Genndy Tartakovsky is no stranger to the types of properties that the Comic-Con crowd eats up. He's been in the animation industry for nearly two decades, but Tartakovsky is perhaps best known for his work on Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. This year, however, marks the first time the director will be at Comic-Con to promote a feature film; Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania.
Written by Peter Baynham (Borat), and Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Conan O'Brien), Hotel Transylvania reimagines Dracula as the owner of a, "five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them." The harmony of his monster-loving lodging is threatened, however, one very special weekend when a human stumbles into the hotel and falls for Dracula's daughter.
Tartakovsky and producer Michelle Murdocca will both be at Comic-Con to discuss the film, screen previously unseen footage and sign a Comic-Con only poster. Ahead of that, Movies.com and Fandango have been given four new Hotel Transylvania images to premiere: Two stills from the film, and two behind-the-scenes shots. Check them out below, plus full details for where to find the film at Comic-Con, and a few details on the other films in Sony's animation pipeline, including Popeye and Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers.
“Guests at Hotel Transylvania, including Murray the Mummy (Cee-Lo Green), Frank (Kevin James), Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and Wanda (Molly Shannon), are in for a surprise by host Dracula!”
“Overprotective dad Dracula (Adam Sandler) looks over Frankenstein’s supposed cousin Johnnystein (Andy Samberg) and Drac’s inquisitive daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez)”
Genndy Tartakovsky drawing Dracula.
Genndy Tartakovsky and Michelle Murdocca in a producer's meeting.
Culver City, CA, July 9, 2012 – Acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) and producer Michelle Murdocca (Open Season) will unveil 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 theatres on September 28, 2012, marks Tartakovsky’s theatrical directorial debut. Tartakovsky and Murdocca will discuss the animated film, take questions from the audience, and screen never-before-seen footage from the film.
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.
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s 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 – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
A 20-year veteran of animation, Tartakovsky has received an impressive 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations – 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.
Sony Pictures Animation celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012 with a robust slate of upcoming films. Following box office hits and award-winning favorites like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Smurfs and Open Season, Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania is next up in September, after which Sony Pictures Animation will welcome the July 2013 release of The Smurfs 2, the follow-up to the 2011 global sensation. Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers, a sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s popular comedy, will reach theatres worldwide in February 2014. Also now in development are Popeye; The Familiars, directed by Doug Sweetland (who previously helmed the Academy Award ® nominated Pixar short Presto) and co-directed by Fergal Reilly; Kazorn And The Unicorn, with Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) at the helm and co-directed by Troy Quane; and Pooch Café, based on Paul Gilligan’s popular, long-running comic strip.
Columbia Pictures presents a Sony Pictures Animation film, Hotel Transylvania. The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, CeeLo Green, David Spade, Molly Shannon, and Fran Drescher. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced by Michelle Murdocca. Screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel. Story by Todd Durham and Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman. Executive producers are Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Music Supervision by Liza Richardson. Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
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