What You Need To Know - February 11, 2016

Hotel Transylvania 2: What You Need To Know
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Hotel Transylvania 2: What You Need To Know

Russian-American animator Genndy Tartakovsky spent much of his career creating offbeat but well-loved animated shows like Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack before making his feature film debut with 2012's Hotel Transylvania, an animated adventure that re-imagines Count Dracula as the eccentric and slightly camp owner of hotel for non-humans.

This week its sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, arrives in stores on DVD & Blu-ray (you can order your copy on the right-hand side of this page). So what can we expect from the second instalment featuring the Count and his daughter Mavis? Here's everything you need to know...

Who's in it?

Many of the voice cast from the first film reprise their roles here, including Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, Selena Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as her human boyfriend Jonathan. Others returning to the fray are Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher and David Spade, while new additions include Wayne's World star Dana Carvey, comedy legend Mel Brooks and Parks & Recreation's Nick Offerman. As with the first film, the soundtrack is once again provided by ex-Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh.

Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 Genndy Tartakovsky

What's the plot?

Anyone who has seen the first film will remember that Dracula spent much of it trying – and failing – to stop his daughter from falling in love with a human named Jonathan. This time around he's a grandparent and his half-human, half-monster grandson Dennis is nearing his fifth birthday, but has yet to grow fangs or display any monster-like behaviour. Mavis is worried that perhaps Transylvania isn't the right environment for her son and is considering moving out of the hotel so that Dennis can grow up in more human surroundings.

Drac is horrified by the prospect of Mavis moving out and is desperate to bring out the monster in Dennis, so he arranges for Mavis to take a trip to California to meet Jonathan's parents, leaving Drac to babysit Dennis. While she's away, Drac recruits some of his best monster buddies in an attempt to teach Dennis how to be a monster.

When Mavis discovers what her father has been up to, she promises to move herself and Dennis out of the hotel after his fifth birthday, so Drac recruits his own father, Vlad, in a last ditch effort to bring out the vampire in his half-human grandson.

Does it deliver?

The first Hotel Transylvania was a box office hit and fans of the original will be pleased to hear that they haven't messed with the formula here, so if you enjoyed the antics of Drac and friends the first time around you'll find plenty to enjoy about the new instalment too. Check out the trailer below...

Hotel Transylvania 2 - Official Trailer (HD)

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