Hotel Transylvania

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For a silly broad comedy with a bit of heart, you can do worse than 90 minutes with this  movie. It has enough funny moments to keep it all going and is only occasionally so childish as to make you wince.

I really only gave this film a shot because of Gendy Tartakovsky, the animator/director behind the legendary series Samurai Jack and The Powerpuff Girls. Tartakovsky is unique and able to walk the line between adult and child better than most. And, despite his slumming on The Clone Wars in recent years, I didn’t lose faith in his touch.

As it turns out, he was the 4th or 5th director on this project, which explains a lot of the odder aspects of the choices. The commentary, which explained the long history of the film, was one of the best I’ve every heard for an animation. It was an actual technical discussion and honest conversation about the history of the film, its challenges, and its compromises. Of course they think they succeeded on all levels, but you’ll have to decide that for yourself. But if you have any interest in the issues behind a huge CGI film and want to understand the realities behind a studio level cartoon, it is a difficult commentary to turn off.

So, yeah, get some popcorn and have a little silly fun. When you’re in the right mood for empty fun, it isn’t a bad fit at all. And then, when you’re ready, turn on the commentary for a few minutes and see if you can turn it off.

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