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‘Hotel Transylvania’, the debut animation feature of Genndy Tartakovsky, a famous U.S. animator, director and producer best known for his Cartoon Network animated series such as ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’, ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Sym-Bionic Titan’ and ‘Samurai Jack’ was released last week to a mixed reviews while the audience simply love it – ‘Hotel Transylvania’ is already a tremendous box office success. Is there something the critics didn’t get?

Hotel Transylvania Poster

In all probability – there is. ‘Hotel Transylvania’ is as goofy as an animated feature can be.  Tartakovsky and his team were clearly inspired by the classic animation heritage of the early days of the medium when the animators didn’t care much about reality and kept reminding us that anything can happen in an animated film.

“We started out by thinking that animation can do anything — singing flowers, walking chairs, all that stuff,” said Tartakovsky  and then added  “But then we moved to completely copying realism. Maybe this is a good time to start going back to the old ways, where anything can happen.”

In other words, over the past decade with the advancement of technology and introduction of 3D animation, the creators of animated films got carried away with what technology can do and tended to make cartoons as real as possible, blurring the lines between animation and live action. If you take a look at, say, Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s ‘Tintin’ the movie almost feels as a live action film.

The critics have got used to the ‘real’ cartoons to such an extent that ‘Hotel Transylvania’ puzzled them, while on the other hand the record shows that people want to see crazy, surreal animated films that do not tend to be live action movies. Perhaps this really is a good time for animators and producers to go back to the old, almost forgotten surreal ways.

‘Hotel Transylvania’, a tale of monsters who got tired of human beings and Dracula who throws a party for his daughter is currently playing in all major 3D cinemas across the country and features the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Jon Lovitz, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Spade.


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