Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Trailer for 'Hotel Transylvania' Falls Flat

Seeing Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg's names at the end of the trailer was a punch in the gut. That style of comedy... But, on the flip side, it's animation so at least I won't have to actually look at them, just listen to their voices. Not so bad except they do that pinched men-who-pretend-they-are-still-boys voice that leaves me slack-jawed.

Writers David Stern (Open Season 2 and 3) and Dan Hageman (Ninjago TV series) inspire little faith.

Will this play? The schtick is so on-the-nose -- aren't kids more sophisticated than that. Guess it depends on the competition. September 28, HT goes up against 'Looper' with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis which is building some serious buzz but isn't direct competition. The next week, though, HT faces 'Frankenweenie' and 'Taken 2' -- not good.

At this point 'Hotel Transylvania' is looking like a pass.


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