Bought this this week on sale for 3D blu ray for $14.99 + a $5 gift certificate- was a perfect time for it to go on sale!
As a Dad who loves horror, and has since I was a kid (all while hating Disney features) I'm always seemingly waiting on my son to get older to have him enjoy some of the movies my parents allowed me to watch.
Now, I'm in no rush to have my 2 1/2 year old watch Hostel with me, but I'm in no rush to watch Toy Story, either. Luckily, I married a woman who loves the kids movies of the world, so she keeps me in check, and my little guy has plenty of movies from her for now, and TONS of movies when he gets older.
Hotel Transylvania was one of those kids movies that finally caught my interest (outside of Despicable Me) because of all the classic monsters in it. My wife wasn't so sure how our little guy would react without previewing it first, so I DVR'd it one day, and on a day she was at work with the two of us looking for some movie time, I popped it on, complete with commercials, and the remote ready should it give him any jolts.
Occasionally, Dracula would get angry and the screen would quickly turn red, and they'd closeup on Drac's face, where he'd head jerk and snarl for a few seconds, but my son actually found it funny, turning around and saying "RAHR!"
Other than that, he fell in love with Hotel Transylvania, with nothing else being even remotely scary/ indicative of the monsters being monsters. In fact, they're scared of humans, and the film is really very funny, even for adults.
After watching it once, my son wanted to watch it again immediately, particularly enjoying scenes with all of the Wolfman's "puppies" and laughing at Frankenstein's legs walking up behind the Mummy for a joke.
By the end of the week, he had watched it 5 times, and we saw the movie go on sale Valentine's Day, so we grabbed it for a Valentines present for him. That night, my wife finally watched it in full, and told me that in her personal collection of kids films (about 50 of them, including Cars films, Toy Story films, etc) it was one of her favorites.
And it's true... My son watched it three times since he got the blu ray, and I've watched it with him 6 of those now 8 times. It really is a fun, great movie that can be enjoyed by kids and their parents... Especially if you're a Dad like me, who has a hard time finding kids movies you can truly enjoy multiple times.
Besides that, this may be the first real funny movie Adam Sandler's been a part of in over a decade!