In this first teaser for Sony Pictures' Hotel Transylvania, an Adam Sandler-voiced Dracula calls the titular inn "a place I built for all those monsters hiding from the persecution of humankind." The description works equally well for the film as a whole, which hides Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, and (unfortunately) Steve Buscemi in CGI Halloween costumes, behind which they can once again lazily pal around, now free from humankind's persecution of Grown Ups. Sandler protégé Andy Samberg also figures in prominently, providing the voice of a young man who wanders into Hotel Transylvania with the same naïveté Samberg probably exuded his first day on the set of That's My Boy, before he realized he was just making a Budweiser commercial. I can't wait to watch him slowly realize what he's stumbled into, become fearful, and finally resign himself to his new family of repellent castoffs! Both Samberg and his character.
The film was directed by modern cartoon legend Genndy Tartakovsky, whose proven work on things like Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory means we should probably give this a second look for at least the stylish, oft-silhouetted animation. Is there a chance that could make it worth enduring an hour-and-a-half of Samberg's "funny dope" voice?