Release date: 2012
This was a 2012 Halloween short animated film that aired via the Cartoon Network and was released (in the first instance) exclusively through Wal-Mart. Concentrating entirely on Dracula, rather than going down a monster mash route, it actually managed to maintain a respect for the genre (vampire and the monster movies of yore) and pulled in some surprisingly famous voice talent.
The story is based on the graphic children’s book by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Vicente Navarrete. In the book Sam (Nathan Gamble) writes to Dracula (Ray Liotta) because he wants to be a vampire. Not the case in this version, which is more about helping the “odd-ball kid” recognise the value of their own individuality. The resultant animation isn’t perfect, and it does have a dose of saccharine, but it is a cut above some franchises that were flying about.
|Dracula has lost his scare|
|Gran and Sam|
The animation was fair enough but nothing special, to be honest. Again, the voice acting was absolutely fine but one questions why one would bother with the expense (or at least I imagine it was an expense) of hiring Ray Liotta when his talent is trapped behind a faux-Bela Lugosi accent for the entire film. All in all this was okay. 5.5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.