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! [Heat Vision]