As the title suggests, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is all about change. Not only is this the first of the blockbuster animated franchise to be directed by someone other than Genndy Tartakovsky, and the first to not feature Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, but the monster-ific cast of characters have all been transformed into their non-monstrous selves.
The story finds Drac (now voiced by Brian Hull) and his buddies in the Drac Pack attempting to return to their original form after being transformed by Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan).
SYNOPSIS: Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the ‘Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.
The voice cast includes Brad Abrell who replaces Kevin James as Frankenstein, Selena Gomez (also an exec-producer) as Mavis, Andy Samberg as Johnny, Steve Buscemi as Wayne the wolfman, plus Keegan-Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn, David Spade, Asher Blinkoff, Fran Drescher, and Molly Shannon.
With Tartakovsky moving over to a co-writing role, the gig as director went to Jennifer Kluska (DC Super Hero Girls) and Derek Drymon (Rocko’s Modern Life).
Hotel Transylvania: Transformia opens October 1st.