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Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
Produced by Michelle Murdocca
Written by
Starring
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Editing by Catherine Apple
Studio Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
LStar Capital
MRC
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date(s) September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Budget $80 million
Money made $474.8 million

Hotel Transylvania 2 is a 2015 American computer animated comedy film directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Robert Smigel, and it is the second installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the sequel to Hotel Transylvania (2012). Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, it was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, with an additional funding provided by LStar Capital.

Hotel Transylvania 2 depicts events taking place after the first film, with the hotel now open to human guests. Mavis and Johnny have a young son named Dennis, whose lack of any vampire abilities worries his maternal grandfather Dracula. When Mavis and Johnny go on a visit to Johnny's parents, Drac calls his friends to help him make Dennis a vampire. Soon, things turn upside-down when Drac's old-school, human-hating father Vlad unexpectedly visits the hotel.

Original voices from the first film — Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Rob Riggle, Sadie Sandler, Jonny Solomon, Luenell, Chris Parnell, and Jon Lovitz — returned for the sequel, with Keegan-Michael Key replacing CeeLo Green as Murray. New additions to the cast include Asher Blinkoff, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Dana Carvey, and Mel Brooks. The film was released on September 25, 2015, by Columbia Pictures, grossing $474 million worldwide on an $80 million budget. The sequel, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, was released in July 2018.

Plot

After the events of the first film, Mavis and her new fiancé Johnny are finally married, with the approval of her father Dracula, and the world becomes aware, and unafraid of the existence of monsters. Mavis later reveals to Drac that she is pregnant and later, she gives birth to a ginger-haired baby boy named Dennis.

As Dennis' fifth birthday nears, he has yet to grow his fangs and Drac worries that his grandson might not gain vampire powers. Noticing the potential dangers of Transylvania, Mavis starts to consider raising Dennis where Johnny grew up, much to Drac's disapproval. Drac tells Johnny (who does not want to leave the hotel either) to bring Mavis to California to visit his parents, Mike and Linda, but to make sure to keep her distracted so that she will not move, leaving Drac to "babysit" Dennis. Drac enlists his friends Frank, Wayne, Griffin, Murray, and Blobby to help train Dennis to become a monster, to no avail.

Drac takes Dennis to his childhood summer camp, Camp Winnepacaca, where he learned to hone his vampire abilities and discovers that the camp is safer than it was when he went there. Drac stubbornly believes Dennis is a "late fanger", so he hurls Dennis from a tall, unstable tower to pressure the boy's transformation into a bat. Dennis, however, does not transform and Drac has to fly down and rescue him at the last second. The stunt is filmed by the campers and uploaded to the Internet, which eventually reaches Johnny and Mavis. Mavis angrily transforms into a bat to get herself and Johnny back to Transylvania. Drac and his friends reach the hotel a couple of seconds after Mavis. She confronts her father for putting Dennis in grave danger and his inability to accept that he is human. She states she will move out of the hotel after Dennis' 5th birthday the following Wednesday. Drac hangs his head with deep guilt after Mavis tells him that he may have let humans into the hotel, but hasn't let them into his heart.

Mavis invites Vlad, her grandfather and Drac's father, to Dennis' birthday party. As Vlad is much worse than he was when it comes to humans, Drac tells Johnny to have the human party-goers disguise themselves as monsters. Vlad receives the invitation and arrives with his monstrous bat-like servant Bela 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' favorite TV monster "Kakie the Cake Monster" to scare Dennis, but Drac shields his frightened grandson at the last moment, breaks Vlad's hold over the performer, and exposes the deception to Vlad, who is outraged that Drac has accepted humans as guests in his hotel and let Mavis to marry Johnny and Dennis be human. Drac confronts Vlad about how humans are different now. Mavis becomes upset with her grandfather's behavior. While the family argues, Dennis sadly flees the hotel and enters the forest with Wayne's daughter, Winnie, who has a crush on Dennis, in tow, hiding in her treehouse.

They are attacked by Bela, who overheard Mavis say that Dennis is a human. When Bela injures Winnie and threatens to destroy the hotel, 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, Johnny, Mavis, Dennis, the Loughran family, and the rest of the monsters team up to defeat Bela's minions and drive them away. A livid Bela then attempts to kill Johnny himself with a stake. However, having been won over by Drac's claim that humans now coexist peacefully, Vlad shrinks Bela and tells him never to bother his family again, saving Johnny. Bela then tries to flee, but is caught and licked excessively by the werewolf pups. With Dennis having vampire abilities, Johnny and Mavis decide to continue raising him in Transylvania, and they resume the party with his friends and family.

