Western Animation: Hotel Transylvania
Even monsters need a vacation.Hotel Transylvania
is a computer-animated 3D
comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation for Columbia Pictures
. It's the feature film debut of Genndy Tartakovsky
, best known for his work on Cartoon Network
's Samurai Jack
, Dexter's Laboratory
, Star Wars: Clone Wars
and Sym-Bionic Titan
. It also stars Adam Sandler
, Selena Gomez
, Andy Samberg
, and many other Celebrity Voice Actors
The film is set in Hotel Transylvania
, a five-star resort where the world's monsters can get away from the humans who hate them
and rest in peace. The hotel is owned by none other than Dracula
, and on the 118th birthday
of his daughter Mavis
, he invites some of the most famous monsters
to celebrate. However, they receive an unexpected visitor; Jonathan
, an ordinary young human who quickly falls for Mavis
It was released in the US on September 28, 2012. View the trailer here
A sequel is currently in the works, set for release September 25, 2015.
Hotel Transylvania provides examples of:
- 3-D Movie
- Accidental Pervert: Jonathan puts his hand through a female skeleton's rib cage, much to her indignation. Later, Dracula and Jonathan walk in on the same female skeleton in the shower and two fleas on their honeymoon.
- Adaptational Villainy: Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a hideous but nice character whose very point was to avert Beauty Equals Goodness; He certainly wasn't the French Jerk Humanitarian portrayed in this movie.
- Adorkable: Jonathan.
- Adults Are Useless: In the game. Dracula could have easily stopped Quasimodo had he given Mavis any chance to explain what happened.
- Aerith and Bob: Mavis is a real name but a very old, uncommon one. Considering her age, however, it's perfectly understandable.
- Airplane Arms: Dracula runs with his arms extended behind him.
- Alliterative Family: The werewolves all have names that start with the letter W. Besides Wayne and Wanda, three of their pups are named Wilbur, Wally, and Winnie.
- All There in the Manual: The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania. Buy it, read it, be amazed.
- Ambiguously Gay: Griffin greets Dracula by pinching his butt and then calling him irresistible. Hmm...
- In one of the video games, he actually calls Dracula handsome.
- Animated Armor: The hotel guards.
- Anthropomorphic Food: The "scream cheese", which is basically cream cheese that screams.
- Armor-Piercing Question: After Dracula tells Jonathan the reason for him being an Over Protective Dad, Jonathan suggests humans today might accept the monsters. Dracula then asks him if it's a guarantee that everyone will instantly accept them, to which Jonathan has no answer. The answer ends up being yes.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Dracula tells a scary story to little Mavis about a human who hunts down a group of monsters and burns their clothes, bites their toes and... takes their candy. Of course, being a small child at the time, Mavis thinks candy-stealing is the scariest thing ever.
Little Mavis: Don't take my candy!
- Art Shift: The credits are done in the same thick-line animation as Dexter's Laboratory and Genndy Tartakovsky's other previous works.
- The version of the story Jonathan tells of Martha's death after seeing a painting of her.
- And the drawings in the book Martha made for Mavis.
- Badass Driver: Griffin does the driving during the race for your love sequence.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Wayne and Wanda, a suburban werewolf couple.
- Bat out of Hell: Dracula, of course. Mavis turns into a rather adorable one.
Dracula: Don't give me the pouty bat face.
- Batman in My Basement: Inverted. Dracula has to keep the fact that Jonathan is human a secret from the other monsters.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In-universe, Drac is embarrassed at how twisted humans presented the image of vampires into. We equate vampires as being blood-thirsty and saying "Blah bleh blah!" to which he states he had never said anything like that in his centuries-long life and has no idea where that even came from. He then sees Twilight.
Dracula: This is how we're represented. Unbelievable.
- Bedsheet Ghost: The table cloths in the ballroom, and they can make the tables fly.
- Beehive Hairdo: Eunice, complete with skunk stripe.
- Jonathan's hair in his "Johnnystein" disguise.
- Big Fun: Murray the Mummy.
- Blatant Lies:
"I didn't do that."
- Blithe Spirit: Jonathan is this for the hotel. Doubles as manic pixie dream guy for Mavis, and even manages to loosen up Dracula.
