Halloween is so much cooler when we celebrate with our favorite characters. I will see a lot of kids dressed up as little Draculas in our neighborhood going trick-o-treating. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is a kind movie with funny animation characters that transcended through Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 sequels.
When you celebrate your togetherness with a good movie, then you’d be thrilled to get your hands on Hotel Transylvanie 3 Blu-ray Dvd! It includes a Monster Dance Party Along, three all-new Scary-Oke sing alongs, a Vampire make over tutorial, and two mini movies to go along. That is more than enough to enjoy your time with kids and do something memorable together as a family.
Available on Digital HD September 25, 2018
On Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD October 9, 2018
This movie has grossed over $425 million in theaters worldwide. Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship! Sounds familiar?
The rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, thus making things go batty! Monsters are having a time of their lifetime, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer. You will get a good laugh at monster volleyball, colossus-sized buffets, exotic excursions, and very unusual, un-Dracula feelings toward a human being – captain Ericka!
Joining the fun are Kathryn Hahn as Ericka, the captain of the ship, and Jim Gaffigan as Abraham Van Helsing – Ericka’s great-grandfather.
“I think both Van Helsings really believe in monster hunting. Ericka sees her role as fulfilling her destiny. But that’s the funny thing – we never know what destiny has in store for us.” – Michelle Murdocca, Producer
Genndy Tartakovsky About Hotel Transylvania 3
For Genndy Tartakovsky, co-writer/director of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, returning to the Hotel Transylvania characters was not a simple decision. Simply put, there had to be a reason for him to come back and make another one – a seaworthy sequel.
“I love the characters, but if we were going to do a third film, we had to take them someplace they’ve never been before – both physically and emotionally. That’s what we’re doing here. Not only are Drac’s Pack out of the hotel and visiting fun, exotic locations on a monster cruise, but we’ve turned Drac and Mavis’s relationship on its head. Instead of Drac being the concerned parent as his daughter falls in love and has a child, now Mavis is overly concerned as her father ‘zings’ for a second time. Or maybe she’s not overly concerned – maybe he’s in real danger.”
Tartakovsky says that the inspiration for the new film came directly from his real-life experience.
“After I finished the second film, I needed a vacation – and my in-laws surprised us with a family cruise,” he notes. “I’m sure everyone loves their in-laws as much as I do, but the cruise forced us all to be together in a small space for a week. That inspired me – what would happen if you put Drac’s Pack in that situation?”
Everyone knows that being on a family vacation can be a mixed bag. You love your family and want to be together. But if you’re a kid, your parents embarrass you. For the parents, your kids run you ragged until you need a vacation from your vacation. Your grandpa shows up in his Speedo. And as we all know by now, monsters are just like us.
Says producer Michelle Murdocca, who like Tartakovsky returns for her third tour of duty in the Hotel Transylvania franchise.
“The fun is how relatable they are. We’ve known for some time that Dracula, Frank, Wayne and Wanda the wolfpeople, and Griffin the Invisible Man have all had their heroic moments and their foibles and are just trying to get along as best they can in a world that isn’t always accepting. And they’ve never faced a greater danger than Ericka.”
After all, Ericka is not merely the beautiful, smart, adventurous captain of the ship who could steal Dracula’s heart (if vampires have hearts) and alter the family dynamic forever. She also holds a secret that threatens to send this journey off course – it just so happens that she is a descendent of Abraham Van Helsing, the legendary monster hunter, and the whole idea of a cruise is a ploy to get Drac and his pack. It’s a trap. A ruse. A cruise ruse.
“That relationship opens up a whole new world for the characters. There’s even more visual humor, more fun than the first two films. It’s not just a cruise – it’s an adventure. They get to explore new and exotic locations – including the lost city of Atlantis. But there’s also real danger involved as they start to wonder if Ericka, the ship’s captain, is leading them right into a trap.” – Genndy Tartakovsky
That visual humor is Tartakovsky’s signature, perhaps best expressed through what he calls a “pushed” style of animation that marked the first two films. Where most CG animated films try to keep the character looking like a base model – treating the character rig like a puppet – Tartakovsky encourages his animators to bring an exaggerated vision, with sight gags and funny expressions.
The characters are pliable, with a range of emotions from the cartoony to the subtle and humanistic.
“The Hotel Transylvania films really are a chance for the animators to live inside Genndy’s head for a little while. The computer doesn’t always see things the way that Genndy sees them in his mind’s eye, but I think our animators love the challenge of breaking the mold and showing the wide range of expressions that are possible in the name of bigger emotion and bigger laughs.” – Michelle Murdocca
Behind the mic, the entire crew returns to bring life to Drac’s Pack – Adam Sandler as Dracula, Andy Samberg as Johnny, Selena Gomez as Mavis, Kevin James as Frank,
David Spade as Griffin, Steve Buscemi as Wayne, Keegan-Michael Key as Murray the mummy, Molly Shannon as Wanda, Fran Drescher as Eunice, and Mel Brooks as Vlad, Drac’s dad.
“I think these guys all see playing these characters as a bit of a vacation itself. They get to inhabit these roles for a little while, kick back and enjoy themselves before returning to the real world. It’s a blast to get to be with them in the booth.” – Genndy Tartakovsky
Bonus Material in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
To Entice Your Curiosity
- Three All New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs: Sing along to three Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired songs with your favorite characters!
