The Hotel Transylvania franchise is made up of four feature films, three short films, a TV series, and two video games. The first three movies were directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, helming a star-studded cast of comedy talents: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Fran Drescher, and Molly Shannon, among many others. Sandler stars as Count Dracula, a human-hating vampire who goes to great lengths to keep his daughter Mavis (Gomez) safe and sound in his spooky hotel for monsters, a facility designed for them to rest safely away from humans. However, throughout the films, these seemingly terrifying characters reveal their awkward and tender natures, embarking on the most hilarious adventures that entertain both children and adults alike. In January 2022, Amazon Prime released Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, a fourth installment wrapping up this popular animated franchise. Here is a ranking of all Hotel Transylvania movies and TV series.
Due to the popularity of the franchise's movies, in 2017 Hotel Transylvania: The Series, also produced by Sony Pictures Animation, was released. This series boasted two seasons that ran until October 2020, and it served as a prequel to the films, as it is set in 2008, four years before Hotel Transylvania. The show focuses on Mavis' teenage years, particularly at a time when Count Dracula traveled to a Vampire Council, leaving his daughter and her best friends at the hotel to experience the most hilarious adventures. Of course, not all is laughter and fun, because Mavis remained in the care of her rigid and boring aunt, Lydia Dracula. Apart from Lydia, the series also presents Mavis' friends Wendy Blob, Hank N. Stein, and Pedro, relatives of the well-known characters from the movies, who also appear in a few episodes. One significant aspect to mention is that the voice cast is entirely different from the one in the movies.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was the third film in the franchise, and it premiered in 2018. The film shattered a few records for being the highest-grossing film in the Hotel Transylvania series, collecting $528 million worldwide, as well as, per Deadline, Sony Pictures Animation's highest-grossing fully animated film. This sequel represents a major change in location, as for the first time, it is set almost entirely outside the hotel. Mavis senses that her father is very stressed out at work, and decides to treat him to a surprise monster cruise, along with their family and friends. Drac hates vacations, and only accepts to go because it's a gift from his beloved daughter. As soon as he steps on the ship, something unexpected happens: after many years, the vampire falls in love as soon as he meets the ship's captain, Ericka Van Helsing. However, there is one thing he completely ignores: the woman is, in fact, his arch-nemesis's great-granddaughter, and she is willing to destroy monsters once and for all.
The second Hotel Transylvania movie snags the top spot in this ranking on account of the tremendous job they did cementing both the story and the characters, especially in light of the original film's popularity. Hotel Transylvania 2 was released in 2015, setting the story several years after the events of the first movie. Mavis and Johnny are now parents to a little boy named Dennis, who doesn't seem to have any ability as a vampire, so Mavis is considering moving somewhere safer for the child. His grandfather Drac, convinced that his grandson is a vampire, but concerned because he has not yet acquired his fangs, steps in and, with the help of his friends, decides to train the boy so that he can turn into a monster. But the clock is ticking: Vlad, Drac's stern father, is paying a visit to the hotel, and he has no idea about his son's new policy towards humans.
Unfortunately, Chef Quasimodo (Jon Lovitz) realizes that Jonathan is human and captures him to cook him, forcing Dracula to directly intervene by magically paralyzing the chef. Eventually, the birthday party happens and it is a raucous success until Dracula overreacts to Mavis and Jonathan's innocent kiss. Things get worse when Quasimodo interrupts the party and he reveals Jonathan's true nature. Even as the clientèle are revolted, Dracula, in his ranting, lets it slip that he tricked Mavis at the fake village and Mavis is mad at being so manipulated by her own dad. For his part, Jonathan feels obliged to reject Mavis for her father's sake and he leaves the hotel. Afterwards, Dracula realizes that in his efforts to protect Mavis, he broke her heart and she now tearfully wants to stay at the hotel forever.
In less than a year, Tartakovsky rewrote the script and reimagined the movie to follow the energy, organic-ness, and exaggeration of the 2D animation, particularly of the Tex Avery's cartoons. "I took all the aesthetics I like from 2-D and applied them here," Tartakovsky said. "I don't want to do animation to mimic reality. I want to push reality." "I wanted to have an imprint so you'd go, 'Well, only Genndy can make this.' It's hard, especially with CG, but I feel there's a lot of moments that feel that they're very me, so hopefully it'll feel different enough that it has a signature to it."
A social game based on the movie called Hotel Transylvania Social Game, and made by Sony Pictures Interactive, was released on August 15, 2012. The game allows players to create their own Hotel Transylvania, where they must take care over hotel guests. 2b1af7f3a8