Hotel Transylvania Review
28 Sept. 2012
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
In the movie commentary, it is mentioned the town at the end with the fair is loosely based on a real town known as Sighisoara, Romania. Sighisoara is also known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the real Count Dracula and is the only inhabited citadel in Europe, outside Corsica (where all the citadels are inhabited).
Monster Universe Set
Dracula, The Invisible man, The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Werewolf are influenced by the monster universe set between 1930-1940 and are brought together in this film.
Feature film directing debut of Genndy Tartakovsky.
So,in a 118 years……..
his massive enormous castle wasn’t spotted by one single human…..sounds far fetched to me,transylvania isn’t ‘that big’ to hide away in.
I noticed that. But, it is a kids movie. The fact the Scooby gang never changes their clothes kind irks me but it’s a cartoon capisce?
It was 1895, people didn’t have cars and were afraid of forests
No it was set up to modern times, so yes silly no one had noticed it. But is a comedy animated film so saw it.
Why was Quasimodo such a jerk?
Why make him the antagonist, of any of them? I meaaaan Quasimodo was just like a deaf, kinda slow-witted, non-jerk in the original story. Not a nasty jerk like this one. I just didn’t really get it. Why not make him Igor or some unrelated monster or something. Or where they just going for the “French” thing so they could make him a French chef? So they’re like, hey Quasimodo is French so let’s do it. Lol?
I didn’t get it. Out of all the “monster” characters portrayed, he was the least that was actually a villain…because, actually, he wasn’t a villain or jerk at all. (Or even a monster.) Just a deformed gypsy orphan who lived up in a bell tower after being taken in by a priest.
That deaf, kinda slow-witted non-jerk, sure is a mean old jerk. How do you think he does it?
are you being sarcastic. I just find it an odd choice that one of, if not the, nicest, non-villainous characters (of the ones depicted) was made into the biggest jerk in this movie
Since he wasn’t hunchbacked i just think it was a different character named Quasimodo.
Dudes your looking into this waaaay too much. you sound like your critiquing a kurosawa movie or something not an animated kids movie
You basically said it yourself:
They needed a villain of sorts or at lest an antagonist to continue with the plot. And of course, this being an american production, they pick on the french guy. The plot was as basic and clicheed as a plot could be, why not pick the antagonist in a traditional way, too?
I mean, your suggestion was “Igor”, a russian … that isn’t actually better
Could be that was what they were going for with the comedy. The bad and evil monsters(Frankenstein an exception) were all nice guys here. Makes since from a comedy perspective to make the one who wasn’t evil the bad guy.
He was the antagonist, it doesn’t mean he was a villain. The monsters were all scared of humans, his rat smelled a rat almost instantly and the suspense came from wether Jonathan would be found out or not. Although if they were to make Quasimodo the villain of the piece I think that would have played well, it’s made clear early that the monsters are harmless and misunderstood, making the only none monster the bad guy would have fit nicely into the story.
Did anyone else think Mavis was really hot?
Pretty cute for an animated character.
I’m too old to think someone that young is “hot.” It’s just creepy.
She is portrayed as a very attractive young (lady) vampire, and I can see why Jonathan was drawn to her. (drawn – get it?)
That’s as far as I’m going to go…
If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong!
Dude, she’s 118. Don’t you mean, you’re too YOUNG to look at her?
She is too old
Animated characters are perfect without any flaws at all so of course they are attractive unless they make them hideous on purpose
Why? Mavis was obviously designed to be attractive and have appealing qualities. I’d say finding her attractive is the normal response. Yours… a little weird that you get to decide for everyone what they can and can’t have feelings for.
Hotel – In operation since 1898
Near the beginning of the movie, when the hotel guests are first seen arriving, Dracula (Adam Sandler) mentions that the hotel has been in operation since 1898. It is also shown that Mavis’s mother was killed by a mob in approximately 1895 (based on a family portrait showing Mavis at around 1 yr old with both of her parents). The original book, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, was written in 1896 and released in 1897. So this movie actually uses a chronological order following the original Dracula story as if it were a telling of true events
“Oh! who said so”
(at around 1h 20 mins) At the end of the movie, at Mavis’s birthday party, the label on the record on the turntable reads “Oh! who said so – Sung by – Mr. Charles Penrose”. This was a real pre-WWI record.
Real Life Voice
(at around 10 mins) Among the decorations on the wall of Mavis’ room is a poster that very clearly resembles her real life voice, Selena Gomez.[section label=”RT/Meta Critic Review”]
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