The first day of summer, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 was quite the heat wave but even the high temperatures couldn’t put a damper on the extra special late morning Ian and I shared.
I was invited to a special sneak peek of Hotel Transylvania, a Sony Pictures Animation film, which won’t be in theaters until September 28, 2012.
The plush Sony screening room was the perfect place to beat the sweltering heat. I was a bit apprehensive that Ian might be loud and unruly. I kept telling him that we were going to be the firsts to see a new carton. But Ian has very specific tastes when it comes to his viewing pleasure. He is even opinionated when it comes to cartoons. When we have Nick Jr on, after a view minutes he generally demands “babba” (his word for Yo Gabba Gabba) I would have cringed if during this press screening with Emmy award-winning director Genndy Tartakowsky and producer Michelle Murdocca, he shouted “babba.”
After the first clip was shown, Ian requested “More.” Whew! I could breathe easy. We continued to watch scenes or rather he watched and I marveled in watching his reaction to the animation on the big screen.
The premise of this film is the celebration of Dracula’s beloved daughter Marvis’s 118th birthday. So following the presentation, there was a full-blown birthday party complete with delicious cake, fun finger foods and even crazy drink potions, along with airbrush tatoos. Everyone was so impressed by how well-behaved Ian was in the screening room and shocked to learn he is only 2.5. He even managed to score an invitation to return in September to an advanced screening of the film.
I couldn’t have been more proud of my son. And who knows, maybe he’ll have a future in the film industry. I feel so lucky to be able to give my son such special experiences. We capped the day off with lunch at Pinkberry. I will cherish the memories of today. We may have to celebrate Mavis’ birthday annually. I think we’ll take Daddy along for the full screening.
“Hotel Transylvania is a story about a father and daughter- it’s just that the father happens to be Dracukla,” said director Genndy Tartakovsky who is a dad himself. “Like all fathers, he’s an overprotective, psychotic and endearing guy who’d do anything for his daughter, but unlike other father’s, he’s the Prince of Darkness.”