Parents' Guide to

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Slapsticky monster sequel has silly laughs, mild peril.

Movie PG 2022 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 5+

Don't bother

It was not as good as the first 3... I would not recommend it.
age 5+



Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (22 ):

This supposedly final movie about Drac and Mavis' monster family and their silly adventures is sure to make little ones laugh and adults feel nostalgic for monster movies of old. Sandler and James may be out, but the professional voice actors who replaced them are skilled enough to make that a non-issue. And while the plot is pretty thin, this has never been a franchise based on propulsive plot twists. The kid-friendly comedy is really just an excuse to see iconic movie monsters turned into sight-gags and slapstick comedy acts. By that standard, Transformania is more of the same formula -- lots of physical comedy shenanigans that leave the characters injured (again and again, in Drac's case) in a laugh-out-loud way. Drac's new human body is frail, and his inability to deal with everything from motion sickness to heavy lifting to environmental allergies and mosquito bites is entertaining.

While Drac and Johnny bond in South America as they look for the new crystal for Van Helsing's weapon, the two women (Mavis and Ericka) clearly save the day. They're the ones who make rational decisions, troubleshoot, communicate in a healthy way, and bravely lead the team into perilous circumstances. And once again, there's a sweet "odd couple" vibe to the central relationships: Mavis and Johnny, Drac and Ericka, even Drac and Johnny. The quartet of Drac's monster pals-turned-humans will also provide the comic relief that kids are used to: Werewolf Wayne (Steve Buscemi) becomes a bearded man; invisible Griffin (David Spade) is a naked man (who knew?); Murray (Keegan-Michael Key) is small and ancient; Frank (Brad Abrell) is surprisingly tall and handsome; and good ol' Blobby (Genndy Tartakovsky) is a plain ol' jel-ring mold. Their new selves lead to more comedy, like when Bride of Frankenstein Eunice (Fran Drescher) screams when she sees her now hunkified husband, as if he's repulsive. Bottom line? The Hotel Transylvania movies are light and jokey and just right for kids who prefer their monsters on the safe side.

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