Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2 mixes fun gags and creepy messages

Although it features the voices of Adam Sandler and a variety of former Saturday Night Live cast members (plus Kevin James) performing a screenplay by Sandler and Robert Smigel, Hotel Transylvania 2 is not technically a Happy Madison production. Like its predecessor, it comes from Sony Pictures Animation (whose parent company has a longtime relationship with Happy Madison), and as a non-ambitious American CG cartoon aimed at families, it requires a certain degree of freneticism. The demands of big-studio animation must have been especially punishing for Team Sandler, who seem to prefer working at a more relaxed pace; just by virtue of plainly trying to entertain children, Hotel Transylvania 2 probably has more actual jokes and gags than the last three Happy Madison movies combined.

Some of them are even funny. To be sure, the antics of hotel operator Dracula (Sandler), his spunky daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), her goony human …

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