- Bound and Gagged: Well, gagged in the case of the shrunken head hanging on Mavis’s door.
- Johnny, once Quasimodo gets ahold of him, with intent to make him the main dish for the party.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: Jonathan and Mavis; boy meets vampire. A bit of an unusual case, because Mavis has no idea Jonathan is human for most of the movie.
- Break Her Heart To Save Her: Dracula convinces Jonathan his relationship with Mavis would never work out and could even put her life at risk. When she finds out Jonathan's human and still wants to be with him, he rejects her.
- Brick Joke:
One of the questions asked to Dracula Jonathan:
If I stuck my hand in the Invisible Man
's mouth, would it disappear? Later, every monster is at the front desk asking for a refund after they learned there was a human at the hotel Griffin:
He put his hand in my mouth to see if it would disappear!
- The Cameo: Thing from The Addams Family (because how many other anthropomorphic hands do you know of?) can be seen very briefly riding Johnny's scooter.
- Catch Phrase: Mavis: "Holy Rabies!"
- Gremlin: "I didn't do that."
- Chekhov's Gag: Jonathan's smelly old shirt.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Winnie.
- Classical Movie Vampire: Dracula, obviously.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Jonathan to a degree.
- Control Freak: Dracula, as lampshaded by his friends, who like to mix it up. A typical example, Dracula thinks that one can only have fun if it's properly scheduled and executed.
- This could count as Fridge Brilliance, because classical vampires had OCD as one of their weaknesses.
- Cool Loser: Jonathan.
- Covers Always Lie: The poster features The Invisible Man wearing clothes, but he doesn't wear anything but his glasses throughout the film. Presumably it's to make it more obvious to the audience that there's an Invisible Man there.
- Well, he does wear swim trunks during the pool scene. And gets really embarrassed when they're pulled down.
- Crash-Into Hello: Jonathan and Mavis meet when he crashes into her on an out-of-control flying witch's broomstick.
- Mavis's parents also met the same way, colliding as bats.
- Creative Closing Credits: In two parts. First, all the characters are animated in 2D style and the rest of the credits are concept art for the backgrounds.
- Cute Monster Girl: Mavis. If it weren't for her cute little fangs, she'd look like just another perky goth.
- Daddy's Girl: Mavis for Dracula, lampshaded by the song he sings to her as a child. Now, since she wants to leave home so much, she seems to have grown out of that phase.
- Wayne's only daughter, Winnie, is the only one of his children to actually respect him.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Probably one of the most blatant examples ever put on the screen, as it's apparent that monsters don't go out looking for trouble with humans, and are kind of freaked out by them. Except the Evil Chef, whose first impulse is to cook the human intruder.
- Dance Party Ending
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Dracula doesn't approve of Mavis being with Jonathan, for obvious reasons. However, Jonathan is disguised as a monster when their romance starts, so Mavis doesn't know he's human at the time.
- The Dead Can Dance: And they sing too, with auto tune used in their songs.
- Dead Weight: Murray. He may be big fun, but he's a fat mummy, so he counts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dracula. Griffin gets quite a few zingers as well.
- Defensive "What?": During the Race for Your Love climax, Wayne clears a line of sheep off the road by eating them up in two seconds flat. As the others look at him horrified, he says "What? Now there's no sheep on the road."
- Digging Yourself Deeper: In the spa scene, Dracula by first saying Mavis shouldn't be with "Johnnystein" because of his kind, which is after disguising Jonathan and claiming him to be Frank's third cousin of his right hand. Frank naturally gets offended so Dracula backs himself up by saying that he has red hair, which Griffin gets mad. After a couple of scenes with Johnnystein and Mavis on the roof, we cut back to the spa where Wayne and Murray are now mad at Dracula.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Dracula explains the whole purpose of the hotel to which Jonathan sums it up in one sentence to Dracula's displeasure:
Dracula: It’s a place I built for all those monsters out there lurking in the shadows, hiding from the persecution of humankind. A place for them and their family to come and be themselves, a place void of torches, pitchforks and angry mobs! A place of peace, relaxation, and tranquility . . .
