'Dexter's Laboratory' started in Manila

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Sep 21 2012 04:33 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2012 08:35 PM

Hollywood director credits Pinoy talent for success

LOS ANGELES, California -- "Hotel Transylvania" is one of the year's most anticipated animated films. Its director, Genndy Tartakovsky, is known for creating the cartoon series "Dexter's Laboratory," "Samurai Jack" and "Star Wars: Clone Wars."

"Dexter's Laboratory" aired on the cable TV network Cartoon Network from 1996 to 2003.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Tartakovsky credited Filipino animators for helping him when he was starting in his career.

"I did, yes,” he said, when asked if he ever worked with Filipino animators.

“In 1994, the very first pilot of 'Dexter's Laboratory,' the TV show that I did -- part of it was done in Manila. I flew up there and I stayed there for a couple of weeks and worked with the animators. Luckily, that short (visit) got me everything, really. So it all started from there,” Tartakovsky related.

The director said he's impressed by Filipino artists and even has some word of advice for young Pinoys dreaming of a career in animation.

"Dexter's Laboratory" creator Genndy Tartakovsky in an interview with ABS-CBN News

"You have to just draw and draw and then draw some more. You have to be honest with yourself and literally love what you do,” Tartakovsky said.

“Before, I used to work cleaning dishes, where you would get up, and 'I just don't want to go to work today.' If you have that feeling, it will help you along the way. The more you do, the better you get,” he added.

In "Hotel Transylvania," comedian Adam Sandler plays Dracula, the over-protective father of Mavis, played by Selena Gomez.

The story revolves around Dracula's desire to shelter his daughter from humans. His plans go awry when Mavis meets a lovable human stranger played by Andy Samberg.

The story is set in Hotel Transylvania, built by Dracula as a sanctuary for fellow monsters.

"The core of the story is very human, it's very accessible. It's just about a dad learning to let go, and because it's [about] monsters, it's not necessarily American or whatever, it can translate into any culture, I think,” Tartakovsky said.

"Hotel Transylvania" opens on September 28.