Hotel Transylvania (franchise)
Hotel Transylvania is an American media franchise created by comedy writer Todd Durham. It consists of three theatrical films, two graphic novels and two short films produced by Sony Pictures Animation, as well as a TV series broadcast on Disney Channel and several video games. The series consists of an ensemble cast, usually led by the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.
|Created by||Todd Durham|
|Owner||Sony Pictures Animation|
|Films and television|
|Television series||Hotel Transylvania: The Series (2017-present)|
The first film, Hotel Transylvania, was released in September 2012, a sequel was released in September 2015 and a third film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, was released in July 2018. The films have received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide against a combined production budget of $245 million.
Comedy writer Todd Durham conceived and created a bible for a multimedia franchise called Hotel Transylvania, consisting of several films, television series, video games, toys, books, merchandising, hotel chain, and theme park. After authoring the book of the same name, he took the package unsolicited to Columbia Pictures and set it up at Sony Pictures Animation where he became the first screenwriter on the project.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)Edit
Hotel Transylvania was released on September 28, 2012, and is about Count Dracula and his daughter Mavis (played by Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez respectively), at the hotel. They meet a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg), who Mavis instantly loves and eventually dates, despite Dracula's attempts to keep Jonathan away from his daughter.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)Edit
Hotel Transylvania 2 was released on September 25, 2015, and is about Mavis and Johnny, who have a half-human/half-vampire son named Dennis. Mavis thinks Hotel Transylvania isn't the right place to raise Dennis and wants to raise him in California. When Dracula is disappointed that Dennis does not have any vampire abilities, he helps his friends make his grandson a monster.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)Edit
In November 2015, Sony Pictures Animation announced that Hotel Transylvania 3 would be released on September 21, 2018. This was later resolved during early 2017 when the new release date was pushed forward to July 13, 2018. Despite previously leaving the series to develop other projects, Genndy Tartakovsky returned as director for this installment. The third film is about Dracula unwittingly falling for Ericka, a descendant of monster hunter Van Helsing, while on a cruise ship with his family. It is the first film in the series not to be released in September, as well as the first one not to feature the hotel as its main setting.
A television series based on the film premiered on June 25, 2017. Developed and produced by Nelvana Limited, in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation, the prequel series focuses on the teenage years of Mavis and her friends at the Hotel Transylvania. Sony Pictures Television handles distribution in the United States, while Nelvana distributes the series outside the United States. It is airing on the Disney Channel worldwide.
Goodnight Mr. FootEdit
Goodnight Mr. Foot is a traditionally animated short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Bigfoot from the film. Premiering in time for Halloween, on October 26, 2012, the short was shown exclusively in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas, before the theatrical shows of Hotel Transylvania. As Sony Pictures Animation's first traditionally animated film, it was written and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky himself, who also animated the short with the help of Rough Draft Studios. Animated in the style of Bob Clampett, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Tartakovsky created the short in four weeks during the final production stages of the main film. Bigfoot (who had a non-speaking role in Hotel Transylvania) was voiced by Corey Burton while the Witch Maid was voiced by Rose Abdoo. Both voice actors provided additional voices in Hotel Transylvania.
Taking place before the events of Hotel Transylvania, the short stars Bigfoot, whose rest in Hotel Transylvania is being constantly disturbed by an overly enthusiastic witch maid.
Puppy! is a CG-animated fantasy comedy short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Dennis (voiced by Asher Blinkoff) from Hotel Transylvania 2, with the additional voices of Selena Gomez, reprising her role as Mavis, Andy Samberg as Jonathan, and Adam Sandler as Dracula. The film is written and directed by veteran director of the Hotel Transylvania movies, Genndy Tartakovsky, and is shown in theaters alongside The Emoji Movie, which was released in the United States on July 28, 2017. The film is set in the hotel, as Dennis is given a monster-sized pet, and the hotel learns to cope with it. The short is a sneak preview of the third film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which was released on July 13, 2018.
Box office performanceEdit
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Reference|
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time North America||All time worldwide|
|Hotel Transylvania||September 28, 2012||$148,313,048||$210,062,555||$358,375,603||#350||#329||$85 million|||
|Hotel Transylvania 2||September 25, 2015||$169,700,110||$303,526,848||$473,226,958||#267||#210||$80 million|||
|Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||July 13, 2018||$161,941,006||$323,300,000||$485,241,006||#294||#194||$80 million|||
|Total||$ 471,881,858||$ 791,650,266||$ 1,257,571,261||$245 million|||
|Hotel Transylvania||44% (142 reviews)||47 (32 reviews)||A–|
|Hotel Transylvania 2||55% (103 reviews)||44 (24 reviews)||A–|
|Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||59% (105 reviews)||54 (21 reviews)||A–|
Cast and charactersEdit
- Note: A grey cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.
|Hotel Transylvania||Hotel Transylvania 2||Hotel Transylvania 3:
|Hotel Transylvania: The Series|
|Director||Genndy Tartakovsky||Robin Budd|
|Producer||Michelle Murdocca||Jane Crawford|
|Co-producer(s)||Lydia Bottegoni||Skye Lyons||Alex Burton||N/A|
|Executive producer(s)||Adam Sandler
Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Based on Characters Created by:
Based on Characters Created by:
|Composer(s)||Mark Mothersbaugh||Stephen Skratt|
|Editor(s)||Catherine Apple||Joyce Arrastia||N/A|
|Production company||Sony Pictures Animation||Sony Pictures Animation
|Sony Pictures Animation||Sony Pictures Animation|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures||Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Releasing
|Released||September 28, 2012||September 25, 2015||July 13, 2018||June 25, 2017 – present|
A social game based on the film, titled Hotel Transylvania Social Game and made by Sony Pictures Interactive, was released on August 15, 2012. The game allows players to create their own Hotel Transylvania, where they must take care of the hotel's guests.
Another video game, titled Hotel Transylvania, developed by WayForward Technologies and published by GameMill Entertainment, was released on September 18, 2012, for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS at retail. The game was also released in the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 15, 2012.
A mobile game, titled Hotel Transylvania Dash, developed by Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and PlayFirst, was released to iTunes App Store on September 20, 2012. The game is a variation of Hotel Dash and features the film's art and characters.
A mobile digital storybook app, titled Hotel Transylvania BooClips Deluxe, developed by Castle Builders and Sony Pictures Animation, was released on the iTunes App Store, Nook Store, Google Play for Android, iBookstore, Microsoft's Metro, and for PC and Mac via BooClips, both in English and in Spanish, on September 20, 2012.
A third video game based on Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Hotel Transylvania 3 Monsters Overboard, developed by Outright Games, and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, was released on Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018.
Theme park attractionsEdit
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