Directors: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu.
Voices: Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Wedge. USA 2016. 94 mins.
The fifth entry in the successful animated franchise remains in the eminently capable hands of series directors Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu, with co-writers Michael Berg and Michael J. Wilson, and many of the familiar characters again voiced by their regular stars.
This time round Scrat’s (Wedge) quest for a mysterious acorn takes him beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, where an innocent mistake triggers various unexpected consequences that threaten the very future of our planet. To avert impending disaster, Buck (Pegg), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary), Shira (Lopez) and the rest of the quirky animal gang embark on a series of wild adventures, which inevitably involve thrills, spills, whacky stunts and much good-humoured nail-biting, as well as a bunch of new friends.
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters - Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more - to celebrate his daughter Mavis' 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem - but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.