Take the beginning of the scary season, friendly monsters frightened of humans, add a touch of romance and comedic voices to really nice animation, and you have a certified winner. It's no wonder the film took in 43million in its opening weekend.
I liked the movie because it was clean enough for my 7 and 9 year olds while still entertaining me. There was a bit of romance between the human, Jon "Stein", and Mavis, Dracula's baby girl (who just happens to be 118 years old).
The storyline is fun. Mavis wants to see the world. Her father is scared for her, because his wife perished in a fire set by humans when Mavis was just a baby. He fools her into staying home, but in the course of his trickery, a human happens upon his hotel for monsters.
Hijinks ensue. There are ghosts, zombies, an entertaining werewolf with too many kids, a mummy and frankenstein monster with laughs aplenty, and just all around good times for a human who's not such a bad guy after all. There are a few fart jokes and some groovy tunes, but no danger to scare the kiddos. Just laughs and gags.
Boys will enjoy the movie. Girls will like it too. And heck, if you're an adult with any liking for Halloween, you'll get a kick out of it as well. A nice way to spend your afternoon. Oh, and I'd forgo the 3D prices unless you really want to spend. We saw the 2D version and it was just fine.