These are films to enjoy, not ones to think about
Keeping up with Pixar is becoming increasingly difficult for major animation studios, especially now they seem to have nailed down the recipe for creating a successful sequel. Naturally, Dreamworks will always play second fiddle, and ever since the release of Despicable Me in 2010, Illumination have skyrocketed up the animation hierarchy. Yet Sony Pictures Animation have never truly found their mojo. Most of their franchises are either critically panned or bomb at the box office (often both) but they do seem to have one saving grace.
The Hotel Transylvania series, now into its third feature film, centres around Dracula (Adam Sandler) a vampire running a hotel for monsters in Transylvania. After seeming tired from working constantly, Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) books the whole family onto a cruise holiday to take their minds off work. However, Dracula finds more than just relaxation on the cruise as his heart begins to yearn for ship captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn).
Now Hotel Transylvania is accustomed to the flow of its characters and style of its humour, the filmmakers seem to be free to explore its ideas in brand new surroundings. It’s a massive cliche, but the characters going on holiday makes for a fresh take for the franchise that could very easily have fallen out of favour. The series doesn’t take itself seriously, offering particularly silly humour and a lot of dancing, but it works with the unpolished graphics and frivolous nature. These are films to enjoy, not ones to think about.
There isn’t much mental stimulation coming from Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation but that is perfectly fine, because its quick story, stupid jokes and kooky designs are enough to keep a smile on anyone’s face, throughout pretty much the whole film.