Jonathan: Cool, so it like a hotel for monsters?
Dracula: Yes, exactly, a hotel for monsters. Way to sum it up.
- During a scene when Dracula and Jonathan are doing an impression of Wayne, Drac explicitly tells Jonathan that it's less funny if he explains the jokes.
- Don't Go in the Woods: Jonathan hears a story about a "spooky forest" and decides to check it out.
Jonathan: Who's not gonna go into a spooky forest, right?
- Dracula Test: This scene
Frankie: There's the real Dracula!
Resident: Prove it!
Resident: Alright, continue.
- Drool Hello: During the prologue, while Dracula is overseeing the plans for the hotel, a blob of saliva splatters on the blueprints. It comes from young Mavis playing on the ceiling.
- Dysfunctional Family: Wayne, Wanda, and all their chaotic little werewolf offspring.
Wayne: Hey, kids! Reel it in! You're only supposed to make Mom and Dad miserable!
- Easily Forgiven: Even though he broke her heart, Mavis easily forgives Jonathan when he explains why. Probably by shifting her anger to her father for basically threatening to kill Jonathan if he didn't. Which was also easily forgiven because she knows how much of a control freak he can be.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Dracula employs them as bellhops and such. There's also zombiefied Beethoven, Bach and Mozart!
- Evil Chef: Quasimodo.
- Explosive Breeder: Wayne has dozens of children. And his wife is pregnant again.
- Expressive Accessory: The collar on Dracula's cape points up or curves down to match his moods.
- Griffin’s glasses are quite expressive.
- Expressive Ears: Mavis has these in her bat form.
- Extreme Omnivore: The gremlins.
- Eye Glasses: Griffin has expressive frames. His eyes are invisible, just like the rest of him.
- Eye Scream: Dracula considers Jonathan's attempt to remove his contacts to be this.
- Face Palm: Dracula does this when one of the zombies in human disguise impales another disguised zombie in the head.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted with Jonathan.
- Flashback Cut: This happens when Jonathan tells Dracula how he found the hotel.
- The Fool: Jonathan. He seems to be fine with taking a picture of a couple that's crying, adventuring through a "spooky forest", and following a trail of zombies on fire to an "awesome castle". He is also seemingly completely unafraid of Dracula though this is because he thinks the hotel is having a costume party when he first shows up.
- And Jonathan is freaked out at first when he learns that all the monsters are real, plus Dracula is the real deal and not just a man in a costume and that Mavis is his daughter.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: At one point, Dracula and friends go out in public during the local Monster Festival. Eventually the humans realize they're the real deal, but everyone's starstruck instead of scared.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Frank and his wife, Eunice. Jonathan is disguised as one.
- French Cuisine Is Haughty: Quasimodo, the chef at the hotel, is French.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Dracula and Mavis.
- Freudian Slip: Mavis has one when her father asks if she has fallen for Johnny, stating he was "adorable". It is at this moment that Dracula realizes she is in love with Johnny.
- Funny Background Event: Jonathan and the suit of armor fighting in Mavis' bedroom.
- Game Face: Dracula busts out the fangs and wide mouth, complete with ominous red background, whenever he gets comically upset.
- Gender Bender: Mr. Hydraberg, Dracula's six-headed client, has five male heads and one female head (who loudly objects being singularly called "mister.")
- Gentle Giant: Frank.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Quite a few.
- A witch uses a sponge to clean up a puddle in the lobby. Said sponge has a face with eyeballs and a mouth, and it makes happy noises as it absorbs a puddle of werewolf urine. Yes, a urophiliac sponge, in a kid's movie.
- See Accidental Pervert. If that lady wasn't a skeleton, those scenes wouldn't have made it into the movie.
- Jonathan asks Mavis if she's naked while she's in her bat form. In front of her dad, no less!
- Two bed bugs, who only appear as small black specs on-screen, have reserved a regular-sized honeymoon suite that Drac and Jonathan accidentally stumble into and apologetically leave.
- During the scene at the pool, Wayne pulls down Griffin's swimming trunks and blames it on his kids; Griffin gets completely embarrassed and says the pool water was cold when he got in before running off. If he wasn't invisible that scene would've been altered.