- “Dennis Had a Giant Dog” – Sung by Dennis & Winnie
- “Monsters Like to Party Down” – Sung by Johnny
- “Oh These Wolf Pups” – Sung by Wanda Werewolf
- Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover: This feature will give you all details on how to make your own sleepover spook-tacular! From snacks to crafts to games and more, follow these steps to create a Hotel T sleep-over with your friends and family, the perfect setting to binge watch all 3 Hotel Transylvania movies.
- Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial: Learn how to turn yourself into your favorite Hotel Transylvania 3 characters.
- Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3: Step behind the “screams” with the returning stars and hilarious new cast to see how these characters are brought to life in the recording booth.
- Johnny’s Home Movies (Franchise Recap): Johnny brings viewers up to speed on what’s happened in the Hotel Transylvania franchise so far.
- “I See Love” Monster Dance Party Dance Along: Get up and get moving to this haunting monster mash.
- Drac’s Zing-tastic Read Along: It’s storytime with your favorite characters have a silly tale about Drac’s search for a Zing! Read along or sit back and enjoy!
- Two Mini Movies (rated G): Two mini-features that will have you howling.
- Goodnight Mr. Foot
Creative Talent Who Voiced Animated Characters
in Hotel Transylvania 3
The third film in this family-friendly monster franchise is the best reviewed installment and you’re invited along on the haunted cruise vacation!
• Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups)
• Andy Samberg (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
• Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers)
• Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)
• David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”)
• Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”)
• Keegan Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”)
• Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)
• Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”)
• Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms)
• Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2), and
• Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein)
Character Description of Your Favorite Characters in
Hotel Transylvania 3
DRAC (Adam Sandler)
Drac’s life seems perfect. He’s surrounded by his family and the hotel is busier than ever. The only thing he needs is a vacation! He can’t wait to spend some quality time with Mavis, Dennis and the rest of his family on the world’s first ever cruise for monsters. But little does Drac know, this cruise is actually a well-designed trap to wipe out all monster-kind!! Will Drac be able to sniff out this plan or will he be distracted by his new found love of the high seas?
MAVIS (Selena Gomez)
Always cool and optimistic, Mavis can do it all. She handles all of her responsibilities – Hotel Transylvania assistant manager, wife, mom, daughter – with ease! The one thing she wished she had? More family time. This cruise is just what she needed! She can’t wait to have a blast with Drac’s entire Pack and get some quality time with Johnny, Dennis and of course her dad, Drac.
JOHNNY (Andy Samberg)
Human Johnny always manages to stay mellow but he’s stoked about the cruise’s all-night monster music festival. What he doesn’t realize is that the fate of all monsters will depend on his mid-90’s DJ skills.
FRANK (Kevin James)
Drac’s best friend Frank has a good head on his shoulders— most of the time. He wishes he could give Drac better advice about dating but he’s never even been on one. He and wife Eunice were made for each other— literally.
GRIFFIN (David Spade)
Griffin, an invisible man, does not hesitate to give Drac dating advice – all of it terrible. It’s a complete mystery how he was able to land his invisible girlfriend! And she’s real!
WAYNE (Steve Buscemi)
Wayne the Werewolf and his wife Wanda have just had yet another litter of new pups and they are up to their noses in little fur balls. When the couple realizes there’s a kids’ club on board the cruise ship, Wayne weeps with joy and they decide to pack a decade full of ‘me time’ into one night.
MURRAY (Keegan-Michael Key)
Murray the mummy can’t wait to unwrap and pamper himself with an all-day seaweed re-wrap! But his spa appointment will have to wait when he learns of a much bigger problem threatening his friends.
WANDA (Molly Shannon)
If there’s anyone more exhausted than Wayne the Werewolf, it’s his wife Wanda. The mother of 70, she’s kind, maternal and sweet but, let’s be honest, she could use a vacation!
EUNICE (Fran Drescher)
Frank’s beloved wife Eunice is critical, brash and can have an ‘in your face’ attitude, but underneath it all she loves her man Frank.
ERICKA (Kathryn Hahn)
The human captain of the ship, Ericka, is smart, adventurous and holds a secret that threatens to send this journey off course. She runs this “hotel on the water” and has no problem butting heads with Drac.
VAN HELSING (Jim Gaffigan)
Abraham Van Helsing — professor, inventor and monster-hunter — is Drac’s self-proclaimed arch rival. Humiliated by Drac long ago, he swore he would get revenge even if it took a hundred years to achieve it. Luckily he’s discovered the secret to immortality — kale!
VLAD (Mel Brooks)
This oldest of the old-school vampires is turning in his cave and cape for a swim suit and sunscreen! Drac’s Dad may be ancient but he can still rock those swim shorts!
DENNIS (Asher Blinkoff)
Mavis and Johnny’s 5-year-old son Dennis has a new pet that he is in love with — an elephant-sized puppy named Tinkles. Dennis can’t bear to leave the mischievous puppy behind so he secretly sneaks Tinkles onto the cruise and disguises the massive dog as one of the passengers! How long will Dennis be able to keep this secret under wraps?
BLOBBY (Genndy Tartakovsky)
This blobby monster is always jiggling for a good time! He’s also his own lost and found – you can sometimes discover an unexpected thing or two inside his gelatin body.
WINNIE (Sadie Sandler)
She’s one of Wayne and Wanda’s numerous pups. She’s wild, rambunctious and always game for a mischievous adventure. She also has a not-so-secret crush on Dennis.
Download Halloween Hotel Transylvania Printables
I have gotten some awesome Vampirina printables to add to the movie night for Hotel Transylvania 3!
These cool spiders are easy to make, and will give you some fun time making them. I like this craft for the ease and availability of the ingredients!