Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
Produced by Michelle Murdocca
Written by
Based on Characters created
by Todd Durham[2]
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing[3]
Release date
  • July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $65 million[4]

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (known internationally as Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation)[5] is an upcoming 2018 American 3D computer-animated horror comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the third installment in the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the sequel to Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). The film will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and co-written with Michael McCullers, and feature the reprised roles of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher and Mel Brooks. The new additions to the cast include Kathryn Hahn and Jim Gaffigan, it is scheduled to be released on July 13, 2018.[citation needed]


Taking place 6 years after the events of the previous film, the story centers on Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and the rest of their family, both human and monster, and friends as they take a vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, where Dracula suddenly becomes attracted to the ship's mysterious captain, Erika, who is secretly the great grandaughter of Abraham Van Helsing, the notorious monster slayer and Dracula's ancient archenemy.[6] Now it is time for Mavis to be the leader of the "Drac Pack" and rally everyone up so they can stop Erika, before it's too late.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Adam Sandler as Count Dracula: The 545-year-old lord of the vampires and founder of Hotel Transylvania. Dracula is the son of Vlad, father of Mavis, father-in-law of Johnny, and maternal grandfather of Dennis.
  • Andy Samberg as Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran: A 34-year-old human, who is Mavis's husband and Dennis' father.[7]
  • Selena Gomez as Mavis: The 131-year-old daughter of Dracula and the late Martha, and the granddaughter of Vlad. She is the wife of Johnny, and the couple have a child named Dennis.
  • Kevin James as Frankenstein[8]: The monster famously created from reanimated dead tissue, by Dr. Frankenstein. His friends call him "Frank".
  • David Spade as Griffin / the Invisible Man[8]
  • Steve Buscemi as Wayne: A werewolf, who's overwhelmed by his large number of children.[8]
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Murray: An ancient mummy.[8]
  • Molly Shannon as Wanda: Wayne's werewolf wife.[8]
  • Fran Drescher as Eunice: Frankenstein's wife.[8]
  • Kathryn Hahn as Erika Van Helsing: The ship's captain and cruise director, who becomes Dracula's love interest.
  • Jim Gaffigan as Abraham Van Helsing: Ericka's great-grandfather who is a legendary monster hunter and Dracula's archenemy.
  • Mel Brooks as Vlad: An ancient, more experienced and traditional vampire, who is Dracula's father, the grandfather of Mavis, the grandfather-in-law of Johnny, and the great-grandfather of Dennis.
  • Asher Blinkoff as Dennis Loughran: Mavis and Johnny's 11-year-old son who is a human/vampire hybrid, inheriting a combination of traits from his parents. He has a crush on his best friend, Winnie.
  • Sadie Sandler as Winnie: The werewolf daughter of Wayne and Wanda. Winnie is best friends with Dennis and has a not-so-secret crush on him.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky as Blobby: A green blob monster.[9] He was previously voiced by Jonny Solomon in Hotel Transylvania 2.


In September 2015, Michelle Murdocca, the film's producer, said before the second film's release that the studio was "talking about number 3 and moving forward and taking the franchise to the next level", but she and director Genndy Tartakovsky would not return, since they were working on Tartakovsky's Can You Imagine?[10] before that project was later shelved.[11] That same month, Tartakovsky revealed that he would not be returning for the sequel, telling TheWrap that "two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas, and I kind of have to express them and have them come out."[12] In November 2015, Sony Pictures Animation announced that the third film, under the tentative title of Hotel Transylvania 3, will be released on September 21, 2018.[13]

Despite previously leaving the series to develop other projects, Tartakovsky later confirmed that he would return as the director for this installment.[7][10] Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg would also reprise their previous roles as Dracula, Mavis, and Johnny in the film, which was being written by Austin Powers writer Michael McCullers.[7] In June 2016, Sony Pictures Animation also confirmed that director Tartakovsky would be returning for the third film, after taking a leave of absence to work on the final season of his show Samurai Jack.[14] According to Tartakovsky, he returned after he got an inspiration from a "miserable" family vacation and major inspiration for the film from the Chevy Chase National Lampoon's Vacation movies as the film would take place aboard a cruise ship.[15][16][17] By early November 2017, the film had been entitled as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.[18]


Mark Mothersbaugh is set to score the third film, since he previously scored the first two movies.


Summer Vacation was originally scheduled for a September 21, 2018 release.[19] However, on February 6, 2017, it was moved two months earlier to July 13, 2018, switching over to Goosebumps: Horror Land.[20]


The first teaser trailer was released online on November 16, 2017 and was later released in theaters before screenings of The Star the next day,[21][22] the official trailer for the film was released online via YouTube on March 21, 2018 and is set to release in theaters alongside screenings of Paramount's computer-animated comedy film Sherlock Gnomes on March 23, 2018.[23]


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  4. ^ Pressburg, Matt (July 17, 2017). "Why Sony, LStar Movie Finance Deal Fell Apart: Flops, 'Ghostbusters' and Feet on Desk (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Sony Pictures Entertainment (November 16, 2017). HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A Monster Vacation – International Trailer #1 (Trailer). YouTube. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ Moore, Debi (18 January 2017). "Synopsis and More Details on Hotel Transylvania 3 - Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
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  11. ^ Wills, Scott (July 8, 2017). "Story pitch art for a Genndy Tartakovsky feature that didn't get made. Characters designed by Craig Kellman". Instagram. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (September 29, 2015). "'Hotel Transylvania 2' Director Confirms He Won't Return for Third Movie: 'Two is Enough'". TheWrap. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ Lesnick, Silas (November 2, 2015). "Hotel Transylvania 3 Opens Its Doors in 2018!". Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (June 20, 2016). "Sony Unveils Plans for Animated 'Spider-Man' and 'Emojimovie: Express Yourself'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  15. ^ Grobar, Matt (January 18, 2017). "Sony Pictures Animation Details Upcoming Slate, Including Julia Roberts' 'Smurfs' Role". Deadline. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  16. ^ Mendelson, Scott (January 19, 2017). "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils 'Spider-Man,' 'Hotel Transylvania 3,' 'Smurfs' And More". Forbes. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  17. ^ Drum, Nicole (October 5, 2017). "'Hotel Transylvania 3' Reveals First-Look Photo". ComicBook. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  19. ^ Lesnick, Silas (November 2, 2015). "Hotel Transylvania 3 Opens Its Doors in 2018!". Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Sony Pictures 2018 Schedule Shifts Hotel Transylvania, Bad Boys, Goosebumps and More". February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Drac Goes Hawaiian for New 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Poster; Trailer Tomorrow - Bloody Disgusting". November 15, 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION - Official Trailer (HD)". YouTube. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  23. ^ "HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION - Official Trailer #2 (HD)". YouTube. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 

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