TURIN, ITALY — Director Genndy Tartakovsky (“Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Samurai Jack,” “Star Wars: Clone Wars”) will present and discuss his feature film debut, Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D monster comedy “Hotel Transylvania,” during the 2012 VIEW Conference (www.viewconference.it), set to take place October 16 to 19 in Turin.
The Hotel Transylvania is 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 a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis. The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green.
A director, producer, writer, and storyboard artist, Tartakovsky has received five Annie nominations for the television productions “Samurai Jack” and “Dexter’s Laboratory,” and in 2007 won the Annie Awards’ Winsor McCay Award. He has also received 12 Emmy nominations during a 10-year time span for the animated series “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Samurai Jack” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” In 2004, he won Emmy awards for “Samurai Jack” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” and in 2005, received a third Emmy award for “Clone Wars.” He was also a storyboard artist for the live-action feature “Iron Man 2,” which received an Oscar nomination for best visual effects.
Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, USSR, but moved to Italy then Chicago when he was seven years old after his father defected to the USA. He studied animation at CalArts in Los Angeles where he created a student film that became the basis for “Dexter’s Laboratory.”
The VIEW is Italy’s largest computer graphics conference. Now in its lucky 13th year, the conference hosts prominent people in animation, visual effects, game development, architecture, design, and other areas of computer graphics in Torino, Italy where they share experiences, ideas, and knowledge with each other and with the professionals and students who attend the presentations and workshops.