The name Genndy Tartakovsky might not ring any bells for a lot of people, but if your formative years fell in the late 90s-early 2000s then chances are good that this writer/director/producer had a big impact on your life, at least as far as after-school TV goes.
Before moving on to this year’s surprise runaway family hit, Hotel Transylvania, Tartakovsky was the creator and showrunner for some of the better-known animated children’s television shows, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Hotel Transylvania was his first theatrical feature and, according to Box Office Mojo, has pulled in just over $250m worldwide since it’s release at the end of September.
More importantly, it got a positive review on Bleeding Cool, which as we all know is the only reliable indicator of a film’s quality.
The Hollywood Reporter have just revealed that a sequel is already in development, pencilled in for a September 15th 2015 release. Tartakovsky, however, will not be returning as his next big project is a big-screen adaptation of Popeye, which he is apparently planning to make as “as artful and unrealistic as possible“.
Critics have praised Hotel Transylvania for its very cartoonish style of animation. Tartakovsky took his experience as a 2D animator and applied the same rules to a fully CG feature, a bold move for a method of animation that is more commonly used in an effort to replicate realistic movement and textures. Tartakovsky has stated his preference for making animation as exaggerated and cartoonish as possible, from characters’ appearances to the ways that they move, and Hotel Transylvania reflects this refreshingly old-school approach even whilst using very new technology.
At this point it’s impossible to know whether Hotel Transylvania 2 will continue in that style or take a new approach, but hopefully Sony will find a great new director to replace the talent that’s been lost.