Just about everyone knows about the Addams family, the most mysterious and spooky family in the world. The animated film had big shoes to fill, and, for the most part, it did an exceptional job. Compared to other takes on the Addams family, this movie was closer to the original “Addams Family” comic strip by Charles Addams.
“The Addams Family” animated feature starts off with the entire family running from angry villagers in the middle of Morticia (Charlize Theron) and Gomez Addams’ (Oscar Isaac) wedding. Whilst Grandmama (Bette Midler) chooses to hold the villagers off, Morticia and Gomez escape to New Jersey. There they find Lurch (Conrad Vernon), their future butler by an abandoned hospital for the criminally insane. They then decide to live at the hospital. Fast forward eleven years, and Gomez and Morticia have two children named Wednesday (Chloë Grace Mortez) and Pugsley Addams (Finn Wolfhard).
Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) comes to help Pugsley train for his mazurka, a dance that is the Addamses’ coming of age ritual. Soon, the Addamses find out about a home designer building a town called Assimilation right next to their mansion, and they go to greet the townspeople. They run into the designer of Assimilation, who offers to rebuild their abandoned hospital for free! Morticia doesn’t want to take up the offer, but Gomez insists in order to make a good impression on the townspeople. You’ll have to watch the movie to see how this all goes down.
There was a scene in the movie where a tree danced, and other scenes in which the animators paid great attention to detail. For instance, in a scene where children dance in front of a crowd, you could see every single face in the crowd. It was clear that the animators put a lot of time and thought into the animation of the film.
There are a ton of creepy jokes which made everyone in the theater laugh. However, they don’t live up to the twistedness of the original Addams Family jokes, and I think the target demographic was younger audiences. This movie can serve as an introduction to the 90’s films, but people that already know and love the Addamses can still enjoy “The Addams Family.”
Despite the cheesy and generic plot, the gags and jokes made it mostly enjoyable. I would rate it 8/10 and recommend this movie for ages 5 to 14, as well as any Addams family fans. All in all, “The Addams Family” is a hilarious movie and entertaining experience.