it were) as a hotelier.

The first image reveals Mavis, Dracula’s daughter; Wayne and Wanda the werewolves; Murray the Mummy; Dracula himself; and Frank, the rather confusingly named incarnation of Frankenstein’s monster. You’ll also see the Invisible Man’s glasses, but I can’t quite call that a character reveal.

And here’s Dracula with Johnnystein.

Who the heck is Johnnystein? USA Today fill in some plot details:

The monsters assemble at Dracula’s undead-friendly resort, Hotel Transylvania, for the coming-of-age birthday of his daughter Mavis, who is turning 118. In the vampire world, that signals the time to break out from the sanctuary…  backpacker Johnny discovers the place and falls for Mavis. Dracula disguises Johnny as just another partying monster, called Johnnystein, and then tries to sneak him out to avoid alarming the guests.

So, as with Monsters Inc., the monsters are human-phobic.

The big monster party storyline is familiar too, not least from a certain number one hit record and the stop-motion movie it inspired.

Still, Tartakovsky has a fine track record. I’m hoping for good things here even with so many of Adam Sandler’s friends on the cast, making this seem suspiciously like one of his godforsaken messes: Mavis is being voiced by Selena Gomez, replacing Miley Cyrus; Johnnystein is Andy Samberg; Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon are the wolfcouple; Kevin James is Frank; CeeLo Green is the mummy and David Spade is Griffin, the Invisible Man.

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