Hotel Transylvania 4 to Scream on Amazon Prime Video

At $8 a month, a third of the cost of Netflix’s pending top-tier sub, Amazon Prime Video is looking like the best-value streamer with a beefed-up slate of impressive originals, 4K-UHD remasters of classics like the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park movies, and exclusives like the January 14 premiere of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

As Variety reports of the Sony Pictures Animation sequel that was to have opened in cinemas this month, “Amazon similarly licensed Cinderella from Sony last spring, and the Kay Cannon-directed musical premiered on Prime Video in September.”

Hopefully it will have a better 4K-UHD streaming bit rate than Hotel Transylvania: Summer Vacation on Netflix, which maxes out at 9.10 Mbps.

Netflix also has HD streams of the first two movies in the franchise; it’s not clear if all of these will become exclusive to APV as a result of the Transformania deal.

Here’s the media release:

Amazon Prime Video to Exclusively Stream Sony Pictures Animation Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

The fourth instalment of the family film franchise will premiere worldwide on January 14

AUCKLAND, New Zealand —October 7, 2021—Amazon Studios has licensed worldwide streaming rights (excluding China) for Hotel Transylvania: Transformania from Sony Pictures Animation.

The fourth instalment of the $1.3 billion family film franchise will premiere worldwide in over 240 countries and territories on Amazon Prime Video January 14, 2022.

Drac and the Pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favourite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac (Brian Hull) with his most terrifying task yet.

When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the ‘Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.

With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank), and Asher Blinkoff (Dennis).

“The success of the Hotel Transylvania franchise over the years speaks for itself,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.

“Audiences around the world have fallen in love with the films created by the brilliant Genndy Tartakovsky, and the latest instalment is the perfect ending to an incredible journey. We could not be more excited to work with Sony, Genndy, Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon, Selena Gomez, and the talented producing team to bring this funny, heart-warming film to our customers early next year.”

“The Hotel Transylvania franchise has been exceptional for Sony Pictures Animation, spanning nearly a decade and introducing the world to Genndy Tartakovsky’s singular vision, and we’re so proud of what our extraordinary directors Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon have brought to this special property,” said Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation.

“These films have thrilled audiences and paved the way for so many artists working in CG animation, and now the family saga of Dracula and his daughter Mavis, son-in-law Johnny, and monster BFFs is coming to a close. We are thrilled to work with Amazon to bring this film to families everywhere.”

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