TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - April 10, 2019
Visually, 1991's The Addams Family was as close as live action could ever get to duplicating Charles Addams' famous cartoons. The one thing this new feature-length animated adaptation of the creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky family has going for it is the filmmakers can accurately capture Addams' original drawings and bring them to life in a way we've never really seen before.
Not counting the stage musical from a decade ago, The Addams Family has more or less languished over the last twenty-plus years, a property without a huge fan base. Nostalgia from the original TV show's audience of Boomers who grew up to be parents by the time the 1991 movie came along fueled that to better than expected success. However, the sequel was a disappointment—hot take, I think Values is better than the first flick—and not many folks of my generation remember either movie very fondly at this point. I watched the 1991 version last year and it holds up incredibly well.
But I digress. As mentioned earlier, the legendary series is now getting an animated reboot for a new generation with a pretty top notch voice cast: Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron take on the parental roles of Gomez and Morticia, while Chloe Grace Moretz and Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard voice their children Wednesday and Pugsley. Nick Kroll and Bette Midler round out the family as Uncle Fester and Grandmama, though no one is listed as voicing Lurch. Eva Green was going to play Morticia at some point, and frankly her and Oscar Isaac could have easily pulled off their roles in live action as well.
This will probably coast by on some residual nostalgia and its October release date means it will benefit from families looking for some family laughs and scares at that time of the year. The Addams Family invades theaters on October 11.