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After the death of his wife, Count Dracula brought his young daughter Mavis into the jungle to live away from the human world, where he also built a huge hotel called "Hotel Transylvania "only for demons and monsters. Here he lived with his daughter and never let her out because he was haunted by the death of his wife.

Later, when Dracula held the 118th birthday party for her daughter, Mavis, his daughter, asked her father to go out. Because he wanted his daughter to be safe and never thought of going out and contacting the human world, Dracula created a fake village of zombies pretending to be the people. The zombies frightened Mavis and decided to return to the hotel.

However, while the zombies returned to the hotel, Jonathan was a man who saw and was able to visit the Transylvania hotel. Here, Mavis and Jonathan meet and they both fall in love. When he learned of this, Count Dracula was very upset, but because of his daughter, he kept it hidden. Since everyone in the hotel knew there were humans infiltrating them, they were furious and assumed that Dracula was a liar. Jonathan was forced to leave the hotel. Dracula saw her daughter sad so she joined Frankenstein, Griffin, Murray and Wayne into the city to look for Jonathan. Finally, the love between Mavis and Jonathan was recognized, and everyone congratulated the couple, including the fastidious Count Dracula.

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Count "Drac" Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler in the first three films, Brock Powell in Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard, David Berni in the TV series' first season, Ivan Sherry in the TV series' second season, Brian Hull in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania) is based on the Count Dracula of lore. Although he is a Romanian-accented misanthropic vampire, he has no cravings for human blood, saying that he drinks a blood substitute and "you can't tell the difference". He also dislikes people implying he says "Bleh bleh bleh" all the time, as he only ever says it to state that he doesn't say it. In the third movie Drac is ranting and says "blah, blah, blah..." much to the astonishment of the guests who believe he has finally intentionally said "Bleh bleh bleh".

Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran (voiced by Andy Samberg in the films, Brian T. Stevenson in Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard) is one of the main characters in the series. He is the first human inside Hotel Transylvania and falls in love with Count Dracula's daughter, Mavis. He always carries his backpack and shows a strong connection with it. By the end of the first movie he has already integrated into the hotel and is accepted by the clientele. He is portrayed as a good-natured and easy-going slacker.

Mavis Dracula (voiced by Selena Gomez as an adult in the films, Sadie Sandler as a child in the first film, Melissa Sturm in Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard, Bryn McAuley in the TV series) is the only daughter of Count Dracula and Martha, born in 1894. She is the wife of Johnny and the mother of young Dennis. She is shown to be more open to the human world than her father, as she knows how to use technology (cell phone, video chat, email) and is excited to see the world outside Hotel Transylvania and speaks with a New York accent.


Although its premise is much better than the execution, this movie is just palatable enough to tolerate for parents. Little kids too young for the genuine spookiness of Monster House and ParaNorman will particularly enjoy how harmless the monsters are (save for Dracula's occasional rage face) and how sweet the relationship is between Dracula and his daddy's girl, Mavis. Gomez is well-cast as a naive adolescent daughter who just wants a chance to discover the world beyond the hotel, and Samberg is like a young Sandler as the bumbling-but-sweet human who ends up stealing not only Mavis' heart but befriending an entire circle of monster pals.

That's not to say that there aren't some issues with Hotel Transylvania; a Pixar masterpiece it's not. The word "zing" (as in the romantic spark between couples) quickly becomes tedious, as do some of the repetitive jokes about the werewolf cubs' poop and the Bride of Frankenstein's hen-pecking (she's voiced by Fran Drescher, of course). But despite the tiny missteps, kids -- and they, after all, are the movie's target audience -- will relate to Mavis, laugh at Dracula and his friends, and be completely invested in this monster mash of an animated comedy.