- There's also him powdering his butt later on, which ends up being one of the most suggestive things done by a guy who spends the entire movie virtually naked.
- Being invisible, though it causes him much strife, allows Griffin to get away with doing things no PG-rated movie would allow, actually. In fact, he’s a living, walking getting crap past the radar!
- Dracula mentions people going "bat-poop" if they find out about Jonathan.
- Gonna Need More Trope: When the toilet is clogged by Bigfoot, you can see the Zombie look at his plunger and makes a face that pretty much states "I am going to need a bigger plunger".
- Gory Discretion Shot: Wayne eats an entire flock of sheep by himself in mere seconds. We only see the shocked looks on his friends' faces.
Murray: That was pretty sick, man.
Wayne: You eat lamb chops, it's the same thing!
- GPS Evidence: Wolfman's daughter can tell a lot about something by sniffing their sweaty shirt. Like when they got into a car, where that car was going, which plane they're planning to board, and which airline meal they're ordering fifteen minutes before they're even going to order it.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: Jonathan does this at Mavis's birthday party by somehow getting fireflies to form the shapes of exotic places she wants to visit.
- Hammerspace: Where Drac pulls out Jonathan from after crashing into Mavy's room through the window.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wayne and Wanda's werewolf pups.
- Hartman Hips: Mavis' sweater dress shows off hers quite well. The female mummy at the hotel and the human woman dressed up at the Monster Festival sport these, as well.
- Hate Sink: Quasimodo's role in a nutshell.
- Haunted Castle: The hotel itself.
- Hell Hotel: Subverted in the case of the titular hotel. While it is a hotel built with monsters in mind, it's a pretty cheerful place.
- Henpecked Husband: Frank.
Eunice: Frank! Did you book us a tandem massage? Did you get us a table at Hunchback's? Did you do anything?
- Heroes Want Redheads: A gender-reversal example with Mavis and Johnny.
- The Hero's Birthday: The plot starts when Dracula plans a big party for Mavis' 118th birthday. Mavis uses this to insist she's old enough to leave the castle and see the world.
- Hidden Elf Village: Or Hidden Monster Hotel at any rate. The hotel was designed to be as difficult to find by humans as possible, being surrounded by a haunted forest and a graveyard. The building manager also tells Dracula to never start fires to avoid attracting attention. Jonathan ends up finding said hotel through local rumors and following Drac's flaming zombies.
- High Dive Hijinks: Frank uses the tentacle of a sea monster instead of a diving board, raising him several stories above the pool. When he hits the water, his detachable body parts come loose. Jonathan tries the same thing later, but Dracula drains the water from the pool and puts a blob monster in Jonathan's landing spot.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Mavis says "Holy rabies!" when she's excited. Dracula calls Mavis many unusual nicknames like "dead-ums," "sweet fangs" and "love droppings" just to name a few.
Dracula: You're old enough to drive a hearse now, you're old enough to make your own choices.
- Housewife: Wanda is perfectly happy to be a stay-at-home mom and just can't stop having babies.
- Humans Are Bastards: Dracula has developed this belief, even moreso than the other monsters, due to the traumatic experience of his wife being killed by a group of rioters setting his home on fire.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Said word for word by Dracula. He hates them, and built the hotel not only to protect his daughter from them, but also as a place for other monsters to get away from humans. It ends up being subverted by the humans of the 21st century, but was played very straight by those of the 19th century who murdered Dracula's wife.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Dracula can hypnotize anyone simply by staring into their eyes, allowing him to either control their actions or erase their memories. It works through windows, but apparently not contact lenses.
- Hypocritical Humor: This is not the first time that Fran Drescher had a joke involving her voice.
Eunice: Your voice is really annoying.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The exact line Dracula uses to justify deceiving Mavis at the fake village. No one, especially Mavis, is impressed by that excuse.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Averted with most of the monsters. Except Quasimodo, who wants to make Jonathan into "human pot pie."
- Immortal Immaturity: 118-year old vampire Mavis acts like a 18-year old human. Apparently, her emotional maturity is as stunted as her physical development.
- In-Series Nickname: Dracula's friends call him "Drac." Dracula calls Mavis "Mavy-Wavy".
