Visionary animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been a creative force behind such popular series as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Last fall, Tartakovsky also made a successful foray into animated feature films with the box office-and-family-friendly horror hit, Hotel Transylvania. With his pedigree of small-screen series and recent experience with a full-length animated production, it seems the time is ripe for a conclusion to one of Tartakovsky’s most unique and iconic creations. Hit the jump to find out where it stands. Hollywood! Adapt this: Samurai Jack.
I spent today in the Indigo Ballroom, which I believe is the third biggest room at Comic-Con. It was at about half capacity all day until the 3:00 panel for Hotel Transylvania. I guess the monsters in the movie are technically geek-friendly, but I don’t think a kids movie like this would fill up the room if it weren’t for one man: Genndy Tartakovsky. Tartakovsky earned respect the creator of such fine animated series as Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars—sure enough, most of the fans focused on those properties during the Q&A session, paying particular attention to a Samurai Jack movie. Yet Tartakovsky’s unique style was on full display in the copious footage they showed from Hotel Transylvania, which as a result looks very funny. Hit the jump for a recap of the panel.
This week, Collider was invited to participate in an early footage preview for the Sony Pictures Animation film Hotel Transylvania, opening in theaters on September 28th. Set in Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish resort where monsters and their families can be free to be who they are without humans to bother them, the story follows his beloved daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), who longs to explore the world on her 118th birthday. But, things are drastically shaken up when a human guy (Andy Samberg) stumbles into the hotel and takes an immediate shine to Mavis.
After getting to see a series of scenes from the film, which looks to be both funny and heartfelt, and showcased some of the wacky and wild legendary monsters featured in it, we got the opportunity to speak with director Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory) for this exclusive interview about the biggest challenges in making a family film about horror movie monsters, how much thought was put into bringing the film’s heroine to life, how much freedom he had for this interpretation of Dracula, working with Adam Sandler (who’s also the executive producer), what this experience taught him that he’ll be able to use for future projects, and dealing with the 3D aspect of it all. He also talked about his desire to stay in feature films, what it would take for a Samurai Jack movie to get made, and what he loves about animated storytelling. Check out what he had to say after the jump.