Near the beginning of the movie, when the hotel guests are first seen arriving, Dracula (Adam Sandler) mentions that the hotel has been in operation since 1898. It is also shown that Mavis' mother was killed by a mob in approximately 1895 (based on a family portrait showing Mavis at around one-year-old with both of her parents). Bram Stoker's Dracula was written in 1896 and released in 1897. So this movie actually uses a chronological order following the original Dracula story, as if it were a telling of true events.
In the movie commentary, it is mentioned the town at the end with the fair is loosely based on a real town known as Sighisoara, Romania. Sighisoara is also known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the real Count Dracula and is the only inhabited citadel in Europe, outside Corsica (where all the citadels are inhabited).
(At around ten minutes) Among the decorations on the wall of Mavis' room is a poster that very clearly resembles her real-life voice actress, Selena Gomez.
(At around five minutes) The license plate on Dracula's hearse is Romanian. This is correct, as Transylvania is now part of Romania.
Typically, animated films have actors and actresses record their dialogue separately, but Tartakovsky wanted Sandler, James, Spade, and Buscemi together to record like it was live-action.
(At around one hour and twenty minutes) At the end of the movie during Mavis' birthday party, the label on the record on the turntable reads "Oh! Who said so - Sung by - Mr. Charles Penrose." This was a real pre-World War I record.
In an early version of the story, Murray was going to have a song and dance number with his sidekicks, the Mummettes.
In the beginning of the movie, during the Columbia Pictures logo, The Torch Lady turns into Mavis as a bat. You know it's Mavis not Dracula because Dracula has red eyes in bat form while Mavis has blue eyes.
On playing Eunice, Fran Drescher said, "Every time I came in to record, they always wanted me to sound a little gruffer, a little more obnoxious, a little more annoying."
Miley Cyrus was initially cast as Mavis, but got fired after buying her then boyfriend Liam Hemsworth a penis shaped cake for his birthday and being photographed licking it. The studio brass was nervous about the starlet leading a potential animated family-film franchise while shedding her Disney Channel image, so she was replaced by Selena Gomez. At the time, it was said that Cyrus had to withdrawn to focus on other projects, but she revealed the truth in 2019.
"Jonathan is pretty much based on who I was in high school", Samberg says. "Super positive in the face of adversity, even maybe when he shouldn't be."
"Dracula is just like any dad", says Sandler. "He's overprotective, controlling, manipulative, and slightly insane, but it all comes from a good place: fear of his daughter getting hurt."
Designer Carlos Grangel created the mariachi skeletons to honor and pay tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.
Dracula, The Invisible man, The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Werewolf were influenced by the monster universe set between 1930-1940 and are brought together in this film.
Andy Samberg co-wrote and performed the song "Sweet 118" in his office at Saturday Night Live (1975) while Producer Michelle Murdocca listened on the phone.
Everyone on the plane that Johnny is in wears dark clothing and Johnny is the only one with bright colors.
This movie had been in development since 2006, when Anthony Stacchi and David Feiss were set to direct the film. In 2008, Jill Culton took over the directing position, and around 2010, Christopher Jenkins, with Todd Wilderman. In February 2011, Genndy Tartakovsky took over as the sixth director to direct his feature film debut.
Although we cannot see Griffin, David Spade assures that "He's extremely handsome and has a killer body. At least, that's what he tells me."
The only film in the franchise to not feature Keegan-Michael Key, who replaced CeeLo Green as the voice of Murray after Green was arrested after the release of the first film.
Designers used Sandler's vocal performance to help shape the design of Dracula. Sandler plays Dracula as "big and broad, but he can also get really quiet and serene."
Dracula has a very strict no humans rule at his hotel. Yet, technically at least two humans are frequently there. Quasimodo is a hunchbacked human, yet also apparently loves cooking humans. Likewise, the Invisible Man is also entirely human. Being invisible did not change his species.
Murray the mummy was originally supposed to be tall, skinny, and slight, but Animator Carlos Grangel made him into a hilarious bouncy round ball a with a giant mouth and a slit for eyes.
During the closing "You're My Zing" number, Jonathan refers to Simba and Nala from The Lion King (1994). This is a rare instance of a rival animation studio making a direct reference to a Disney film.
Lovitz says, "Quasimodo is based on Julia Child... If she were an evil man... And short... With a hunchback... But still French!"
Designer Carlos Grangel, who designed Murray the mummy, did all his concept art on the back of old cereal boxes because the bright colors inspire him.
In terms of design, Tartakovsky wanted a very expressive movie. He wanted the characters to be able to go from "cartoony and funny" to "subtle and very humanistic expressions."
Traditional CG animation focuses on making everything physically realistic but Tartakovsky wanted a classic 2-D animation sensibility.
Quasimodo's pet rat is named Esmeralda, after the Gypsy heroine of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Griffin (voice by David Spade) is named for and resembles the title character in the book "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells.
David Spade's third theatrically released animated film, after The Rugrats Movie (1998) and The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (not counting Racing Stripes (2005) which is a live action film where Spade voice acted).