- Ink-Suit Actor: Say, doesn't Dracula look real similar to Adam Sandler?
- Compare voice actress Jackie Sandler◊ to character Martha◊. Yes, Dracula's wife is played by Sandler's real wife.
- Mavis has more than a passing resemblance to Selena Gomez.
- Interspecies Romance: Mavis, a vampire, falls in love with Jonathan, a human.
- Invisible Jerkass: The Invisible Man seems to be fond of Comedic Sociopathy; at least in the beginning.
- Invisible Streaker: The Invisible Man, particularly evident when he powders his ass.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eunice does care about her friends and family, but she shows it in a very rude and abrasive way, doubling as Tsundere Type A with her husband Frank.
- The Jester: Griffin.
- Jump Scare: The first scene with Dracula's angry face kind of sneaks up on you.
- Just Plane Wrong: The plane is flying with its landing gear down for far too long after takeoff.
- Keet: Jonathan.
- Kill It with Fire: How Martha died.
- Knight Templar Parent: Dracula takes the whole Overprotective Dad thing so far that he not only teaches Mavis that humans are dangerous with scary bedtime stories and not letting her play outside, but he essentially imprisons her in an isolated castle for most of her life and the one time he lets her out he sets up a bad encounter with fake humans so she'll never want to leave again. Though this is not entirely without good reason, since Dracula knows from experience what humans can do to vampires.
- Kryptonite Factor: Both Dracula and Mavis are very vulnerable to sunlight, to the point that the touch of the smallest sliver of dawnlight on the tip of her shoes made Mavis yelp and pull back into the shade. More significant exposure causes Dracula to smoke and embers to appear on his bat-fur. Still, while painful, Dracula was able to spend a significant amount of time in the sun and healed within minutes of returning to the shade. Furthermore, even the slightest amount of shade seems sufficient to protect them, as Mavis was able to watch the sunrise from the shadow of the hotel's chimney without being burned.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: One of Dracula's powers. Jonathan's contacts block it, and he refuses to use it on Mavis, who wants to forget her heartbreak.
- Lampshade Hanging: When Dracula's suits of armor attempt to subdue Quasimodo, he kicks one in the crotch, and it responds by doubling over in pain and then saying, "Why did that hurt me?"
- Trying to back himself up on why 'Jonnystein" isn't suitable for Mavis, Dracula says he has red, curly hair . . . to which Griffin asks defensively, "What's wrong with red, curly hair?" Well . . . the guy's invisible, so of course Draculanote is gonna point that out.
- Landing in Someone's Bathtub: Jonathan falls through a ceiling and lands in a steam room with Dracula and his friends.
- Large Ham: Most actors are enjoying themselves, but Adam Sandler's Dracula takes the cake.
- Likes Older Women: Jonathan falls for Mavis, who looks young but is actually a century older than him.
- Limited Wardrobe: Mavis has a closet full of black dresses that are all exactly the same. For her big birthday celebration, she actually sews something new for herself out of her old clothes.
- The Lost Lenore: Dracula's wife Martha.
- Love at First Sight: Or rather "zing" at first sight.
- Magic Pants: Lampshaded by Jonathan, who asks Mavis if she's wearing tiny clothes while in her bat form. Earlier in the film, she transforms with a Hawaiian shirt which shrinks to fit her bat form.
- Magic Skirt: Mavis's dress (and her hair) remains static when she does her Wall Crawl trick.
- Market-Based Title: In Japan, the movie is called Monster Hotel.
- In Russia, the film is marketed as Monsters on Vacation.
- Marshmallow Hell: Eunice does this to Mavis while she's arguing with Dracula about letting her visit a human village.
- Martha, What Have I Done?: What Dracula states when he realizes that he broke his daughter's heart and shattered her dreams.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The werewolves. Yikes.
- Jonathan says he had six brothers growing up, making him a seventh son.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Mavis is just coming of age by vampire standards, but she's older than any living human and will long outlive Jonathan unless he becomes a vampire himself, which is never touched upon as a possibility.
- Drac mentions that Jonathan makes a lousy Frankenstein, but would be a very good vampire. Foreshadowing, perhaps?
