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Movie Choices for Kids - Hotel Transylvania, The Brave Little Toaster

October 2, 2012 10:18 am
Written by: Jean Joachim

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (Approx. running time: approx. 91 minutes) Rated PG
Animated with the voices of: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Selena Gomez

I finally found an Adam Sandler movie I absolutely love! I am a horror fan, so most of the characters in this movie were recognizable to me. The story is about Dracula (Sandler) who fell in love and married a human (this isn't clear). They had a daughter, Mavis (Gomez). Drac's wife was killed by an angry mob of humans, so he goes into seclusion.

He builds a hotel where only monsters of all types can come, relax and be themselves without fear of persecution – no humans allowed. This is already a funny concept. The movie spoofs all the crazy monster characters from Frankenstein's monster (James) to zombies. Ghouls of every sort, spiders, "empty" suits of armor, skeletons that talk and so on. These characters are drawn to be funny, silly, not scary.

It's Mavis' 118 birthday. She wants to go out into the world but Dracula is afraid for her safety. He's a control freak, obsessed with keeping her safe. She's a vampire, too. He sets up a fake town for her to go to where she gets scared and vows to stay with him forever.  Then a human young man wanders into the hotel by accident and messes up everything.

I loved the monster humor, making fun of the scary creatures. Most of the animated figures were not frightening. The werewolf with too many pups, the skeleton couple, the body parts, there were so many quirky, funny little bits, I feel I need to see this movie again to get it all.

The plot was good: parents can't protect their children from life. They have to let their kids go out into the world on their own and make their own mistakes. Some of the scenes are scary, making this movie inappropriate for kids younger than about 7 or 8 or sensitive children. Remember this isn't rated "G." There is plenty of humor for adults here, too. I loved Hotel Transylvania. I hope you do, too.

THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (Approximate running time: 90 minutes)
Rated G   Animated with the voices of: Jon Lovitz, Deanna Oliver, Timothy Stack

This quirky 1987 movie isn't the latest computer animation, but the story is timeless and so beautifully done. In keeping with the theme of children going out on their own, this movie presents a different take.

The main characters are items owned by a boy who has grown up and is going off to college. The items, a toaster, blanket, radio, vacuum and such were left in a summer cabin. They decide they were left behind by mistake so they band together and go looking for him. I know, appliances traveling and talking is strange. But the sweetness and humor of this story makes it both heartwarming and different in the best definition of that word.

The appliances encounter many obstacles on their journey. They disagree and argue but discover reliance on each other is necessary to reach their goal. They come close to being eliminated in a junkyard. The story has two levels. A thought-provoking movie, a different experience in movies and one you will enjoy watching with your kids. Try it.



HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (Approx. running time: approx. 91 minutes) Rated PG
Animated with the voices of: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Selena Gomez

I finally found an Adam Sandler movie I absolutely love! I am a horror fan, so most of the characters in this movie were recognizable to me. The story is about Dracula (Sandler) who fell in love and married a human (this isn't clear). They had a daughter, Mavis (Gomez). Drac's wife was killed by an angry mob of humans, so he goes into seclusion.

He builds a hotel where only monsters of all types can come, relax and be themselves without fear of persecution – no humans allowed. This is already a funny concept. The movie spoofs all the crazy monster characters from Frankenstein's monster (James) to zombies. Ghouls of every sort, spiders, "empty" suits of armor, skeletons that talk and so on. These characters are drawn to be funny, silly, not scary.

It's Mavis' 118 birthday. She wants to go out into the world but Dracula is afraid for her safety. He's a control freak, obsessed with keeping her safe. She's a vampire, too. He sets up a fake town for her to go to where she gets scared and vows to stay with him forever.  Then a human young man wanders into the hotel by accident and messes up everything.

I loved the monster humor, making fun of the scary creatures. Most of the animated figures were not frightening. The werewolf with too many pups, the skeleton couple, the body parts, there were so many quirky, funny little bits, I feel I need to see this movie again to get it all.

The plot was good: parents can't protect their children from life. They have to let their kids go out into the world on their own and make their own mistakes. Some of the scenes are scary, making this movie inappropriate for kids younger than about 7 or 8 or sensitive children. Remember this isn't rated "G." There is plenty of humor for adults here, too. I loved Hotel Transylvania. I hope you do, too.

THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (Approximate running time: 90 minutes)
Rated G   Animated with the voices of: Jon Lovitz, Deanna Oliver, Timothy Stack

This quirky 1987 movie isn't the latest computer animation, but the story is timeless and so beautifully done. In keeping with the theme of children going out on their own, this movie presents a different take.

The main characters are items owned by a boy who has grown up and is going off to college. The items, a toaster, blanket, radio, vacuum and such were left in a summer cabin. They decide they were left behind by mistake so they band together and go looking for him. I know, appliances traveling and talking is strange. But the sweetness and humor of this story makes it both heartwarming and different in the best definition of that word.

The appliances encounter many obstacles on their journey. They disagree and argue but discover reliance on each other is necessary to reach their goal. They come close to being eliminated in a junkyard. The story has two levels. A thought-provoking movie, a different experience in movies and one you will enjoy watching with your kids. Try it.


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