Vedded to vampires
S(12A) OMETIMES IT’S easy to spot a Jewish cartoon character. Herschel Krustofsky aka Krusty the Clown of The Simpsons or South Park kid Kyle Broslofski . Where it gets tricky is with Gru in Despicable Me, as he has an Eastern European accent, hook nose and overbearing mother, but has yet to come clean about his ancestry
As for Drac the single-parent vampire in Hotel Transylvania, well it never occurred to me that he was one of us, even though he is voiced by Adam Sandler. But when Drac’s dad Vlad appears in the sequel all bets are off as his grumpy grandfather is played by Mel Brooks.
Nothing says Jewish more than an old angry vampire desperate to see his new grandchild and that’s Vlad who makes a late, but welcome appearance in Genndy Tartakovsky’s enjoyable follow-up movie which is kid-pleasing, but with enough gags for the grown-ups. Picking up where it left off with Drac’s beloved daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) betrothed to human hubby Jonathan (Andy Samberg) we get a vampire vedding followed by the arrival of baby Dennis who may be a vampire.
Eager to bring out his inner bloodsucker, Drac offers to babysit while Mavis and Jonathan head to California to check out the living situation, which for a girl/bat who has never left Transylvania is an eye-opener and in daylight no less. Meanwhile Drac and co try to encourage ‘‘Denniskovitch’’ to get nasty, but the kid is too cute or could he just be a late-fanger? At its heart, this sequel has a monster-loving human message about acceptance and integration, which is a good one, though it could just as easily be about marrying out, particularly when the objections are raised by an old Jewish vampire .