First animated feature for Robert Smigel. Although he did do some voice work in several television shows and television movies.
Producer Michelle Murdocca says, "Sony Pictures Animation's style is to not have a house style. We give our directors the latitude to bring with them the style of the movie they're creating."
The Visual Effects Department utilized around three hundred people, with whole departments dedicated to animating clothing, hair, or effects.
Jon Lovitz' fifth time voice acting in a theatrical film. The others being The Brave Little Toaster (1987), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), Cats & Dogs (2001), and Eight Crazy Nights (2002).
The idea was to take iconic monsters and reshape them. Director Tartakovsky says, "We had to stay true to the characters, but we wanted a fun movie with monsters, not a scary movie."
Animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut with this movie.
The designers made Murray's eyes using three overlapping spheres of different sizes.
It is a staple of classic horror films that the villagers are always armed with pitch forks and torches.
The address for the hotel is 666 Transylvania Lane, Umbre, Romania. It can be seen on the back of the itineraries that Dracula hands out to guests. "Umbre" is Romanian for "shadows."
Nerd Dracula is played by Robert Smigel, who co-wrote the screenplay for this movie.
Tartakovsky was hand-selected by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2003 to create Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) a twenty-five episode "micro series".
The photo of Dracula and his wife holding Baby Mavis is in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) next to Mavis' bed when she is pregnant, but the image is flipped.
Early in the film, Jonathan tells Dracula "don't be a grandfather". Ironically, in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), he and Mavis have a baby, which, of course, makes Dracula a grandfather.
The second Sony Animation Andy Samberg movie after _Cloudy with A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)_.
Spade became friends with Sandler during his five-year stint on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe (2013), had worked on this film creating storyboards.
The multi-headed Hydra is a monster from Greek mythology, and made an appearance in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
The technique used to create the gremlins George and Gina's sweaters using short curly hair is the same technique they used to create Arthur's sweater in Arthur Christmas (2011).
"Frank seems like a big, tough guy, but there are times when he goes to pieces", says Kevin James. "I mean literally."
According to designers, the hotel boasts one thousand two hundred fifty rooms, nine hundred fifty of which are actual guest rooms.
Grossing $169,700,110 Worldwide, this is Sony Animation's highest grossing film, and one of the studio's six films to gross over one hundred million dollars worldwide. The other five being Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) ($148,313,048), The Smurfs (2011) ($142,614,158), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) ($124,870,275), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) ($119,793,567), and The Angry Birds Movie (2016) ($107,509,366).
Transylvania is located in the central region of Romania, and is associated with vampire lore largely due to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
During one of the of the sequences in the forest, one of the trees has a spiderweb and the spider's body looks like a skull, similar to the recurring Skulltulla monsters from the The Legend of Zelda videogames.
Adam Sandler (Count Dracula) and David Spade (Griffin) have also appeared in the Waterboy saga on separate occasions Sandler was in The Waterboy (1998) and Spade was in its spin-off Joe Dirt (2001) both featured Blake Clark who had been a good friend to the late Jim Varney.
Notice Frank's light-blue skin, while some interpretations recolor Frankenstein's Monster as green, the original black-and-white movie's makeup was indeed pale blue, to give the impression in monochrome of pale and injured tissue.
There is no scientific evidence to support the notion that smelling poopie diapers can ruin your sense of smell.
The plot for this movie is similar to same plot for Monsters, Inc. (2001). Both of these films featured Steve Buscemi who collaborated with John Goodman and Billy Crystal in the aforementioned film now collaborating with David Spade and Kevin James in this film. Additionally David Spade and John Goodman appeared in The Emperor's New Groove (2000) also Billy Crystal was originally meant to have a role in Barnyard (2006) with Kevin James.
This movie was scored by Mark Mothersbaugh, who started out in the alternative rock group DEVO.
David Spade (Griffin) and Kevin James (Frankenstein) were best known for the voices of protagonists in animated films of the 2000s David Spade was in The Emperor's New Groove (2000), as Emperor Kuzco and Kevin James was in Barnyard (2006), as Otis the Cow.
Carter Goodrich designed Frankenstein to be a massive hulking guy with "huge shoes, the size of Volkswagen Beetles".
The character animation alone utilized ninety-plus animators at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Near the city of Brasov is Bran Castle which was built in 1377. The locals call it "Dracula's Castle" as it is said to be Bram Stoker's inspiration for his novel.
The animation crew worked long hours and ate a lot of snacks. It's estimated they ate over six hundred forty Twinkies over the course of production.
Genndy Tartakovsky continued his success with the popular Samurai Jack (2001) and as an animation director for The Powerpuff Girls (1998).
They made Dracula big and broad on top, but with skinny little legs and tiny feet making him a "seven-foot guy with a commanding presence."
Quasimodo is the hunchbacked Frenchman famed for ringing bells and hiding out in Notre Dame cathedrals.
"We can have a character zip on or off camera, do a crazy scramble and defy gravity", all traditionally no-no's in CG animation.
Hotel Transylvania is known the world over as a lavish five-stake resort and the world's foremost safest vacation spot for monsters of every sort.
