Hotel Transylvania sneak preview with Selena Gomez and helmer Genndy Tartakovsky
Sony Pictures Animation celebrates its 10th year in operation with “Hotel Transylvania,” which is set for release in September. The studio first released “Monster House” in 2006, and followed that up with “Surf’s Up,” “Open Season,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and its biggest hit to date, the CGI/live action “The Smurfs” last year.
The studio recently gave a sneak peak of the animated film that stars Adam Sandler as Dracula, the Hotel Transylvania owner and overprotective father who is throwing a 118th birthday bash for his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). As their friends – from Frankenstein to the Mummy – made their appearances, so does a traveler (Andy Samberg) who innocently stumbles across the spooky and remote hotel. Dracula’s goal now is to keep the increasingly independent Mavis from the human who could bring upheaval to their monstrous world.
Gomez, in only her second voice-over role, said she was honored to join the cast that included comedy heavyweights like Kevin James, Jon Lovitz, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, David Spade as well as “The Voice” star Cee Lo Green. While most of her sessions were alone in a recording studio, Gomez was able to work closely with Sandler.
“He was there at almost all of the sessions and he was really nice,” said Gomez, who has four feature films set for release in 2013. “That to me is a cool dad, someone who’s really funny and makes everybody laugh.”
Mavis, according to Gomez, is in the same place that she is, being young and wanting to see the world.
“I’m 19 and it’s fun for me to grow up and I want to be able to see places also,” Gomez said. “I get to travel and I’m very lucky to get to go to all the places I do, but I’ve never been to these places alone or with my friends. I never actually had so I think I’m going through that a little bit. I want to do things on my own a little more and having some of that freedom.”
Russian-born Genndy Tartakovsky, who created the animated series “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” among others, is directing his first animated feature film with “Hotel Transylvania.” He said it was a different kind of pressure moving from TV to film.
“In TV, when you get an episode that’s not so great, usually the fans will forgive you because they know the next one will be better,” he said. “There’s always that one more shot kind of feel. With a feature, you have 85 minutes and you have one shot really. Basically, right now, it’s an opening weekend to get the story right and make people fall in love with the characters, get some laughs, make sure it’s entertaining. So that pressure was a lot different.”