Hotel Transylvania (franchise)
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Hotel Transylvania is an American animated media franchise created by comedy writer Todd Durham. It consists of four theatrical films, three graphic novels and three short films produced by Sony Pictures Animation, as well as a flash-animated TV series broadcast on Disney Channel and several video games. The series consists of an ensemble cast, usually led by the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez.

The first film, Hotel Transylvania, was released in September 2012, with two sequels, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, were released in September 2015 and July 2018, respectively. The films have received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide against a combined production budget of $245 million. A fourth and final installment titled Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video on an undetermined date.

The series focuses on the adventures surrounding monsters who reside in the titular Hotel Transylvania, a plaza hotel where monsters can relax and get away from humans due to fear of persecution. Many of the primary characters are loosely based on or are parodies of the Universal Movie Monsters.


Comedy writer Todd Durham came up with the concept of Hotel Transylvania and brought it to Sony Pictures Animation.[2]


Film U.S.
release date
Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Distributor
Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012 (2012-09-28) Genndy Tartakovsky Peter Baynham & Robert Smigel Todd Durham, Kevin Hageman & Dan Hageman Michelle Murdocca Sony Pictures Releasing
Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25) Robert Smigel & Adam Sandler
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) Genndy Tartakovsky & Michael McCullers
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania TBA (TBA) Jennifer Kluska & Derek Drymon Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo & Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky Alice Dewey Goldstone Amazon Studios (in negotiations)

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Hotel Transylvania was released on September 28, 2012, and is about a human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg), who accidentally stumbles upon the hotel and instantly falls in love with Dracula's teenage daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), and eventually dates her, despite Dracula's (Adam Sandler) attempts to keep Johnny away from his daughter.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

Hotel Transylvania 2 was released on September 25, 2015, and is about Mavis and Johnny, who have a half-human/half-vampire son named Dennis. Mavis thinks Hotel Transylvania isn't the right place to raise Dennis and wants to raise him in California. When Dracula is disappointed that Dennis does not have any vampire abilities, he helps his friends make his grandson a vampire. Things get complicated when Dracula's father Vlad (Mel Brooks) shows up.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

In November 2015, Sony Pictures Animation announced that the film would be released on September 21, 2018.[3] This was later resolved during early 2017 when the new release date was pushed forward to July 13, 2018. Despite previously leaving the series to develop other projects, Genndy Tartakovsky returned as director for this installment.[4][5] The third film is about Dracula falling for Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), a descendant of monster hunter Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), while on a cruise ship with his family.[6] It is the first film in the series not to be released in September, as well as the first one not to feature the hotel as its main setting.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (TBA)

In February 2019, Sony Pictures Animation announced that a fourth film would be released on December 22, 2021.[7] In October 2019, Tartakovsky confirmed he would not be directing the film.[8] In April 2020, the release date was moved up to August 6, 2021.[9] The film will instead be directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, with Selena Gomez returning to voice her character. Gomez will also be involved as an executive producer alongside both Tartakovsky and the first three films' producer Michelle Murdocca.[10] In April 2021, the film's official title was revealed, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, and the film's release date was moved forward again to July 23, 2021,[11] before moving to October 1, 2021.[12] It was also confirmed that it would be the final film of the series.[11] That same month, Sony had confirmed that Adam Sandler would not be reprising his role as Dracula, with the role given to Brian Hull.[13][14] It was also announced that Brad Abrell had replaced Kevin James as the voice of Frankenstein.[15] In August 2021, Sony was in discussions to cancel the film's theatrical plans and release it direct-to-streaming, in response to the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant surges in the United States and the low box office turnouts of Black Widow and The Suicide Squad.[16][17] On August 16, it was reported that Amazon Studios is close to acquiring the distribution rights to the film for $100 million, and would release it exclusively on Prime Video.[18]

Television series

A television series based on the film premiered on June 25, 2017.[19] Developed and produced by Nelvana Limited, in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation, the prequel series focused on the teenage years of Mavis and her friends at the Hotel Transylvania.[19] Sony Pictures Television handled distribution in the United States, while Nelvana distributed the series outside the United States.[19] It aired on the Disney Channel worldwide.[20]

