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Hotel Transylvania (franchise)

The Hotel Transylvania franchise was created by comedy writer Todd Durham, and consists of two theatrical films, two graphic novels and two short films produced by Sony Pictures Animation, a TV series broadcast on Disney Channel, and several video games. A third theatrical film is set for a Summer 2018 release.

Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania logo.svg
Created by Todd Durham[1]
Owner Sony Pictures Animation
Print publications
  • Hotel Transylvania – Kakieland Katastrophe
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Series – My Little Monster-Sitter
Films and television
Short film(s)
Television series Hotel Transylvania: The Series (2017-present)
Video game(s)



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.[2][3][4]

Feature filmsEdit

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 will be released on September 21, 2018.[5] 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 will return as director for this installment.[6][7] The third film will be about Dracula unwittingly falling for Ericka, a descendant of monster hunter Van Helsing, while on a cruise ship with his family.[8] It will be 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 setting.

Television seriesEdit

A television series based on the film premiered on June 25, 2017.[9] 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.[9] Sony Pictures Television handles distribution in the United States, while Nelvana distributes the series outside the United States.[9] It is airing on the Disney Channel worldwide.[10]

Short filmsEdit

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,[11] Tartakovsky created the short in four weeks during the final production stages of the main film.[12] 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.[13]

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.[11]


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, beginning July 28, 2017.[14] The film is set in the hotel, as Dennis is given a monster-sized pet, and the hotel learns to cope with it.[15] The short is a sneak preview of the upcoming third film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which is scheduled for the summer of 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 #301 #270 $85 million [16]
Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 $168,774,344 $294,000,000 $462,774,344 #237 #173 $80 million [17]
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13, 2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Total $317,087,392 $504,062,555 $821,149,947 $165 million [18]

Critical responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Hotel Transylvania 45% (141 reviews)[19] 47% (32 reviews)[20]
Hotel Transylvania 2 55% (101 reviews)[21] 44% (24 reviews)[22]

Cast and charactersEdit

Characters Films Short films Television series
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania 2 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Goodnight Mr. Foot Puppy! Hotel Transylvania:
The Series
2012 2015 2018 2012 2017 2017 — present
Count Dracula Adam Sandler Silent cameo Adam Sandler David Berni
Mavis Dracula Selena Gomez
Sadie Sandler
Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Bryn McAuley
Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Andy Samberg Andy Samberg
Frankenstein Kevin James Paul Braunstein
Eunice Fran Drescher
Wayne Steve Buscemi
Wanda Molly Shannon
Winnie Sadie Sandler
Griffin the Invisible Man David Spade
Murray CeeLo Green Keegan-Michael Key
Blobby Silent Jonny Solomon Genndy Tartakovsky Silent
The Fly Chris Parnell
Bigfoot Animal sounds only Corey Burton Silent Animal sounds only
Martha Jackie Sandler Painting
Quasimodo Jon Lovitz Scott McCord
Marty Robert Smigel
Dennis Asher Blinkoff
Sunny Sandler
Asher Blinkoff Asher Blinkoff
Mike Loughran Nick Offerman
Linda Loughran Megan Mullally
Vlad Dracula Mel Brooks
Bela Rob Riggle
Dana Dana Carvey
Kakie Chris Kattan
Ericka Van Helsing Kathryn Hahn
Abraham Van Helsing Jim Gaffigan
Crystal Chrissy Teigen
Kraken Joe Jonas
TBA Allison Hammond
Tinkles TBA Joe Whyte
Aunt Lydia Dan Chameroy
Wendy Blob Evany Rosen
Hank N Stein Gage Munroe
Pedro Joseph Motiki
Note: A grey cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.


Role Films Television series
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania 2 Hotel Transylvania 3:
Summer Vacation
Hotel Transylvania: The Series
2012 2015 2018 2017-present
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
Robert Smigel
Allen Covert
Adam Sandler
Allen Covert
Robert Smigel
Ben Waisbren
Adam Sandler Rick Mischel
Scott Dyer
Irene Weibel
Writer(s) Screenplay by:
Peter Baynham
Robert Smigel
Story by:
Todd Durham
Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Robert Smigel
Adam Sandler
Based on Characters Created by:
Todd Durham
Genndy Tartakovsky[23]
Michael McCullers
Based on Characters Created by:
Todd Durham
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh Stephen Skratt
Asher Lenz
Editor(s) Catherine Apple Joyce Arrastia N/A
Production company Sony Pictures Animation Sony Pictures Animation
LStar Captial
Sony Pictures Animation Sony Pictures Animation
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Releasing
Corus Entertainment
Released 28 September 2012 25 September 2015 13 July 2018 25 June 2017 – present


Video gamesEdit

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.[24]

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.[25][26] The game was also released in the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 15, 2012.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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, will be released on Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018.

Theme park attractionsEdit

Hotel Transylvania is a dark ride that has been featured at the Columbia Pictures zone at Motiongate Dubai since late 2016.[30]


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