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Parents need to know that Hotel Transylvania: The Series offers more kid-friendly monster comedy for those who aren't quite ready for actual scary beings. The story is set prior to events in the movies, seeing a slightly younger Mavis taking charge of the hotel while her father is away at the vampire council. Her monster pals are a motley crew but are rarely scary, but her Aunt Lydia (Dracula's sister) frequently bursts into flames in fits of rage or frustration. Expect some accidents that would seem to cause harm but don't because of the monsters' unique characteristics (Wendy Blob recovers quickly from being splattered against a wall, for instance), and some potty humor about poop and other bodily functions.
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What's the story?
With her famous father away, Mavis (voiced by Bryn McAuley) is left in charge of the hotel in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: THE SERIES. She and her friends Wendy (Evany Rosen), Hank (Gage Munroe), and Pedro (Joseph Motiki) love having fun and always manage to find some kind of mischief to keep them occupied, all the while trying to steer clear of Mavis's Aunt Lydia (Dan Chameroy) and her fiery temper.
Is it any good?
The endearing tale of Dracula's teenage daughter continues (or rather starts, as it's a prequel to the movies) in this lighthearted series that's consistently entertaining. That Mavis is impulsive and naïve makes sense, given that she's younger than she first appeared in Hotel Transylvania, and even more prone to hair-brained ideas and impossible predicaments. Again, the story's friendly and comical monsters are a fun choice for kids who are in between innocuous cartoons and actual scares.
Hotel Transylvania: The Series has a frantic pace and constant action that wear after a while, and the animation style is a little lackluster after the style of the movies. Kids won't care, though, as they'll be far too caught up in the fun of it all. As for content, Aunt Lydia's recurring self-combustion is as violent as things get, so there's no cause for concern for most kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what aspects, if any, of Hotel Transylvania: The Series are scary. How does the show's constant humor and silliness influence how you perceive the monsters? Does that always work?
Is it sometimes fun to be scared? How do you cope with being scared in real life?
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