Adam Sandler may have taken a beating last year after the double-terrible of Just Go With It and Jack and Jill, and though he is still making Grown Ups 2, he may possibly be involved with something good again. And since Hotel Transylvania has a cast of Sandler ringers like Andy Samberg, Kevin James and David Spade, there’s hope for the film.  Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, check out the trailer for the animated film below.

Tartakovsky is probably best known for creating The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and working on the animated Clone Wars. And thankfully, Hotel Transylvania wasn’t written by Sandler and his friends – who are usually signs that the film is going to be a lazy, hackneyed chance for Sandler and company to get paid.

The trailer sets up the premise and isn’t that funny – though there’s visual wit in some of the gags (I like the monster who makes itself into the shape of a tree). It also looks great; Tartakovsky’s not trying to look like Pixar or DreamWorks animation here. ‘Spooky kid’s films’ will be big this fall, as this movie joins Paranorman and Frankenweenie in what amounts to a crowded Halloween season of creepy children’s films. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these movies changes dates, but perhaps the subject matter is still good for home video. Some kids just love the slightly macabre – as the continued popularity of The Nightmare Before Christmas shows. The film opens September 21.

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