Genndy Tartakovsky is a pioneer in the animation world. He was the creator of the cartoon show Dexter’s Laboratory and executive produced and directed The Powerpuff Girls, both shows that introduced a new frenetic style of animation and a new sense of humor that had not been seen in animation. In 2001 he created his own show Samurai Jack, which became a cult hit and in 2003 he took on the world of Star Wars with Star Wars: The Clone Wars which also developed a devoted following. In 2012 he made the jump to feature films with Hotel Transylvania, which became a massive hit for Sony Pictures Animation. Now he follows that up with a sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2.
After the events of the first film, Dracula (Adam Sandler) is nervous when his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her human husband Jonathan (Andy Samberg) decide they might have to move out of the hotel to a human city with their son Dennis, who is showing no signs of his vampire side. Now it is up to Drac and his pals to show Dennis the ways of the vampires in hopes of his fangs finally showing up so that everyone will stay together at the hotel.
Hotel Transylvania was such a wonderful animated film; it had so much heart, so much humor and was silly enough for the little ones but well written enough for the adults. In a rare feat, Tartakovsky actually managed to make a sequel that is funnier, sharper, and more heart warming. And the voice talent absolutely nails every performance. Sandler, Gomez, Samberg, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle and even Mel Brooks bring a wild abandon to the voice work and make a fantastic script even better with their comedic talents. And the animated style of Tartakovsky makes Hotel Transylvania 2 feel different than all the other animated films out there making it stand out from the crowd. Whether you have kids or not, Hotel Transylvania 2 is a highly recommended comedy for anyone out there.