Short films

Goodnight Mr. Foot

Goodnight Mr. Foot is a traditionally animated short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Bigfoot from the film. Premiering in time for Halloween, on October 26, 2012, the short was shown exclusively in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas, before the theatrical shows of Hotel Transylvania. As Sony Pictures Animation's first traditionally animated film, it was written and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky himself, who also animated the short with the help of Rough Draft Studios. Animated in the style of Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Chuck Jones,[21] Tartakovsky created the short in four weeks during the final production stages of the main film.[22] Bigfoot (who had a non-speaking role in Hotel Transylvania) was voiced by Corey Burton while the Witch Maid was voiced by Rose Abdoo. Both voice actors provided additional voices in Hotel Transylvania.[23]

Taking place before the events of Hotel Transylvania, the short stars Bigfoot, whose rest in Hotel Transylvania is being constantly disturbed by an overly enthusiastic witch maid.[21]


Puppy! is a CG-animated fantasy comedy short film based on Hotel Transylvania, featuring Dennis (voiced by Asher Blinkoff) from Hotel Transylvania 2, with the additional voices of Selena Gomez, reprising her role as Mavis, Andy Samberg as Johnny, and Adam Sandler as Dracula. The film was written and directed by veteran director of the Hotel Transylvania movies, Genndy Tartakovsky, and was shown in theaters alongside The Emoji Movie, which was released in the United States on July 28, 2017.[24] The film is set in the hotel, as Dennis convinces Dracula to give him a monster-sized puppy named Tinkles, and the hotel learns to cope with it.[25] The short is a sneak preview of the third film, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which was released on July 13, 2018.

Monster Pets

Monster Pets is a Hotel Transylvania short film, featuring Dracula trying to find a pet companion for his lively puppy, Tinkles.[26] The short was played exclusively at Cinemark Theatres on the weekend following April 1, 2021, before select PG-rated films,[27][28] and was released online on April 9, 2021.[26] It was directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, written by Kluska and produced by Christian Roedel. Brian Hull replaced Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula.[26]


Box office performance

Film Release Date Box Office Gross All Time Ranking Budget (millions) References
Domestic Foreign Worldwide Domestic Worldwide
Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012 $148,313,048 $210,062,555 $358,375,603 359 339 $85 [29]
Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015 $169,700,110 $305,099,890 $474,800,000 282 215 $80 [30]
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13, 2018 $167,510,016 $361,073,758 $528,583,774 290 187 $80 [31]
Total $485,523,174 $876,236,203 $1,361,759,377 23 16 $245 [32]

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Hotel Transylvania 44% (144 reviews)[33] 47 (32 reviews)[34] A-[35][36]
Hotel Transylvania 2 56% (108 reviews)[37] 44 (24 reviews)[38] A-[39][36]
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 62% (119 reviews)[40] 54 (23 reviews)[41] A-[42][36]