Dracula is the indisputable leader of monsters and ironically his strength, dominance, charisma, and over-controlling nature make him an excellent hotel manager.
The population of Transylvania is approximately five million Germans and Hungarians.
Murray is a former entertainer to the great Pharaohs of Egypt and lives most of the year deep inside an Egyptian tomb.
Tartakovsky and Sandler wanted to redefine Dracula for a new generation. A kinder, gentler Prince of Darkness.
Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman co-wrote the story for this movie and co-wrote the screenplay for The Lego Movie (2014).
Samberg also worked with Adam Sandler on That's My Boy (2012) and Grown Ups 2 (2013).
The only film of the franchise to not feature Mel Brooks or Jessica Gee George who later appeared in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and later on as Vlad and an additional voice.
Dracula is drawn as a dead ringer for Bela Lugosi complete with his blue eyes but the voice doesn't sound like his trademark Hungarian accent or cadenced speech pattern in the least.
It is unclear whether the Lugosi estate agreed to Dracula being fashioned upon the image of Bela Lugosi, but since there have been no public objections and Bela Lugosi Jr. being the attorney who objected to Universal using his father's likeness in their merchandising and won the lawsuit, it is understood that the estate got paid for using Bela Lugosis likeness.
Running Gags include: Dracula roaring in a jarringly unearthly manner and turning red whenever he's upset. The mispronunciation of Hawaii. Anybody doing an impression of Dracula always says "blah bluh blah", though Dracula himself claims he never says that. Dracula: I do not say "blah bluh blah!"
Jonathan himself appears to be named after Jonathan Harker from Bram Stoker's novel.
The chase scene with the flying tables is a reference to the space battles in the Star Wars movies, possibly a director allusion, as Genndy Tartakovsky directed the original Clone Wars miniseries.
The cave entrance Mavis took Jonathan to is shaped like the mask of a certain opera ghost in Paris.
"Wayne and Wanda" are a singing duo from The Muppet Show, fairly prominent in the first season but only appearing occasionally since then.
The only Hotel Transylvania film to not have any characters voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley.
Sony Animation's third fully animated film to not be accompanied by a short film after Open Season (2006) and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012).
In 1898, Dracula opened Hotel Transylvania, a stylish sanctuary for monsters guaranteed one hundred percent human-free or your money back.
Peter Baynham also co-wrote and Executively Produced Sony Pictures/Aardman Animation's Arthur Christmas (2011).
Tartakovsky also conceptualized and storyboarded the final action sequence for Iron Man 2 (2010).
The microphone from Mavis' party is the same one seen in The Chubbchubbs! (2002); the Oscar-winning short that launched Sony Pictures Animation.
The Wolf Man and his wife are named Wayne and Wanda. Coincidentally, these are also the names of a singing duo who appeared in the first season of The Muppet Show (1976). CeeLo Green (voice of the Mummy) recorded a Christmas song and accompanying video with the Muppets the same year that this movie was released.
Starting with this film Adam Sandler (Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), David Spade (Griffin), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Chris Parnell (Additional Voices), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Molly Shannon (Wanda), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Cam Clarke (Additional Voices), Corey Burton (Additional Voices), Tom Kenny (Additional Voices), Bill Farmer (Additional Voices), Sean P Mullen (Additional Voices), Cody Cameron (Additional Voices), Carlos Alazraqui (Additional Voices), Phil Proctor (Additional Voices), Jim Ward (Additional Voices), Fred Tatasciore (Additional Voices), and Frank Welker (Animal Vocals) will appear in every film of the franchise.
The Fly (1958) starring Vincent Price is the story of a scientist who accidentally splices his genes with a common house fly leaving him part man and part fly.
The Venus Fly Trap is a carnivorous plant that traps insects in what is called a "leaf-blade". Once trapped, the plant slowly digests the insect.
Robert Smigel is also famous for his work on Saturday Night Live (1975) and Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), where he voiced Triumph the Comic Insult Dog.
Mark Mothersbaugh also appeared as the art teacher on the hit series Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007).
Despite the "No Humans Allowed" rule, Quasimodo is keen on getting humans back on the menu.
The story revolves around a human making it into the monster world where humans are feared as the monsters. Hilarity ensues when an important member is forced to disguise the human as a monster as well to avoid mass panic.note
Wayne's daughter is named Winnie, though their personalities are opposites whereas here, this Winnie is is mostly a sweetheart, whilst that Winnie is an aggressive, reckless tomboy. Though there's still a more famous Winnie who's a more positive role model in a children's show.
Kevin James (Frankenstiein) has appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Grown Ups (2010), Zookeeper (2011), Grown Ups 2 (2013), and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015).
Shannon spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live (1975), and is known for Superstar (1999), Mary Katherine Gallagher, and the hilarious Sally O'Malley.
Adam Sandler joined Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1990 and subsequently broke into feature films.
Molly Shannon voices Wanda, Wayne's wife and kindly mother to a small army of crazy wolf pups.
Andy Samberg recently completed his final season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Selena Gomez has also released three albums, as well as her own fashion line and fragrance.