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Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Distributor: Sony Pictures
The Lowdown: I have to say I was a little surprised how much I liked Sony Animation's big in-house contender, "Hotel Transylvania." Early on, when the first fart joke landed within 10 minutes or so, I thought it was doomed. But it turned into a nice enough story about tolerance. The animation itself wasn't all that unique but it mostly got by on story. The critics certainly didn't see it that way, though, so it's likely to remain an also-ran in the race. The film has done well at the box office, it should be noted, and Sony has made it here in the past (2007's "Surf's Up").