As animated films continue to dominate the box office, more directors are introducing a range of genres and characters to this limitless playground. Films that confide to the grim, grotesque, and ghoulish are high in attendance.
It used to be that Tim Burton and Henry Selick were the obvious candidates for creating brilliantly grim animations for Hollywood, but now up-n-coming directors are stepping up to the challenge. Although incredibly different from a Burton or Selick feature, Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania is the most recent addition to this genre.
Released on September 28th of this year, Hotel Transylvaniahas a very different atmosphere than other films humanizing horror with animation. Rather than relying on the more grim and undesirable character attributes that heavily define Burton’s career, the director of Hotel Transylvania, Genndy Tartakovsky, is known for his more cartoonish styled animations, which rely on movement and a different form of weirdness.
Tartakovsky is a man of my generation. He is responsible for creating The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2004),Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003) and Samurai Jack (2001-2004). With his sturdy resume in the animation, direction, producing, and writing departments it comes as no surprise that Hotel Transylvania was not a let down… (click title above to continue reading)