Cast and characters

Characters Films Short films Television series
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania 2 Hotel Transylvania 3:
Summer Vacation
Hotel Transylvania:
Goodnight Mr. Foot Puppy! Monster Pets Hotel Transylvania:
The Series
Season 1 Season 2
Count Dracula Adam Sandler Brian Hull Silent role Adam Sandler Brian Hull David Berni Ivan Sherry
Mavis Dracula-Loughran Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Bryn McAuley
Sadie Sandler
Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Andy Samberg Andy Samberg
Frank Kevin James Brad Abrell[43] Paul Braunstein
Wayne Steve Buscemi
Murray CeeLo Green Keegan-Michael Key
Griffin David Spade
Eunice Fran Drescher N/A
Wanda Molly Shannon
Winnie Sadie Sandler TBA
Blobby Cameo Jonny Solomon Genndy Tartakovsky TBA Cameo
Bigfoot Animal sounds only TBA Corey Burton Silent cameo Animal sounds only
Fly Chris Parnell Cameo
Quasimodo Jon Lovitz Scott McCord
Martha Jackie Sandler Painting
Dennisovitch "Dennis" Dracula
(née Loughran)
Asher Blinkoff Asher Blinkoff Asher Blinkoff
Sunny Sandler
Mike Loughran Nick Offerman
Linda Loughran Megan Mullally
Vlad Mel Brooks
Dana Dana Carvey
Bela Rob Riggle
Chris Kattan
Kelsey Nick Swardson Michelle Murdocca TBA
Ericka Dracula
(née Van Helsing)
Kathryn Hahn
Professor Abraham Van Helsing Jim Gaffigan
Stan Chris Parnell
Kraken Joe Jonas
Crystal N/A Chrissy Teigen
Tinkles Joe Whyte TBA Joe Whyte Derek Drymon
Puppy Blobby Genndy Tartakovsky TBA Genndy Tartakovsky
Toots Jennifer Kluska
Aunt Lydia Dan Chameroy
Wendy Blob Evany Rosen
Hank N. Stein Gage Munroe
Pedro Joseph Motiki
Uncle Gene Patrick McKenna
  • A grey cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.


Role Films Television series
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania 2 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Hotel Transylvania: The Series
Director Genndy Tartakovsky Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon Robin Budd
Producer Michelle Murdocca Alice Dewey Goldstone Jane Crawford
Co-producer(s) Lydia Bottegoni Skye Lyons Carey A. Smith TBA N/A
Executive producer(s) Adam Sandler
Robert Smigel
Allen Covert
Adam Sandler
Robert Smigel
Allen Covert
Ben Waisbren
N/A Genndy Tartakovsky
Selena Gomez
Michelle Murdocca
Rick Mischel
Scott Dyer
Irene Weibel
Writer(s) Screenplay by:
Peter Baynham
Robert Smigel
Story by:
Todd Durham
Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Robert Smigel
Adam Sandler
Genndy Tartakovsky[44]
Michael McCullers
Screenplay by:
Amos Vernon
Nunzio Randazzo
Genndy Tartakovsky
Story by:
Genndy Tartakovsky[45]
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh[46] Stephen Skratt
Asher Lenz
Editor(s) Catherine Apple Joyce Arrastia Lynn Hobson[47] N/A
Production Company Sony Pictures Animation
Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing Amazon Studios (in negotiations) Sony Pictures Television

Video games

A social game based on the film, titled Hotel Transylvania Social Game and made by Sony Pictures Interactive, was released on August 15, 2012. The game allows players to create their own Hotel Transylvania, where they must take care of the hotel's guests.[48]

Another video game, titled Hotel Transylvania, developed by WayForward Technologies and published by GameMill Entertainment, was released on September 18, 2012, for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS at retail.[49][50] The Nintendo 3DS version of the game was also released digitally in the Nintendo eShop in North America on November 15, 2012.[51]

A mobile game, titled Hotel Transylvania Dash, developed by Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and PlayFirst, was released to iTunes App Store on September 20, 2012. The game is a variation of Hotel Dash and features the film's art and characters.[52]

A mobile digital storybook app, titled Hotel Transylvania BooClips Deluxe, developed by Castle Builders and Sony Pictures Animation, was released on the iTunes App Store, Nook Store, Google Play for Android, iBookstore, Microsoft's Metro, and for PC and Mac via BooClips, both in English and in Spanish, on September 20, 2012.[53]

A third video game based on Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Hotel Transylvania 3 Monsters Overboard, published by Outright Games, was released on July 13, 2018.[54]

An upcoming video game based on the franchise, Hotel Transylvania: Scary-Tale Adventures, developed by Drakhar Studio and published by Outright Games, is scheduled to release for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One in October 2021.[55]

Theme park attractions

In December 2016, a dark ride based on the franchise opened at Motiongate Dubai, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[56] In April 2021, another ride based on the film series opened at Dream Island in Moscow, Russia.[57] In October 2021, a new themed-land, based on the film franchise, will open at Columbia Pictures Aquaverse in Sattahip, Chonburi, Thailand.[58]


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