It’s all fairly benign, but the one really amusing moment will likely play far better with adults than the kids, as the werewolves (Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon), beaten into exhaustion by their overflowing pack of wild cubs, discover the pleasures of dropping them off at a vacation kids’ club for a few hours.
Given that the first two movies were, well, monster hits, it’s hardly a surprise that Sony (the studio behind them) would be eager to unleash another, or that the material — targeted to an age group accustomed to watching things they like over and over, and which seemed to laugh loudest at a flatulence joke — would have a repetitive quality to it.
Creatively, though, unlike the best animated franchises, whatever sense of discovery, surprise or ingenuity that “Hotel Transylvania” originally offered appears pretty well behind it. That might not mean it’s checkout time just yet, but all that seems left is to dig up the pieces, stitch them together, and flip the “on” switch.
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” opens July 13 in the U.S. It’s rated PG.