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Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Gen­ndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” and the 3D ver­sion of “Find­ing Nemo” will both have their world pre­mieres dur­ing the TIFF Kids pro­gram of the 37th Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, which runs from Sep­tem­ber 6 to 16.

Wel­come to the Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, Dracula’s lav­ish five-stake resort, where mon­sters and their fam­i­lies can live it up, free to be the mon­sters they are with­out humans to bother them. On one spe­cial week­end, Drac­ula has invited some of the world’s most famous mon­sters — Franken­stein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invis­i­ble Man, a fam­ily of were­wolves, and more — to cel­e­brate his daugh­ter Mavis’ 118th birth­day. For Drac, cater­ing to all of these leg­endary mon­sters is no prob­lem — but his world could come crash­ing down when one ordi­nary guy stum­bles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

A con­sid­er­able por­tion of ani­ma­tion on Sony Pic­tures Animation’s Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia was com­pleted out of the newly-expanded Sony Pic­tures Image­works offices in Vancouver.

The gen­eral release date for Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia is Sep­tem­ber 28.

Mean­while, also as part of TIFF Kids, Acad­emy Award-winning film Find­ing Nemo returns to the big screen in thrilling Dis­ney Dig­i­tal 3D for the first time ever.

Teem­ing with mem­o­rable comedic char­ac­ters and heart­felt emo­tion, this stun­ning under­wa­ter adven­ture fol­lows the momen­tous jour­ney of an over­pro­tec­tive clown­fish named Mar­lin (Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (Alexan­der Gould) –– who become sep­a­rated in the Great Bar­rier Reef when Nemo is unex­pect­edly taken far from his ocean home to a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the com­pan­ion­ship of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Mar­lin embarks on a dan­ger­ous trek and finds him­self the unlikely hero of an epic effort to res­cue his son –– who hatches a few dar­ing plans of his own to return safely home.

All films are rated. Spe­cial child pric­ing applies. Pur­chase Fes­ti­val ticket pack­ages online 24 hours a day at, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET week­days at (416) 599-TIFF or 1–888-599‑8433, or by vis­it­ing the box office in per­son from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

And the partly ani­mated Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, by Brad Bern­stein, will have its North Amer­i­can pre­miere as part of the TIFF Docs lineup.

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man’s wild, life-long adven­ture of test­ing soci­etal bound­aries through his use of sub­ver­sive art. This film com­bines tra­di­tional doc­u­men­tary sto­ry­telling with orig­i­nal ani­ma­tion from over 70 years worth of art from the rene­gade children’s book author and illus­tra­tor. Fea­tur­ing Tomi Ungerer, Mau­rice Sendak, Jules Feif­fer, Steven Heller and Michael Patrick Hearn.

There is great sat­is­fac­tion in dis­cov­er­ing films from new voices in non-fiction film­mak­ing,” said Thom Pow­ers, lead TIFF pro­gram­mer for doc­u­men­taries. “Some of the most pow­er­ful sto­ries being told are from these bold and orig­i­nal emerg­ing film­mak­ers whose work stands strongly side by side doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing greats Alex Gib­ney and Ken Burns.”

We can­not wait to present the lineup of Cana­dian and inter­na­tional doc­u­men­taries with Fes­ti­val audi­ences and the indus­try,” said Cameron Bai­ley, the festival’s artis­tic direc­tor. “The diver­sity of sub­ject and cal­i­bre of the films is a tes­ta­ment to the great non-fiction work being done in our coun­try and abroad.”

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