- Mickey Mousing: Not surprising, considering Genndy Tartakovsky's love of Tex Avery's work.
- A Minor Kidroduction: The prologue starts with Mavis as a baby in 1894.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: One gag has Mavis practicing a speech to her dad in front of a mirror. She's a vampire, so there's no reflection.
- Missing Mom: Mavis's mom was killed by humans. No wonder Dracula thinks Humans Are the Real Monsters and is such a knight templar parent.
- Missing Trailer Scene: Some scenes are altered.
- In the first trailer, when Jonathan first enters the hotel, he loudly says "Hello?", a shocked Dracula says "A human!" and Jonathan says "What is this place?" In the movie the animation is the same, but the characters don't say anything until Dracula traps Jonathan in the revolving door.
- Also, in the scene where Dracula and Jonathan are in the tunnel network and have the accidental pervert moment with the skeleton in the shower, Jonathan is dressed like his normal human self. The movie version of the scene has him wearing his "Johnnystein" monster disguise.
- The Bigfoot who causes the clogged toilet problem had white fur with blue hands and feet in all the trailers. He's brown in the final version, probably because so many people said he looked more like the Yeti.
- The silhouetted montage of all the monsters of the world beginning their travels to the hotel from their respective hideouts is cut from the final film.
- One trailer showed the scene where one of the suit of armor gets kicked between the legs, making it look like Jonathan did it when it actually was Quasimodo.
- The scene with Dracula going down the hall with the shrunken heads has some difference to the voices between the trailer and the movie.
- At no point does Dracula try to convince Johnny that this is just a normal hotel, unlike in the trailer.
- Monster Mash: Dracula's Hotel Transylvania is a 5-star resort for the world's monsters, including Murray the Mummy, Wayne the Wolf and his family, Frank and his wife Eunice, Griffin the Invisible Man, skeletons, a giant bigfoot as well as a yeti and Quasimodo.
- Mundane Utility: Dracula and Mavis use their vampire powers for practical purposes, such as when Dracula uses telekinesis to change baby Mavis's diapers and Mavis uses her smaller bat form to thread a needle more easily.
- Multiple Head Case: Mr. Hydraberg.
Head 1: Hey, mister Dracula! We asked for a room with a view of the pool!
Head 2: The room's fine! We just wanna book a massage.
Head 3: Yeah! Swedish!
Dracula: I'll get back to you, Mr. Hydraberg!
Head 1: See that you do!
Head 2: I doubt it.
- The Namesake / The Place: Hotel Transylvania.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Dracula tries to convince Mavis to stay away from the human world by setting up a fake human village for Mavis to visit where the townspeople (disguised zombies) will scare her out of wanting to go again. Though this works, the ruckus leads Jonathan to the hotel, and his upbeat outlook quickly changes her mind, forcing him to betray his ruse and further alienate her.
- Mood Killer: Averted. When Jonathan and Mavis are about to kiss near the end of the film, Dracula makes comically roars with red lighting. Shortly after he apologizes and leaves, letting them get to it.
- Nightmare Face: Dracula does this a few times when he's angry.
- Mavis has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example in the scene where Dracula admits that the village was a fake. Runs in the family, I suppose.
- No Eye in Magic: Jonathan's contact lenses make him immune to Drac's hypnotism.
- Noodle Incident: Jonathan's had a rather... interesting backpacking trip, to say the least, including almost getting eaten at a Slipknot concert.
- The Nose Knows / They Have the Scent:
- Esmeralda the rat can tell Johnnystein is a human by his scent, so Quasimodo uses her to track him down.
- Exaggerated with Wayne's daughter Winnie, who with one sniff can not only determine Jonathan current location, but an impossibly precise sequence of events leading up to it (what time the plane Jonathan is on is leaving, the fact that he ordered the vegetarian meal, etc).
- Odd Couple: Dracula and Jonathan.
- Only Sane Girl: Mavis.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Despite initial hesitation at the VA list, one of the only complaints about the VA work was Adam Sandler's inconsistent accent.
- Our Monsters Are Different: And there's a lot of them.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Who knew Dracula could be such a Doting Parent? Also, he and Mavis seem to prefer eating mice and scorpions to human blood.
