Whilst standing in front of the bathroom mirror whisper the words Adam and Sandler together three times at your peril. It is told that every time this happens an Adam Sandler film is made - BOOM! Oh no, someone has only gone and created `Hotel Transylvania', but wait, this film is actually ok? Sandler voices Dracula who has retreated to a secret hotel he runs for all his monstrous friends so that they can avoid the mean humans. His daughter (Selena Gomez) wants out as life in the hotel is dull, until Jonathan (Andy Samberg) turns up, but is that a human or a Frankenstein monster?
`Hotel Transylvania' has all the ingredients that made the likes of `Grown Ups' so excruciating to watch i.e. Sandler and all his mates. Looking at the roster of voice actors and there is no denying this is a Sandler Joint: James, Buscemi, Spade; the list goes on. However, whilst the chemistry remains between the actors, their physical presence does not and the film actually benefits from this. Cartoon characters can be far more slapstick in their actions that blokes in their 40s and the film is at its best when the groups of different characters are being anarchic.
It is lucky that there are so many visual gags in `Transylvania' as the plot is a little weak. Director Genndy Tartakovsky should take a lot of credit for distilling Sandler's humour and making it contemporary and suitable for younger audiences. Tartakovsky takes experience from `Dexter's Laboratory' and `Samurai Jack' to create a fun cartoon that picks out the best of Sandler and company's humour, but adds plenty of his own twists. By the end of the film you realise that you have enjoyed yourself more than perhaps you would have expected, this is no classic, but still decent CGI entertainment.
The animation is not quite of the highest quality, but still worth watching on BluRay if you get the chance. The extras are also ok, but not up to the standard of many other recent children's BluRays. The voice acting segment is good fun to spot the star, but the token additional short is pretty poor.