Hotel Transylvania 2 - 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2 - 2015
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: cartoonish violence, includes paranormal activity and monsters


Overview: Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Still full of monster jokes and puns, this sequel provides a similar vibe as its predecessor, this time focusing on over-protection from a grandparent’s perspective (instead of a parent’s). Drac must learn how to let go of his opinions of how his grandchild is raised, and must do so in a world much different from when he raised his kid.


Themes: parenting, grandparents, acceptance, normalcy, change, monsters, safety

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Acceptance/change. In what ways are people changed because of Jesus? Have you ever undergone a drastic change in your life?

  • Some people didn’t accept Dennis because he wasn’t yet a vampire. They wanted to change him. Jesus accepts and loves every single person, and He’ll only want you to change for the better. Jesus knows that sin will separate you from God, so Jesus loves you so much that he wants to change you to be better and live a more joyful life! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “therefore, anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” So when we follow Jesus, we still have the same name and personality, only that now our life is transformed (changed drastically) and we start becoming the person who God created us to be!


2. Conformity. Do you think you are “normal”? What makes you special?

  • Mavis tells Drac he hasn’t let humans into his heart. Drac had trouble accepting people who were different than him. He wasn’t okay with change and wanted his grandson to be a monster. Dennis’ other grandparents wanted him to be “normal”.


3. Selfishness. How selfish would you describe yourself to be? When was a time you accidentally scared or hurt someone because you wanted to get your way?

  • Drac was willing to scare his grandson in order to get what he wanted. This was a very selfish action. Drac eventually realized it was wrong to ruin Dennis’ favorite thing to get what he wanted. Drac was acting selfishly. Selfishness is caring more about yourself than you care about others.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Parent self-evaluation: This film depicts the different wished and opinions that inevitably pop up with multiple sets of grandparents. Grandparents can be a source of great joy, but also great stress and pressure in some cases. Always keep in mind, you are your child’s parents, no one else. You are the biggest influence in your child’s life and it’s important to remember to do what’s best for your child, regardless of the pressures of others to parent a certain way. How well are you currently doing in parenting the best way possible for your child, despite the opinions of others? How can you receive support?


2. Dennis was able to spend some quality time with adults other than his parents. Have you ever think about why your parents spend time away from you? Did you know it isn’t because they don’t love you, but actually because they do love you?


3. Some people didn’t accept Dennis because he wasn’t yet a vampire. They wanted to change him. Jesus accepts and loves every single person, and He’ll only want you to change for the better. Jesus knows that sin will separate you from God, so Jesus loves you so much that he wants to change you to be better and live a more joyful life! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “therefore, anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” So when we follow Jesus, we still have the same name and personality, only that now our life is transformed (changed drastically) and we start becoming the person who God created us to be! In what ways are people changed because of Jesus? Have you ever undergone a drastic change in your life?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:06 Drac and Mavis spend one on one time. What are the special times you spend one on one with your parents? Is there any rhythm or tradition you’d like to create to spend regular time together, just the two of you?


:28 Drac orchestrates a weekend for monster mentors to pour into Dennis. How would you feel if you were Dennis and got this kind of attention? Are there any people, besides your parents, that you like to learn from?


:43 Drac brings Dennis to a camp. There are lots of fun options for camps for you, too! Have you ever been to a summer camp? What do you think would be the best part of a camp like that?


:48 Drac tries to teach Dennis how to fly by throwing him off the tower. He thinks Dennis will learn on his own. Do you like learning things on your own, without instruction? What are the best ways you like to learn?


:58 Mavis tells Drac he hasn’t let humans into his heart. Drac had trouble accepting people who were different than him. He wasn’t okay with change and wanted his grandson to be a monster. Dennis’ other grandparents wanted him to be “normal”. Do you think you are “normal”? What makes you special?


1:08 Drac was willing to scare his grandson in order to get what he wanted. This was a very selfish action. Drac eventually realized it was wrong to ruin Dennis’ favorite thing to get what he wanted. Drac was acting selfishly. Selfishness is caring more about yourself than you care about others. How selfish would you describe yourself to be? When was a time you accidentally scared or hurt someone because you wanted to get your way?


1:11 Drac and Grandpa Vlad initially didn’t accept Dennis for who he was. They wanted to change him. Eventually, Drac realized it was he who needed to change. Is there any way you can change to be more accepting of those around you?