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Comic-Con 2012: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Panel Reveals Plot Details

Comic-Con 2012 'Hotel Transylvania' panel
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We were initially excited for the Comic-Con 2012Hotel Transylvania‘ panel simply for the fact that the movie proves Adam Sandler can rise above some his past onscreen blunders. Plus, he’s partnering again with ‘SNL’ alum Andy Samberg post their ‘That’s My Boy,’ which kind of surpassed our expectations considering how low they were to begin with.

‘Hotel Transylvania,’ though, is not like the movie — it’s filled with more loveable versions of Frankenstein’s monster, mummies, werewolves and the rest of your favorite creatures that go bump in the night. Though Sandler and Samberg couldn’t make it to Comic-Con 2012, director Genndy Tartakovsky met up with fans for the panel Thursday in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom to discuss the film.

Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the coolest creators to ever grace the halls of Comic-Con. He’s made a couple of shows that include ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ (maybe you’ve heard of them). The man is just amazing at what he does, and that’s tell a great story with memorable characters. He’s doing it again but this time in his feature film debut ‘Hotel Transylvania.’

During the panel, they showed off a couple of clips of the upcoming movie. The first showed exactly how the hotel works. It’s being run by none other than Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) who makes sure that everything is in tip-top shape for his monster guests, and bashing humans in general.

The next scene showed why Dracula formed his hotel. He does it in order to keep his 118-year-old daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) at home, afraid of letting her out into the world. Just when he thinks he has her all locked up and safe, in walks Jonathan (voiced by Andy Samberg). Dracula’s shocked to find a human in his establishment, considering the fact that there’s never been one to step foot in the building until now. We saw how he ends up finding Hotel Transylvania, doing so by backpacking through the woods of Europe and just randomly coming upon it in a very ‘Rocky Horror’ kind of way.

Panicking over the sudden human presence, Dracula decided to dress up Jonathan as a monster, re-naming him as Johnnystein. Utterly hilarious mayhem ensued as the vamp tried his best to get Jonathan out the door. He was almost successful in his efforts until Jonathan locked eyes with Mavis. After being bit by the love bug, he was not planning to leave the hotel anytime soon.

Dracula decided to throw a birthday party for Mavis, but it’s not your idea of a fun party since all they were doing was play monster bingo. In an attempt to not only liven things up but to impress the girl his heart desires, Johnnystein blasted some contemporary music while riding around in a scooter. So cute.

The last couple of clips were a continuation of Mavis’ party, which moved outside. All of the monsters were having a ball, including Frankenstein who tried to dive into the green water pool but literally fell apart at the seams as he did so. Then we saw Dracula in an earlier moment before the party began, where he was ordering the tables around (because, you know, the tables can move on their own). Jonathan saw what he did and decides to make the whole set-up process a little more fun. By the end of the clip, the two guys were jumping around and riding on top of the animated tables like bros.

All of the clips that we saw were absolutely adorable. You could definitely see Tartakovsky’s influence not only on the character designs but everything else in these ‘Hotel Transylvania’ clips. We’re really anxious to see how the rest of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ turns out when it arrives in theaters on September 21, 2012.

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