Ved­ded to vam­pires

The Jewish Chronicle - - REVIEWS - FILM BRIGIT GRANT

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 .

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