Dracula: Human blood is so fatty, and you never know where it's been.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Wolfman: Wayne and Wanda, a married couple with a large family of werewolf pups, and Wanda is pregnant with more. Also, all appear to have no human form.
- Outnumbered Sibling: The werewolf family has lots of sons and only one daughter, who can only be identified by her pacifier, pink shirt and tertiary sexual characteristics, and the only one who still respects Wayne and has much of a speaking role.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Jonathan's "Johnnystein" disguise is little more than blue body paint with fake stitches, an old coat, and a different hair style.
- Parental Bonus: The Egyptian Queen character in several hotel scenes, and the human dressed as a mummy.
- People Puppets: Dracula's mind over matter power lets him do this. One example is him putting Jonathan in "time out.”
- Perky Goth: Mavis comes off this way.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Gillwoman is pink, the Gillman is blue.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Quasimodo when he's running off with a bound and gagged Jonathan. Just look at him go!
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Mavis tries this on her dad while in bat form; it doesn't work.
Dracula: Don't give me the pouty bat face.
- The Quincy Punk: The werewolf pups have this look and similar bad behavior.
- Race for Your Love: At the climax of the film, after Jonathan's identity is revealed, he rejects Mavis and leaves the hotel never to return, out of respect for Dracula's anti-human beliefs. Mavis is heartbroken and thinks her love is unrequited. However, Dracula changes his views about humans to the point that he chases after Jonathan himself, risking exposure to sunlight and even flying after Jonathan's airplane, all so he can bring them back together.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Mavis.
- Red-Headed Hero: Jonathan.
- Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Dracula claims that "Johnnystein" is Frank's long-lost 3rd cousin of his right hand. Frank believes him.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: All those werewolf pups.
- Running Gag: Drac roaring 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!
- The old gremlin lady who eats other people's stuff and denies it by saying "I didn't do that."
- Apparently, Jonathan smells.
- Sassy Black Woman: The shrunken head hanging on the hotel rooms, but particularly the one on Mavis' door.
- Second-Act Breakup: Double Subverted. It at first seems like the revelation that Jonathan is human will break up him and Mavis, but she still loves him and wants to be with him. Then he tells her he hates monsters and leaves for Dracula's sake.
- Seven Minute Lull: Just as big D confesses to Mavis that he made up the town with the angry mob to scare her for her own safety.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Played with. Mavis wears her normal clothes to her birthday party, the only difference being a home-made Dracula cape. Jonathan is impressed and says she looks beautiful.
- She Is All Grown Up: In the sense that Mavis at 118 is a young woman who wants her own life and to see the world.
- Shout-Out: Jonathan's scooter has a sticker with Dexter's face on it.
- Shrunken Head: On the room doors that seem to act as the "Do Not Disturb" cards in normal hotels. They also yell at the maids when the room needs to be cleaned.
- Single-Target Sexuality: This is what a "zing" is, meaning you'll only fall in love once.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The only characters who appeared in the first trailer were Dracula and Jonathan though there's a quick shot of Murray leaving his pyramid, but that's it. As of the second trailer, the only character who still hadn't gotten a proper introduction was Quasimodo. He made a brief appearance screaming "A human!" but his face couldn't be seen and his name wasn't mentioned.
- Sleep Cute: At the beginning of the scooter scene, as the characters are doing charades, front row center, a pink gill monster is resting against the bluish colored gillman who seemed to be drifting off to sleep.
- Soft Water: Averted when Frank tries belly-flopping into a pool from several stories high.
- Squick: In-universe, Jonathan trying to take out his contact lens really grosses Drac out.
- Stealth Pun: At one point early in the movie, Dracula stands on a stool made of toads.
- Mavis has been cooped up so long, she is climbing the walls.
- That bright red lollipop Mavis has in the opening scene? It's a blood-sucker.
- Sudden Musical Ending: Overlaps with Dance Party Ending.
- Super Smoke: A standard vampire power.
- Surfer Dude: Jonathan has the attitude and lingo down, plus he's shown riding scooters and surfing on flying tables.
