Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (released internationally as Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation) is a 2018 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Micheal McCullers as well as the third installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and is the sequel to Hotel Transylvania 2. It premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 13, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 13. The final installment, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is scheduled to be released in July 2021, with Brian Hull taking over the role of Dracula from Adam Sandler.
Your favorite monster family boards a luxury cruise ship so Dracula can take a summer vacation from the hotel. It's smooth sailing for the pack as they indulge in all of the fun the cruise has to offer, including monster volleyball, exotic excursions and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation soon turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy them all.
Why It Rocks
- The animation is a huge upgrade, with the movements being more expressive and overall being brighter and more colourful than the last 2 films.
- The soundtrack is still catchy and great.
- Decent humor.
- The voice acting is still amazing with all the cast members returning from the last film.
- Decent character development with Ericka as she at first wants to kill Dracula due to him being a monster, but later bonds with him and treats him equally to humans and saves his life after he helps her get the relic.
- The characters are still likable. There are also some nice interactions between them.
- Speaking of the characters, Dracula has improved in this movie as some could debate that he was flanderized in the second film for the things he did to Dennis (such as chucking him off a tower).
- Abraham Van Helsing is a very intimidating villain and his plan is really funny.
- Excellent climax with Johnny's happy music vs. Van Helsing's evil music to control the Kraken.
- The idea of a monster cruise ship, while silly, is an interesting concept and is executed rather well.
- In one scene, Dracula did telling the truth about Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
- The recreation scenes with Dracula having battle with Van Helsing was well-made.
- Misleading title: Despite that the film has "Hotel Transylvania" in its title like the previous two, the story doesn't actually take place at the hotel, which only appears at the beginning and at the end, instead taking place in a cruise.
- The story can become predictable.
- It somehow contradicts the lore of the franchise; in the first Hotel Transylvania movie, the characters said that a monster can only zing once. Here, Dracula zings with Ericka (Despite Mavis acknowledges this.)
- The film overuses some clichés, like the previous films.
- The plot is admittedly a slight rehash of the first film with the story of a vampire falling in love with a human.
- Depending on your point of view, the animation can feel way too wacky and over the top. Which is admittedly a problem with modern computer animation.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and audiences, through many consider it to be inferior. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 62% based on 117 reviews with an average rating of 5.46. The site's consensus states: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation delivers exactly what fans will expect - which means another 97 agreeably lightweight minutes of fast-paced gags and colorful animation.".
- This is one of the last times Adam Sandler voiced Dracula before Brian Hull replaces him for the fourth installment.
- This is the Sony Pictures Animation's second film to not include the Columbia Pictures logo at the beginning.