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Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer -animated horror comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Michelle Murdocca, and stars the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez , Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade , and CeeLo Green . The film tells a story of Count Dracula , the owner of a hotel called Hotel Transylvania where the world 's monsters can take a rest from human civilization . Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis . When the " human -free hotel " is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan, Dracula must protect Mavis from falling in love with him before the hotel 's guests learn that there is a human in the castle , which may jeopardize the hotel 's future and his career. The film was released on September 28, 2012 , and was met with mixed critical reception, while the general public received it favorably. Despite this, Hotel Transylvania earned a total of $358 million against a budget of $85 million at the box office . The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film . It launched a franchise with a sequel titled Hotel Transylvania 2, which takes place seven years after the film , released in 2015 , and a third film is scheduled for 2018 . A television series based on the film premiered on Disney Channel in June 2017 , and it focuses on the teenage years of Mavis and her friends at the Hotel Transylvania .