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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation [2018] (2 discs)

Director:Genndy Tartakovsky
Writer:Genndy Tartakovsky
Michael McCullers
Composer:Mark Mothersbaugh
Length:97 minutes
(1 hour 37 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:62%
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Synopsis: Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.

Reaction: The story continues and it's enjoyable enough. I don't think it's becoming one of the most enduring of children's movie franchises, but they'll enjoy it. Still has good bits of humor, but it feels a little worn at times.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Genndy Tartakovsky => Director / Writer / Puppy Blobby (voice) / Blobby / Blobby Baby
Michael McCullers => Writer
Mark Mothersbaugh => Composer
TiŽsto => Composer
Adam Sandler => Dracula (voice)
Andrew Morgado => Additional Voices (voice)
Andy Samberg => Johnny (voice)
Asher Blinkoff => Dennis (voice)
Audrey Wasilewski => Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Parnell => Stan / Fish Man (voice)
Chrissy Teigen => Crystal (voice)
Craig Kellman => Mr. Hydraberg (voice)
David Spade => Griffin (voice)
Debra Wilson => Additional Voices (voice)
Fran Drescher => Eunice (voice)
Fred Tatasciore => Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Gaffigan => Van Helsing (voice)
Joe Jonas => The Kraken (voice)
Joe Whyte => Bob (voice) / Tinkles
Kathryn Hahn => Ericka (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key => Murray (voice)
Kevin James => Frankenstein (voice)
Mel Brooks => Vlad (voice)
Michael-Leon Wooley => Additional Voices (voice)
Michelle Murdocca => Witch 1 / Witch 2 (voice) / Phone Voice / Kelsey
Molly Shannon => Wanda (voice)
Mona Marshall => Additional Voices (voice)
Rif Hutton => Additional Voices (voice)
Robin Atkin Downes => Additional Voices (voice)
Sadie Sandler => Winnie (voice)
Selena Gomez => Mavis (voice)
Steve Buscemi => Wayne (voice)
Tara Strong => Frankenlady (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The scene where Johnny sees a gremlin on the wing of the airplane is a tribute to {The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963)}. That episode featured William Shatner and was recreated in The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), with John Lithgow.
  • If you look closely during the Bermuda Triangle sequence, you may spot several actual famous boats that allegedly disappeared in the mysterious location.
  • The Chupacabra is a Mexican folk legend (goatsucker) monster who is known to drink the blood of goats. This is why the bartender gives him a goat in a glass when he asks for a drink.
  • Abraham Van Helsing was in his fifties or sixties in [?] Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897, which would make him one hundred seventy to one hundred ninety years old here.
  • David Foster and [?] Michael Bublť had written the song "It's Party Time" in a burst of inspiration and with Nick Jonas' voice in mind.
  • The gremlins resemble the title monsters of Gremlins (1984) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), but their behavior on the plane also calls to mind the, as it were, original "gremlins". Gremlins were once known to the Royal Air Force as mischievous imps who sabotage planes. Whenever something went wrong and no one knew why, a gremlin was blamed. During his time in the Royal Air Force, author Roald Dahl heard this myth and wrote a story about them, making gremlins famous (or, perhaps, infamous) throughout the world.
  • When Wayne and Wanda visit the Kids Club you see a sign to say that it is Jason's Birthday. Jason being Jason Voorhees from the [Friday The 13th] franchise.
  • Jim Gaffigan voices the mechanized Van Helsing by imitating Lionel Barrymore's late-career performances where he was confined to a wheelchair.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky didn't want the fishmen to bend forward because fish can only bend sideways so he asked animators to have the least amount of movement for them as possible; sometimes in scenes only their mouths or eyes move.
  • Among the clippings on Van Helsing's map of Atlantis is the picture of a sound-wave. This appears to be The Bloop, a mysterious low frequency sound detected in the South Pacific in 1997 by NOAA. Now confirmed the sound of a moving iceberg, it was then proposed to have been produced by a giant, undiscovered sea monster. Fittingly, the movie features a giant singing sea monster in its climax.