Starting with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and continuing into their recent partnership with Aardman Animation, Sony Pictures Animation has been doing great work that almost rivals the giants Pixar and Dreamworks. And they obviously hope to continue that streak, or even up the ante, with their next picture Hotel Transylvania. Last month the studio released the first look at the monstrous ensemble of vampires, werewolves, mummies and other horrific characters that make up the staff and guests at the purposefully haunted hotel.

Too bad the voice cast assembled to bring the monsters to life is less than inspired. Led by Adam Sandler, it looks like Sony simply raided his rolodex for actors to cast in the animated movie- Andy Samberg, David Spade, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi - but I was careful not to pass too much judgement until actually seeing some footage. Then Sony finally teased Hotel Transylvania and it looked like I might be proven wrong, that is, until Dracula spoke. But the short look at the upcoming animated movie was just that - short - so perhaps the few quips and gags they chose for the tease aren't all that the film has to offer. Find out with this first full look.

So, the trailer for Hotel Transylvania was pretty much an exact, albeit extended, copy of the already disappointing teaser. They both start with some beautiful animated imagery (set to Toscanini's Symphony No. 9, bound to make anything more rousing) with a glimpse at some great looking monsters and landscapes only to again disappoint with some shoddy dialogue and miss-and-miss gags (because none hit). It might be an Adam Sandler bias - or being tired of clogged toilet jokes - but there is little to like here beyond the animation.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who is probably best known for his work on the rad animated television series' Samurai Jack and Dexter's Labortatory, the film is about the titular hotel run by Dracula (Sandler) which offers the world's various ghouls and creatures a place to vacation. But when a human name Jonathan (Samberg) wanders into the not so lovely place (sorry, but I can't be the only one who thinks of the Eagles every time they see this title) looking for answers, the monsters' only place of relaxation and respite from humanity is suddenly threatened.

Hotel Transylvania opens on September 28, 2012. Read more about it in our Blend Film Database.

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