Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, 2012.
When I started watching Hotel Transylvania (2012) I was unaware that it would take such a comical stab at my current situation. In just four days time, I am moving to Transylvania, after having traveled there with my backpack last year. Seeing fellow 21-year old backpacker Jonathan stumble upon Dracula’s hotel in true backpacker style, while passing through the same regions I visited really made me fall in love with this movie! Jonathan’s endless stories of ‘inspiring travel’ and his undying love for his backpack were hilarious. It reminded me a lot of how crazy packer life can be!
The movie itself is a neat comedy that takes a bunch of stale, wasted monsters and gives them refreshing new personalities. The movie introduces Dracula as the over-protective father of his 118-year-old daughter Mavis. The Romanian hotel Dracula runs is occupied by all sorts of monsters looking for peace and tranquility in a place without pesky humans with pitchforks. The guests are a pleasure to watch and especially Wayne, Dracula’s worn-down werewolf friend (played by Steve Buscemi), adds a lot of fun to the movie as the father of far over a dozen pups. I was surprised to find so many funny references in this new animated film and therefore it feels like a good recommendation right before moving into Dracula’s hotel myself!
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Content creator Pim Razenberg is an experienced traveler who’s been roaming the planet for many years. After a stint in the Dutch film industry, he lived and worked in Romania, the United Kingdom, and Thailand. Pim is currently working in the Netherlands, bringing creative new projects to fruition and writing a novel detailing his journeys across the world.