Autodidact: self-taught


Hotel Transylvania

by V. L. Craven

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I’m probably preaching to the choir, as anyone reading this site is probably already a fan of Hotel Transylvania, but in case you’ve been putting it off because it’s a ‘kids movie’ or something, go watch it now. I’ll wait.

See? Wasn’t that worth it? Don’t you wish you’d watched it sooner?

You didn’t go watch it right then and you’re still reading this post…?

Wow. I thought I knew you better than that, but it’s about Dracula, who, after having a terrible time with humans, built an hotel for monsters (the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf, etc, but also myriad monsters of stripes I’ve certainly never seen). He’s dreaded the day his little girl turns 118 because then she’ll be old enough to go out into the world that he knows wants nothing more than to harm her. But she’s turning 118 at the weekend and all the monsters in the world are invited to her party.

Pouty Bat Face

Not the pouty bat face! Right in the feels!

After cooking up a plot to scare her off the human world forever, the worst possible thing happens. An American tourist shows up. Dracula knows that if all the other monsters find out the most terrifying thing they can imagine (humans tend to kill monsters, after all) has invaded their safe haven they’ll flee and never return. So Drac gets the young man up in a costume to make him monster-y and he becomes a huge hit at the party. A huge hit with everyone, including Drac’s daughter, ifyouknowwhatImean.

It’s the sort of animation where if you blink you miss five sight gags. The sort you can watch multiple times and be delighted every single time.

The website is great fun, as well. There are games, wallpapers, Facebook covers and Twitter skins, and a downloadable activity book.

And if you’ve already seen Hotel Transylvania (and loved it), I highly recommend Mad Monster Party , which is about a similar situation, but was made in the 60s. And it was TRIPPY.

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