I have loved the Hotel Transylvania series. I loved monsters as a kid and it is a fun series that I have enjoyed watching with my son over the years. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is the fourth and from what Sony has said, the final movie in the series. I will admit when it went straight to Amazon Prime, I was a little worried about its quality, but it is still a fun watch.
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The Movie Review
Let’s get the big thing out of the way and that is Adam Sandler did not return as Drac, instead we get Brian Hull who does a decent job, but it is very noticeable it is not Adam Sandler. Kevin James also does not return with Frankenstein being voiced by Brad Arbell. Thankfully the rest of the cast returned such as Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kathryn Hahn, David Spade, and Keegan-Michael Key
The plot of the movie is actually a lot of fun. Drac is getting ready to retire and he is going to leave the hotel to Mavis and Johnny. Johnny finds out and tells Drac about all his renovation plans and this freaks Drac out! Drac lies to Johnny and tells him that there are monster real estate laws that prevent a human from taking over.
Johnny is crushed, but crazy Van Helsing has a special crystal that can turn a human into a monster and a monster human. Johnny gets turned into a cool-looking dragon and he loves it! Drac is not pleased and an accident leads Drac and his buddies to be turned into humans. Plus, the crystal is broken and the only way to get another one is to head to South America.
Seeing Drac and Johnny have to come to terms with their bodies is a lot of fun, especially Drac who has a really hard time being a human. As much fun as Johnny is having, the longer he stays a monster, the more unstable he can become! Johnny and Drac take a trip to South America to find the crystal and the two actually bind and become closer which is great to see.
However, once Drac’s lie comes to fold, Johnny is hurt, but his hurt feelings turn to rage and this is not good. Mavis learns about what has happened and she along with Drac’s transformed buddies go to try and make the save. I have to say seeing the rest of the monsters become human is hilarious, especially Frankenstein who is a heartthrob now!
To be honest with you, if I was ranking these movies, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania would come in fourth place. However, this is a fun movie, even with the voice cast changes. If you enjoyed the previous three, you will enjoy this. I think many people look at this as a cheap “direct to video” style of movie, but that is not the case at all as it has much of the charm the other three movies have.