Voice cast

  • Adam Sandler as Count Dracula: Mavis' father, Jonathan's father-in-law, and Dennis' maternal grandfather.
  • Andy Samberg as Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran: Mavis' husband, Dennis' father, and son-in-law of Dracula.
  • Selena Gomez as Mavis Dracula: Johnny's vampire wife, Dennis' overprotective mother, and daughter of Count Dracula and his late wife Martha.
  • Kevin James as Frankenstein: Drac's friend who hangs with Murray.
  • David Spade as Griffin the Invisible Man
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Murray: a mummy who hangs with Frank. He was previously voiced by CeeLo Green in the first movie.
  • Steve Buscemi as Wayne: a werewolf.
  • Molly Shannon as Wanda: a werewolf and Wayne's wife.
  • Fran Drescher as Eunice: the wife of Frankenstein.
  • Mel Brooks as Vlad: Dracula's father, Mavis' paternal grandfather, and Dennis' great grandfather.
  • Asher Blinkoff as Dennis Dracula-Loughran: Mavis and Johnny's dhampir son.
    • Sunny Sandler as baby Dennis Dracula-Loughran
  • Megan Mullally as Linda Loughran: Johnny's mother, Mavis's mother-in-law, and Dennis' paternal grandmother.
  • Nick Offerman as Michael "Mike" Loughran: Johnny's father, Mavis's father-in-law, and Dennis' paternal grandfather.
  • Rob Riggle as Bela: Vlad's bat-like servant. Riggle was the voice of the Skeleton Husband from the first movie.
  • Dana Carvey as Dana: the vampire camp director.
  • Chris Kattan as Kakie: a cake monster from Dennis' favorite television series.
  • Jon Lovitz as Erik: the Phantom of the Opera and the hotel's residential musician. Lovitz was the voice of Quasimodo from the first movie.
  • Luenell as a Shrunken head.
  • Paul Brittain as Pandragora: an easygoing monster with tentacled hair that lives in Santa Cruz.
  • Nick Swardson as Paul: a bearded man who is Mike and Linda's neighbor.
  • Chris Parnell as Fly: Hotel Transylvania's fitness instructor.
  • Doug Dale as Kal: a Mini-Mart worker in Santa Cruz.

Music

In March 2015, it was announced that Mark Mothersbaugh, who scored the first film, had signed on to score the sequel.

American girl group Fifth Harmony recorded a song for the film entitled "I'm in Love with a Monster". It was featured in the film's official trailer and was also played when the film itself was released.

Soundtrack

  1. "Vlad's Intro" (0:12)
  2. "GDFR" – Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas (5:20)
  3. "I'm in Love with a Monster" – Fifth Harmony (3:54)
  4. "Worth It" – Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink (3:45)
  5. "Sledgehammer Trouble" – Fifth Harmony and Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson (3:22)
  6. "I Have Nothing" – Ariana Grande (3:08)
  7. "Reputation" – Fifth Harmony and Pia Mia (3:29)
  8. "Focus" – Ariana Grande (3:55)
  9. "Saved by the Bell" – Todrick Hall featuring Taylor Swift (4:31)
  10. "Kingdom Come" – Demi Lovato featuring Iggy Azalea (4:22)
  11. "Funny Talent Skit" (0:04)
  12. "Goin' Down for Real" – Rita Ora featuring Iggy Azalea (4:21)
  13. "Bang Dem Sticks" – Meghan Trainor (4:15)
  14. "The Best Part" – Bebe Rexha (3:44)
  15. "Movie Theater Skit" (0:15)
  16. "Grown" – Little Mix (4:38)
  17. "Movie Theater Camp Skit" (0:06)
  18. "Sledgehammer Part II – Fifth Harmony featuring Iggy Azalea (4:28)

Sequel

Michelle Murdocca, the film's producer, said before the film's release that the studio was "talking about number 3 and moving forward and taking the franchise to the next level." On November 2, 2015, it was announced Hotel Transylvania 3 will be released on September 21, 2018. Despite previously leaving the series to direct other projects, Genndy Tartakovsky will return as director for this installment. According to Tartakovsky, he returned after he got an inspiration from a "miserable" family vacation. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg will also reprise their previous roles as Drac, Mavis and Johnny in the film, which is being written by Austin Powers writer Michael McCullers. The film will take place aboard a cruise ship. On February 6, 2017, the release date was moved up to July 13, 2018.

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