The trailer for Hotel Transylvania 4, Transformania, has arrived. The Hotel Transylvania franchise has been a big hit for Sony Pictures Animation since the first movie came out in 2012. The series offers a lighter, more kid-friendly take on classic monsters like Count Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man. Created by Todd Durham, the franchise now boasts four movies, three short films, graphic novels, video games, and a Disney Channel TV series. Despite its success, Hotel Transylvania 4 will be the final installment in the film series.
In April 2021, the upcoming movie received the Transformania subtitle, as well as a new release date of July 23. Not much is known about the film’s story at this time, though many cast members from previous movies in the franchise are returning. One exception is Adam Sandler, who voiced Dracula in the first three films. The character will still play a role in Hotel Transylvania 4, but he’ll be voiced by Brian Hull instead. Sony recently shared a teaser for the movie, though that too didn’t reveal too much about its plot.
Now, however, audiences have a better idea of what to expect from the movie thanks to its trailer shared by Sony Pictures Animation. It reveals Andy Samberg’s Johnny Loughran becoming a monster while Dracula transforms into a human, explaining the movie’s Transformania title. Check out the look at the final film in the Hotel Transylvania franchise below:
Based on this trailer, it seems like the long-running series is going out with a bang. A Freaky Friday homage suits the light-hearted franchise perfectly, and it will be fun to see Johnny and Drac’s antics in the film as they acclimate to essentially trading places. Though it seems likely the status quo will be restored by the time Hotel Transylvania 4 ends, it should be a fun ride for audiences.
The trailer also gives more insight into Hull’s performance as Dracula. It seems like it will be a pretty seamless transition that shouldn’t affect the movie too much. It helps that Hull has experience in the role; he also voiced Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania short film Monster Pets earlier in 2021. Though Sandler left behind some big shoes to fill after his departure, Hull seems like he’s more than up for the challenge.
Hopefully, Hotel Transylvania 4 brings the franchise to a satisfying conclusion. There’s a lot of pressure on the last film in a series to deliver. In this case, audiences are likely hoping for more of the humor, heart, and entertaining adventures that made the first three movies a success. After watching the trailer, that seems likely to happen.