- Sweater Girl: While Mavis' sweater dress is very modest, it also shows off her curves.
- Take That: Dracula doesn't like how a certain in-flight movie represents vampires. He also thinks LMFAO (specifically "Sexy And I Know It") is bad enough to suck out your soul.
- Teens Are Short: Jonathan and Mavis are considerably shorter than Dracula and friends despite being 21 and (1)18.
- That Russian Squat Dance: Dracula and a pair of animated armor guards flanking him do it. It's probably easier if gravity is not an issue.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Jonathan.
- Toilet Humor: It's an Adam Sandler movie. This sort of comedy is inevitable.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Humans are usually shown using these when attacking monsters.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Or the Cover Version does in this case. The newly released "Call Me Maybe" reveals Dracula eventually accepts Mavis and Jonathan's relationship although he still can't deal with watching them kiss.
- And then there's "Problem (The Monster Remix)," which spoils the moment when Dracula sees Mavis kissing Jonathan for the first time on the dance floor.
- One of the trailers also shows a brief clip of Dracula with an infant Mavis looking at a burning building in a serious manner. It doesn't take much imagination to figure out what happened with Mavis' mother from that.
- Tunnel Network: The castle has more than one secret underground passage.
- Überwald: Transylvania, of course.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Frank's are just stitches.
- Vampire Vords: Dracula talks like this.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Neither Dracula or his daughter drink human blood because, as stated by Dracula, it's too fatty and you don't know where the human's been. Instead their meals apparently consist of small critters like mice, scorpions, worms, etc., as well as a blood substitute such as Near-Blood and Blood Beaters. This is actually more accurate to the behavior of real vampire bats, who generally avoid human blood. Dracula does, however, try to scare Jonathan away from the hotel by threatening to drink him dry.
- Visible Invisibility: Type 5 with Griffin, he's the only one who can see himself and uses glasses so others can "see" him. Possibly Type 1 with the vampires, see The Mirror Shows The True Self.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dracula and Mavis' power to turn into bats. They can also change back fully clothed.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: A Fly Man does this twice; once during a game of charades and again during a water aerobics class.
- Both times he has to tell people not to interpret it or copy it.
- Walking the Earth: Jonathan was backpacking across Europe before he came to the hotel. Judging from the patches on his backpack, he's been to France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Romania and . . . Mexico?
- He also says that everything he owns is in that backpack.
- Wall Crawl: Mavis simply walks up the wall and onto the ceiling while pacing around her room.
- She does it literally as a baby though.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Quasimodo can be considered a "monster" because of his mannerisms and being perceived as a monster by regular humans. After all, if a no-humans rule was fully in effect, Griffin technically wouldn't be allowed on the premise either.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel, Dracula builds a fake human village for her to visit and has zombies in human costumes attack her with pitchforks and torches. Despite some stylistic suck from the zombies' incompetence, the plan works, but Dracula eventually confesses everything to Mavis during her birthday party. She is understandably pissed. Everybody helps her to confront him about it, even before Johnny is revealed to be a human and their sentiments really sour.
- Weirdness Censor: Subverted. all the people in the halloween festival during the third act are aware that Frankenstein is real and think he is just awesome. Dracula too, altough one ask for some proof
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Frank is afraid of fire.
Seriously, watch out for fire. Fire bad
- Wicked Witch: Dracula employs them as maids. One particular witch seems to have a crush on him.
- Wimp Fight: In a Funny Background Event, Johnathon gets into one with one of the Animated Armors while Dracula is trying to convince his daughter to leave the room.
- Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: Mavis has a whole speech prepared why Dracula should give her permission to go outside. When he says yes, she goes off into the speech before realizing he already gave her permission.
- World of Ham
- You Dirty Rat: Quasimodo's pet rat Esmeralda.
- Your Costume Needs Work: Jonathan thinks the hotel is having a costume party when he first gets there, and initially mistakes Dracula for a guy in a costume.
- This happens again when Dracula and friends go to the Monster Festival. Pretty much all the humans are in monster costumes and initially don't recognize the real monsters.
- Your Vampires Suck: Not even Daddy Dracula can resist poking fun at Edward Cullen.
- Youthful Freckles: Jonathan has these.