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).
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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 cast as Mavis, but she withdrew to focus on other projects, so she was replaced by Selena Gomez.
"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, 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.
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.
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.
Designer Carlos Grangel created the mariachi skeletons to honor and pay tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.
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."
"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."
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."
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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".
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.
Griffin (voice by David Spade) is named for and resembles the title character in the book "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells.
Lovitz says, "Quasimodo is based on Julia Child... If she were an evil man... And short... With a hunchback... But still French!"
First animated feature for Robert Smigel. Although he did do some voice work in several television shows and television movies.
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).
Wayne and Wanda have no idea how many boy pups they have. Winnie is their only girl.
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 designers made Murray's eyes using three overlapping spheres of different sizes.
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."
The Visual Effects Department utilized around three hundred people, with whole departments dedicated to animating clothing, hair, or effects.
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."
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 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.
It is a staple of classic horror films that the villagers are always armed with pitch forks and torches.
Animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut with this movie.
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."
Spade became friends with Sandler during his five-year stint on Saturday Night Live (1975).
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 second Sony Animation Andy Samberg movie after _Cloudy with A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)_.
Drac's robes are similar to Demongo's, a villain in Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack (2001).
Though Adam Sandler stars and co-Executive Produces this movie, it isn't associated with his Happy Madison production company.
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).
Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe (2013), had worked on this film creating storyboards.
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.
"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.
Transylvania is located in the central region of Romania, and is associated with vampire lore largely due to Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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).
The multi-headed Hydra is a monster from Greek mythology, and made an appearance in Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
Adam Sandler (Count Dracula) and David Spade (Griffin) have also appeared in the Waterboy saga on separate occasions Sandler was in The Waterboy (1997) 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.
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.
Genndy Tartakovsky continued his success with the popular Samurai Jack (2001) and as an animation director for The Powerpuff Girls (1998).
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.
Tartakovsky and Sandler wanted to redefine Dracula for a new generation. A kinder, gentler Prince of Darkness.
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.
There is no scientific evidence to support the notion that smelling poopie diapers can ruin your sense of smell.
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.
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.
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."
Murray is a former entertainer to the great Pharaohs of Egypt and lives most of the year deep inside an Egyptian tomb.
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.
Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman co-wrote the story for this movie and co-wrote the screenplay for The Lego Movie (2014).
This movie was scored by Mark Mothersbaugh, who started out in the alternative rock group DEVO.
Samberg also worked with Adam Sandler on That's My Boy (2012) and Grown Ups 2 (2013).
The population of Transylvania is approximately five million Germans and Hungarians.
The only film in the Franchise to not release the same year as a Jurassic World film. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) released the same year as Jurassic World (2015), and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) released the same year as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
A commercial airliner travels anywhere from five hundred to seven hundred miles per hour (eight hundred to eleven hundred kilometers per hour).
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).
Fran Drescher is remembered for her portrayal as the lovable, beautiful, and sexy Miss Fine on the hit show The Nanny (1993).
Tartakovsky also conceptualized and storyboarded the final action sequence for Iron Man 2 (2010).
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 microphone from Mavis' party is the same one seen in The Chubbchubbs! (2002); the Oscar-winning short that launched Sony Pictures Animation.
Adam Sandler (Dracula) was born in Brooklyn, New York and started doing stand-up comedy at the age of seventeen.
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.
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.
Hostess, the company that makes Twinkies, went out of business in 2012, and then came back in 2016.
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).
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.
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.
Charity and giving back have always been important to Selena Gomez, and she is a proud UNICEF Ambassador.
Adam Sandler joined Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1990 and subsequently broke into feature films.
Shannon spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live (1975), and is known for Superstar (1999), Mary Katherine Gallagher, and the hilarious Sally O'Malley.
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).
The romantic teen vampire genre took off with Twilight (2008), based on the book by Stephanie Meyer.
Gomez's career took off in 2007 with the success of the Disney Channel hit show Wizards of Waverly Place (2007).
Selena Gomez has also released three albums, as well as her own fashion line and fragrance.