Hotel Transylvania – Transformania | Visual gags that hit the mark ★★★

To be finally accepted by his stepfather Dracula, the exuberant Johnny accepts that the mad scientist Van Helsing turns him into a monster. But the machine used also does the opposite, causing several monsters to transform into humans, including the famous vampire. A burlesque adventure follows in the heart of the Amazon rainforest to find the remedy capable of bringing everyone back to their original form.

Since the launch ofHotel Transylvania in 2012, the characters of the franchise have changed little. Dracula still wants to be in control. He overprotects his daughter Mavis and tolerates his son-in-law, the fiery (and human) Johnny. The young couple, for their part, spin perfect happiness, surrounded by monsters, each more eclectic than the last, who have become regular customers of the hotel owned by Dracula. This fourth opus changes the situation a bit. Catapulted into foreign bodies and having to fend for themselves a thousand miles from home, Drac and Johnny have the opportunity to get to know each other better and to finally establish a relationship.

The originality of the script has never been the strong point of the Sony Pictures Animation franchise. Rather, it is thanks to visual gags and their boundless energy that the first three animated films hit the mark. This one is in the same line. Except this time, the metamorphosis of several characters and their risky foray into a tropical area allow the creators to go even further and let go, while addressing a young audience.

It’s very funny to see Count Dracula, still dressed to the nines, suffer inside the body of a paunchy middle-aged man with thinning hair. Adam Sandler, who until then lent his voice to the vampire in the original English version, preferred to skip his turn. He is replaced in a more than respectable way by Brian Hull. Almost everyone else in the vocal cast is back.

Nature enthusiast Johnny (Andy Samberg) is blown away by his new dragon look. Dracula and Johnny have time to forge new bonds before the determined Mavis (Selena Gomez), the resourceful Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) and the merry band of monsters, become human, come to their aid in various ways. status. Frankenstein (Brad Abrell) is in this respect the most pampered and derives enormous satisfaction from it.

The director of the first three films in the franchise, Genndy Tartakovsky, returns as co-writer and executive producer (a position Selena Gomez also holds). The directing has been entrusted to Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska, who both make the leap to the helm of an animated feature film. They knew how to respect the soul and the characters of the franchise, while infusing a new dose of energy and a little emotion, by drawing attention to family ties and the importance of seeing the beautiful sides of the life.

This is supposedly the end of the saga. We will see if this is the case, as Drac retires and the new generation takes the reins of the hotel. A fifth opus is however in the air. Taking place during the holidays, it could be launched in November 2024. Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and company have a new reprieve …

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Hotel Transylvania – Transformania V. F. : Hotel Transylvania – Transformania

Derek Drymon et Jennifer Kluska

With the voices of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Brian Hull

1 h 37

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