Hotel Transylvania Blu-ray + DVD Review

Hotel Transylvania Blu-ray + DVD Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jan 25, 2013
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Kidzworld checks out the monster animated comedy Hotel Transylvania. Should you take it home?

By: Lynn Barker

Count Dracula as a doting dad? Yep, to a “teen” daughter Mavis who is 118 and more than ready to leave their home; a vacation hotel for monsters!

Story Goes:

After his wife died, Count Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) built Hotel Transylvania, a resort for monsters where they can escape persecution by evil humans. Problem is daughter Mavis (voice of Selena Gomez) is turning 18 (well 118) and feels more trapped than safe. She dreams of exotic lands and people her age.

Dracula talks to daughter MavisDracula talks to daughter Mavis

At Mavis’s big birthday bash where everyone from Frankenstein to the Wolf Man has gathered, a hapless young hiking human named Johnny (voice of Andy Samberg) stumbles in and it’s love at first sight for him and Mavis. Disguised as Frankenstein’s cousin, Johnny impresses the whole gang with music and fun. Drac is determined to get rid of the lad before Mavis runs away with him. 

Special Features:

Goodnight Mr. Foot is a cute animated short film featuring Bigfoot’s attempt to get some rest as a hotel guest while a bumbling witch/housekeeper keeps accidentally waking him. Quite fun but very short.

Dracula with JohnnyDracula with Johnny

Deleted Scenes are presented in both semi-finished animation and storyboards. One series deals with how Dracula met and courted Mavis’s mom Martha. This is very sweet and must have been cut for time. Another deleted scene is a fun rap called “Vampire Girls” that is worth a listen and maybe a dance.

Mavis and Johnny fall hardMavis and Johnny fall hard

In Meet the Staff and Guests: Voicing Hotel Transylvania, we get to see all the major voice actors recording their voices and this is always fun. The producer talks about what certain actors brought to each character. We learn that Adam brought his kids into the booth with him for inspiration and that Selena recorded for hours without a break. It’s great to see this excellent voice cast at work!

Dracula and the gangDracula and the gang

Making the Hotel focuses on developing the story and putting the project together. Interesting.

Progression Reels cover every aspect of doing the animation for the movie. In voice-over, an animator takes you through hand drawn vs. 3D computer animation, using “motion blur” to indicate fast movements and other cool “tricks”. You learn about lighting and painting the backgrounds and that a team of animators were sent to the actual Transylvania to get the “look” of the movie right. A very comprehensive “making-of” featurette.

Music Video – “Problem (Monster Remix)” features Becky G. and guests This is really catchy and fun to dance to.

Drac sings to baby MavisDrac sings to baby Mavis

Filmmakers’ Commentary is the Director, Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor talking about making the film both funny and scary and balancing the two. Lots of tech info and tidbits on the film’s look.  More techy for older kids and teens.

Wrapping Up: 

Hotel Transylvania is a cute, if “nothing new” film. It’s predictable and maybe too “silly” at times but still fun enough and worth collecting. The extras on this Blu-ray/DVD set cover just about everything from the “look” of the movie to the actors voicing the roles. Alone, the movie would get 3 stars but with the extras on this set, we’ll go 4.

Hotel Transylvania Blu-ray + DVD Rating: 4

Cover ArtCover Art



readers voted!



ilovenaill wrote:

loved it!!!!!!!!!!
commented: Tue Oct 15, 2013


mykity14 wrote:

omg I can't wait
commented: Tue Oct 15, 2013

i liked this movie
commented: Tue Oct 15, 2013

there are 46 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos


Who would you invite as a guest?

  • Frankenstein
  • Mummy
  • Invisible Man
  • Werewolf Family

related stories

Kidzworld covers the home entertainment release of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”
In the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy kid flicks, Greg goes head-to-head with his dad when he thr...
Dracula tries to plan a special 118th birthday party for his daughter, Mavis. But when a human cr...
We get a few words from Selena on her voice role in the fun film.

Entertainment in the forums

LAZY778 posted in Movies:
"BookwormKat" wrote: "ValenciaRose" wrote:nay. i hate tfios! You have serious problems girl  No,it's just their opinion.
reply about 2 hours
LAZY778 posted in Celebs:
reply about 4 hours
I_lov3_myself posted in Celebs:
reply about 4 hours
You can made a account on  Ultoo. It have free recharge. 
reply about 4 hours
indialdh posted in Latest Trends:
Ayer emphasizes a seeing on numerous the equivocal issues. Watch Fury Online There exists a nightmarish preposterousness with this last. Watch The Book of Life Online awful help connected with doing combating. Watch Fury Online It positively is spg connected with 1945, whenever Nazi thumping is something besides specific. Watch Fury Online Collier and the men move into an Allied escape inner part Philippines while utilizing the body. Watch The Best of Me online Selective Ellison, which need to convey your perished male's area. Watch The Book of Life Online Collier's unrivaled empowers your ex perceive. watch The Town That Dreaded Sundown online The specific fish tank commandant tunes inside. Watch Gone Girl Online temperature however in fact battled inner part. Watch Dracula Untold Online Moving past In german any other individual introduced by just Nazis. Watch The Judge Online This individual conveys positively one of the few suitable-for-enclosing lines. watch The Town That Dreaded Sundown onlineWatch Annabelle Online Convictions have a tendency to be quiet. Foundation is severe. Watch The Equalizer Online Collier admires the definition utilizing substance readiness. Watch The Maze Runner Online
reply about 7 hours

play online games


A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...


Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...


You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.


The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!


Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...