Coming to Bluray 3D Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Animation and director Genndy Tartakovsky is the best monster get-a-way with “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Johnny (Andy Samberg) are married and raising their adorable red-headed boy Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) in Hotel Transylvania. A source of pride for Vampa Drac (Adam Sandler), he is also loved by Frankenstein (Kevin James), Murray (Keegan-Michael Key), Wayne (Steve Buscemi), and Griffin (David Spade).

It’s Johnny that isn’t feeling very loved as Mavis is totally dedicated to little Dennis. Vampa Drac is feeling a little out of sorts waiting for Dennis to show signs of carrying on the family legacy. When Mavis announces that it might be better if they left the hotel, Johnny manages to talk Mavis into visiting his home while Vampa Drac takes care of the boy.

Visiting his parents, Johnny shows Mavis what life outside the castle is like. From small town living to a thrilling trip to the mini-mart, Mavis is excited about the world she didn’t know existed.

Knowing the clock is ticking, Drac’s first stop is ‘monster-in-training’ boot camp that doesn’t go exactly as planned — unless you like posting video to YouTube! All of this to keep Drac’s father Vlad (Mel Brooks) from finding out that Mavis married a human and his grandson isn’t a pureblood.

Sometimes families can be draining!

Gomez as Mavis is now a Mommy and takes that job seriously. Samberg as Johnny thought he’d have Mavis all to himself but with the arrival of little Dennis he starts to feel a little neglected and looking to the birds for friends. Blinkoff as Dennis is just so adorable to listen to! He is also a little boy who wants to make both sides of his family happy and still wants to fly! A red-headed baby vampire is just to awesome!

James as Frankenstein is hilarious as usual, Key as Murray brings the love, Buscemi as Wayne can be counted on with the one liners and Spade as Griffin takes no nonsense — unless he’s the one giving it.

Sandler as Vampa Drac brings back the same love and attention for little Dennis that he continues to have for his daughter Mavis. Saddened that she would think of leaving him and the hotel, Drac will do anything to keep them home. Wanting Dennis to carry on the family tradition, he realizes that means letting his family be who they are.

Brooks as Vlad is hilarious because that is the last character I would imagine him playing. I adore Mel Brooks and have for more years than I care to count. His line delivery is pure magic, but then again Brooks could read a phone book and I’d be thrilled.

Other cast include: Fran Drescher as Eunice, Molly Shannon as Wanda, Megan Mullally as Linda, Nick Offerman as Grandpa Mike, Dana Carvey as Dana, Rob Riggle as Bela, Chris Kattan as Kakie, Sadie Sandler as Winnie, Jon Lovitz as Phantom of the Opera, Robert Smigel as Marty, Nick Swardson as Kelsey, Paul Brittain as Pandragora, Chris Parnell as Fly and Doug Dale as Kal.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment encompasses motion pictures, television and digital content that offer so much to those wanting to expand their home entertainment library. To see more of what they have to offer please visit www.sonypictures.com. Sony Pictures Animation has not only brought the gang from “Hotel Transylvania” but is responsible for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” both of “The Smurfs” films, The Academy Award nominated “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and one of my new favorite holiday films, “Arthur Christmas.” For more information on what Sony Animation will be bringing in 2016 please visit www.sonypicturesanimation.com.

 

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Hotel Transylvania 2” four tubs of popcorn out of five. Talk about happiness in a dysfunctional family, the story here would work even if they weren’t monsters — I’m just thrilled that they are. Having watched Mavis grow up from the first “Hotel Transylvania,” Dennis is a joy to experience! Of course I think so because my own granddaughter is a redhead so I am a tad partial.

The best part of this film is that every member of the family can enjoy the charm, humor and love that is in every part of the storyline. The animation is fun and brilliantly done, the casting takes fun to a whole other level. That’s also what makes “Hotel Transylvania 2” such a treat — the humor reaches every tickle bone and tubs every heartstring.

The Bluray includes Sing Along with Monster Scary-Oke!, Deleted Scenes, Make the Scary Silly Sounds of Hotel Transylvania 2, How to Throw the Ultimate Monster Party, How to Draw Your Favorite Characters, The New Guys: Meet Vlad, Dennis, Kakie and More!

am a fan of having an animated section to the home media library and with grandkids I’d probably be disowned if I didn’t. Get ready to add more fun, laughs and love with the Drac Pack and pick up your own Bluray copy (which by the way is stunning to look at)

of “Hotel Transylvania 2” on Tuesday from Sony Picture Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation.

In the end — they are back to raise a little terror!

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