The fact that Disney’s Encanto defied the convention of having a straight-up villain was among the most intriguing aspects of the film. In such animated films, a sinister enemy is normally present, but the film took a more empathetic approach, with Mirabel’s Abuela, Alma, as the antagonist. This villain technique was borrowed by Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, but the Sony picture handled it much better by giving its despot a legitimate cause to transgress.
This isn’t to imply that Alma’s representation in Encanto was lacking in depth. She intended to safeguard the wonder that was her household’s magic, guaranteeing that the family would be able to maintain their talents for years to come and utilize them to develop their refugee enclave. The way she turned Mirabel into a black sheep, on the other hand, seemed strange. It didn’t fit with what her late husband, Pedro, had battled for before his death, and it didn’t match Alma’s family values. Instead, her opposition to Mirabel and preference for the other grandkids were forced drama, causing the teen to heal a wound.
Dracula was the adversary in the fourth film, Hotel Transylvania, and he lied to Johnny about how he could only hand the resort over to a monster by legislation. It forced Johnny to become a kaiju, while Dracula and his inner circle were mistakenly transformed into humans. As a result, Dracula traveled to South America with Johnny in order to locate a crystal and repair the monster ray in order to heal them.
Their tale, on the other hand, was marked by a great deal of understanding and compassion. Dracula was right to be suspicious, as Johnny had a habit of screwing things up, and he couldn’t risk his hotel’s centuries-long heritage being ruined. He shouldn’t have been so harsh, but his suspicion was understandable. When Johnny discovered how Dracula lied, he became a more vicious beast, enraged by his father-in-law’s deception.
Johnny had the same feelings as Mirabel, but he wasn’t as willing to accept responsibility, as even Johnny’s wife, Mavis, could confirm. Dracula was able to see that Johnny was a decent person and that his anxieties were unfounded as a result of this. After all, Johnny had treated Mavis like a queen and had been a decent father to Dennis, and he was ready for the challenge.
This transition was preferable than Alma merely criticizing herself for being careless, which didn’t ring true because Mirabel was always deserving of respect rather than concern. It was a sharp contrast to Johnny, who had to work hard for it since he was such a clumsy moron with several red flags back in the day. Finally, the villains of these stories saw failures in their successors, with Johnny being the one that required a lot more work naturally, which generated the more plausible struggle.
In Hotel Transylvania: Tranformania, available now on Prime Video, see how Dracula is a better villain than Alma.