Sony Pictures has released a brand new trailer for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Animated movies have a high ceiling in terms of potential quality and financial reward for the studio, but even a middling animated feature can do big business, given that parents need something to take their kids to. That being the case, the Hotel Transylvania movies have done quite well in recent years and now, we’re getting ready to see the cap to Adam Sandler’s animated trilogy, which looks to be a gag-filled extravaganza, based on this latest trailer.
The new Hotel Transylvania 3 trailer expands a bit upon the movie’s actual story. As we see, not only do Drac and the gang head out on a cruise for vacation, which would be enough to change up the formula from the first two movies, but there’s also a subplot involving the descendant of Van Helsing. What’s more is that Drac actually winds up falling for the legendary monster hunter’s great-granddaughter. It looks like that’s given director Genndy Tartakovsky, who helmed both of the previous movies in the franchise, quite a bit to play with.
In Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, our favorite monster family embarks on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
Adam Sandler has been like a sore thumb for many movie fans in recent years. While his early efforts like Happy Gilmore, and his serious roles in movies like Punch Drunk Love, are welcome, his output over the last decade or so have left a lot to be desired. However, the Hotel Transylvania franchise, by virtue of it being made for the purpose of entertaining kids, have been among his most harmless and at times enjoyable efforts in recent memory. So maybe Hotel Transylvania 3 can surprise us a bit when it arrives in theaters on July 13. At the very least, maybe it won’t be offensively bad, with the understanding that it’s a kid’s movie.
The first two Hotel Transylvania movies made a combined $831 million at the worldwide box office, making them pretty solid hits for Sony. The cast for this latest installment includes Andy Samberg (Johnny), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frank), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray) and Mel Brooks. Be sure to check out the new Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation trailer, courtesy of the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube channel, for yourself below.