As the San Diego Comic-Con 2012 rapidly approaches (Thursday, July 12, 2012 - Sunday, July 15, 2012), attendees now have one more reason to be excited - "Hotel Transylvania" will be screening brand-new footage at this year's convention.
Acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) and producer Michelle Murdocca (Open Season, Stuart Little, Air Force One) will unveil brand new, never-before-seen footage from the highly-anticipated animated comedy, "Hotel Transylvania," during a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA on Thursday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
Hotel Transylvania, which arrives in theaters on September 28, 2012, marks Tartakovsky's theatrical directorial debut. In addition to screening the new footage of the film, Tartakovsky and Murdocca will discuss the animated film and take questions from the audience. Following the panel, Tartakovsky will be signing a limited edition "Hotel Transylvania" poster created exclusively for Comic-Con fans at the Sony booth #4229 at 4:00PM.
The film, which looks tremendously promising, features Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Andy Sandberg, and the lovely Selena Gomez welcomes viewers to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends â" Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his wife, the Mummy, (Cee Lo Green) the Invisible Man (David Spade), the Werewolf family, and more â" to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For 'Drac,' catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem â" but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy (Andy Samberg) stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis (Selena Gomez).
"Hotel Transylvania" looks like it could be the next classic animated film. Following the tremendous success of "Brave" this summer, the film has some monstrous shoes to fill, but with its star-studded cast and refreshingly original plot, it looks like it will rise to the challenge. The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Molly Shannon, and Fran Drescher.
A 20-year veteran of animation, Tartakovsky has received an impressive 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations â" winning three times -- for work on the series Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack, both for Cartoon Network. A recipient of the prestigious Winsor McCay Award, Tartakovsky's creative leadership helped shape the direction and the rise to national prominence of the Cartoon Network, where he developed four hit animated series between 1994 and 2010: Dexter's Laboratory; Samurai Jack; Star Wars: Clone Wars; and Sym-Biotic Titan. Tartakovsky served as a producer and director on Cartoon Network's Emmy Award-winning series The Powerpuff Girls and as an animation director for The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie. He is also co-creator of the Network's Dial M For Monkey and Justice Friends.