‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’ Cast Shares Their Reactions to Character Transformations

Andy Sandburg, David Spade, and Keegan-Michael Key share their thoughts on seeing their characters in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania flips the story of the characters we all know and love and transforms them into humans and monsters. The cast talks about seeing them for the first time.

Feeling the pressure to make Drac accept him, Johnny consults with Van Helsing to become a monster. In a silly twist, during the chaos, the Drac’s Pack gets hit by the same gun and becomes human. It’s a fun way to experience all of the characters in a new way, and will have families giggling.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania hits Amazon Prime on January 14th!

How did you respond when you saw your new design?

Andy Sandburg – I love the new design. You know, Johnny becomes monsterfication-ized, I believe that’s the correct word. Perfect. He goes full Burning Man backpacker meets Godzilla, which I think is something I dreamed about looking like as a child anyhow, so it was kind of a dream come true for me.

David Spade –  I played Griffin the Invisible Man. Who is sort of a bit of a scene-stealer? I was a bit surprised because they put out some pictures of Griffin and I guess it wasn’t what people thought because they wanted Griffin to be better looking like Bradley Cooper or something and I’m like, Griffin’s like this goofy, dingdong, that hangs out with the monsters and you know a little out of shape. Red hair. They were looking for more of a Prince Harry. I think it’s funnier that Griffin looks funnier because it’s for kids and families. And I think cartoons should be funny-looking. And so I’m 100% into my Griffin.

Wanda (Molly Shannon), Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Murray (Keegan-Michael Key), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Blobby, and Ericka (Kathryn Hahn) in Columbia Pictures’ HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA.

Were you surprised when you saw what was inside that mummy wrap?
Keegan-Michael Key – I was, I was surprised. I expected it to be bigger. I expected Murray to be bigger. I thought it was one revolution of wraps. So I thought it’d be really this big kind of fat, corpulent guy. And then when all the wraps come off, and you see that, first of all, I was just super short, but he’s really working the jowls. That was my favorite thing. Jowls for days. Yeah, it’s really great because it helps inform you as to what you want to do vocally then, because there had to be a completely different voice for him.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is the final chapter in the Hotel Transylvania family. The film ends with some fun animated scenes that hopefully mean more episodes for Hotel Transylvania: The Series, the TV side of the franchise.

Drac (Brian Hull) and Monster Johnny (Andy Samberg) in Columbia Pictures’ HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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