HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA (2021) Reviews and overview

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‘Change can be scary’

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is a 2021 American animated comedy horror film in which the Drac pack are transforming into humans!

Directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon from a screenplay by Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky, based on the latter’s story. Produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone. Executive produced by Selena Gomez, Genndy Tartakovsky and Michelle Murdocca.

The movie stars Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Brian Hull, Asher Blinkoff, Brad Abrell, Fran Drescher, Jim Gaffigan and Molly Shannon.

Plot:

“Reunite with your favourite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet.

When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the ‘Monsterfication Ray,” goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster!

In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late and before they drive each other crazy.

With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.”

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Reviews:

“Cue all sorts of strangely tired, laugh-free goofiness, with none of the funny lines and wit that come as standard with Pixar/Disney films. I guess it would pacify very young children.” The Guardian

“Parents will almost certainly be less enthralled with the story than their kids, but would be wise not to tune out and start checking their email: Transformania’s saving graces are mostly easy-to-miss sight gags involving zombie bellhops, oversized hamster habitats and the dozens of werewolf kids being raised by the hotel’s resident lycanthrope couple.” The Hollywood Reporter

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is an unexpected, but pleasant, surprise as it ranks as the second best film in the franchise. It is a bit too predictable, but aren’t all children’s movies that way? Coming off the disappointment of the third movie, this is a huge step up and in the right direction. It is rumored to be the final one in the franchise, which feels right…” Mama’s Geeky

“While children, who are the core target demographic of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, are bound to have a good time, the film is rather refreshing for adults as well, despite its many flaws. Although some parts feel rather formulaic and the experience uneven, Transformania has its merits. It’s a tale that brims with heart as it looks into what the notions of found family are and what it means to be human.” Screen Rant

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’s transformations are cool and all, but like everything else about the film, it’s only temporary […] The franchise has reached TV sitcom levels, and while that may be fine for young children, four movies in and it’s becoming a bit tiresome for anyone else.” Shakefire

Release date:

Originally slated for a theatrical release on July 23, 2021, then on October 1st, the film will now be released on Amazon Prime on January 14, 2022.

Cast and characters:

Andy Samberg … Jonathan (voice)
Selena Gomez … Mavis (voice)
Kathryn Hahn … Ericka (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key … Murray (voice)
Steve Buscemi … Wayne (voice)
Fran Drescher … Eunice (voice)
David Spade … Griffin the Invisible Man (voice)
Molly Shannon … Wanda (voice)
Jim Gaffigan … Van Helsing (voice)
Brian Hull … Dracula (voice)
Asher Blinkoff … Dennis (voice)
Brad Abrell … (voice)

Technical details:

1 hour 27 minutes

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