Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Two more takes on the Hotel Transylvania casting

By Nathan Adams

Normally, when I hear that either Adam Sandler or Kevin James has a new movie coming out, I wince in anticipation of it. Kind of like when you know you’re about to get hit by a baseball. I didn’t quite have this reaction to the news that they’ve signed on to Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, however, and there are a couple reasons for that.

The first reason is that the new film is set to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who has done some great TV work with Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Dexter’s Laboratory. Everything I’ve seen from Tartakovsky has been slick, stylish, and interesting. I’m excited at the prospect of what he might come up with when jumping from small screen to big, and Sandler and James’ recent track records aren’t enough to deter me from seeing this one.

The second reason is that there are some talented actors who have also joined the cast, actors who we don’t have to hold responsible for Grown Ups existing. Joining Sandler and James, who are playing Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster respectively, is Hot Rod’s Andy Samberg. He will be playing Jonathan, a 21-year-old kid who wanders into the Dracula owned Hotel Transylvania and ends up falling in love with Drac’s daughter. Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon will play a married couple of werewolves. David Spade (oh, wait, another Grown Ups alumni…) will play Quasimodo, who has gone from being a lurking hunchback to a gourmet chef. Fran Drescher will play the Bride of Frankenstein…wait, Fran Drescher, she’s more annoying than Sandler and James combined… okay, so maybe this is movie is going to be a mixed bag, but I’m still going to see it. Genndy Tartakovsky!



‘Grown Ups’ Reunion: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade & More Voice ‘Hotel Transylvania’

You gotta hand it to Adam Sandler. No matter what you might think of his puerile excuses for movies, he’s made a career out of getting paid to hang out with his friends and deliver loosely patched together series of images that he calls “movies.” And he’s getting another chance to roll with his homies, and this time, he won’t even have to put up the pretense of shaving or wearing pants.

”Grown Ups” trio Adam Sandler, Kevin James and David Spade are among an extensive voice cast that includes Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi (who has appeared in a few Sandler productions), Molly Shannon (”Saturday Night Live” alum), Fran Drescher and Andy Samberg (who will co-star with Sandler in “I Hate You, Dad”) who are lending their voices to the 3D animated toon, “Hotel Transylvania.”

There’s no info who wrote this thing, but the story is set in the titular accomodations, “Dracula’s lavish, five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling humans.” James wil star as Frank, aka Frankenstein with Drescher as his larger-than-life Bride. Spade will play Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame who is now a gourmet chef, while Green will play Murray, a singing Mummy. Buscemi and Shannon play Wayne and Wanda, a pair of married werewolves on a family vacation at the hotel, with Samberg playing Jonathan, a 21-year-old regular guy whose world travels land him at the hotel, where he takes a shine to Dracula’s teenage daughter, Mavis.

All in all it sounds pretty dumb, and we’re sure Sandler will put in the full 62% of effort he usually does. Genndy Tartakovsky (”Samurai Jack,” “Star Wars: Clone Wars”) is directing and the 3D film is already pegged with a September 21, 2012 release date.



So we've got a Sept 21, 2012 release date. Good to know. These had some funny comments on Sandler and James and give more info on the characters from the film.

If Andy was to play a monster, who should he play?

If we get 5 answers, we'll turn it into a blog post!



David Henderson said...

The blob could be funny.

Katie said...

He would make a pretty random werewolf.....

Ed Price said...

Thanks! Three more answers and we'll turn it into a blog post!


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