Hotel Transylvania (U)
Will kids respond to this frenzied comic animation about Count Dracula and his overprotective parenting of teenage daughter Mavis? (In vampire years she's 118, which is roughly how old I felt by the end of this.)
They would need to have a pretty high tolerance of lazy, half-baked frightfests if so. Adam Sandler voices the reclusive, hotel-owning Count in a cod mittel-European accent, thus proving he can stink up the screen without even appearing on it.
The animators work overtime to create a Monsters, Inc. sort of chaos, bringing together Frankenstein, mummies, witch maids, mariachi skeletons and – the one bright spot – a werewolf voiced by Steve Buscemi.
Despite its wild shape-shifting, the comedy remains prosaic, puerile and somewhat desperate in its effort to grab our attention.
The film-makers might have done better to concentrate on character instead of throwing everything at the screen in the hope something might stick.
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