Though I like my silly kiddie animated movies, Hotel Transylvania only did it for me in fits and spurts and was overall a bit of a disappointment. The obligatory sequel though has just got quite interesting. Adam Sandler has managed to get the legend that is Mel Brooks [the man responsible to at least three of the funniest films ever: The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein] to co-star with him in it. He will voice Vlad, the father of Sandler’s Dracula in the film. You can even check out an image of their characters below. He talked to USA Today, and said that he was enticed to play the role by the thought of working with Sandler, though when he first him, he couldn’t resist cracking a joke:
“I said, ‘Adam, are you sitting down? It’s a little shocking – I am your father’.”
“Adam is easy to play vocal ping-pong with. He’s very helpful in indicating there’s more than meets the eye here. There are some complicated feelings that should be expressed and he helped me with that.”
Asked about doing the Transylvanian accent, he replied:
“I had Young Frankenstein and Dracula: Dead And Loving It with me. And I din’t have to make it older because I’m almost 100, so I played out of my own voice. That Middle-European Transylvanian sound is sweet, it’s cute, and if you believe in vampirism, it’s correct.”
Brooks suggested to the animators that Vlad should be less scary and not as dark as they had originally created him. He then went on to advise them to open up Vlad’s eyes in order to make them large and friendlier so that children would like him.
Hotel Transylvania 2, which co-stars Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Steve Buscemi, will be released on September 25, 2015.