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- Apr 4, 2017
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After The Addams Family and Addams Family Values getting released on Blu-ray a few months back I’ve been prepping for this live action adaptation of the classic comics and live action TV Show that made them so popular to American audiences to being with. I will admit, I was expecting to really loathe the new animated film as the trailer just looked like it lacked all of the charm and wit that made the 90s movies so insanely fun. Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd added so much charisma and intensity to the movie adaptations, that it’s really hard viewing anyone else in those roles. However, I ended up being rather charmed with with the new animated film from Universal, and even though it’s not going to be a masterpiece, it hit all of the right tonal notes and created a thoroughly enjoyable animated romp.
The film toys with all of the classic themes of acceptance and tolerance that the TV show and comics introduced decades ago, shooting us back in time to when Gomez (Oscar Isaacs) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) tie the knot, only to be driven out of their home by humans decrying them as “monsters”. Heading out on their own they go to the only place that they can think of that is so revolting, so disgusting, so horrible to live that no one else would ever bother them again…….New Jersey (I’m sorry, I got a hilarious giggle from that little gag). There they raise their children Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard) and Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) in hopes of sheltering them from the outside world. But as we all know, you can only shelter a child for so long until they begin to exercise their natural curiosity.
Wednesday Addams starts to become curious about what lies outside the gates of their haunted house and when a brand new town is being created just down the hill from them, it creates the perfect opportunity for the young girl to head out into the new world and see what other horrors out there await here. Simultaneously Pugsley is training for his Mazurka, a sword based performance that will solidify him as an official Addams family member, only to be failing miserably due to his own unique quirks of being an Addams. However, their curiosity and “humanity” is tested when the creator of the little town, a reality TV show host named Margaux (Allison Janney) decides that it’s time to get rid of the freaky Addams Family members before they ruin the resale value of the homes she’s trying to shuffle off on the “normies”.
The movie does feel a bit kiddy at times, but really, even the TV show was aimed at the younger generation and families in general instead of being dark and adult like. I would have loved to have seen the Addams Family come back in flesh and blood, but Universal’s animated film actually surprised me quite a bit with it’s charm and sense of fun. The movie’s themes are fairly generic and doesn’t really delve too deep, but it’s perfectly acceptable cotton candy fluff that works with the other aesthetics of the haunted mansion style of animation.
Rated PG for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action.
• Welcome to the Family – In this combined Making of/Character Profiles, we hear from the filmmakers and stars of The Addams Family about how the film came about, the animation process and insight into the characters.
• Life of a Scene – From black & white storyboards and layouts to animation and lighting, follow along with filmmakers as they bring to life a scene from the movie.
• Charades with Thing – There's nothing quite like a game of Charades with your friends. But what happens when the person giving the clues isn't exactly a person? What if he's just… a hand? On talent day, stars of the film are invited to play Charades with Thing. Talent goes head-to-head, competing to see who can guess Thing's clues. Graphics reveal the answers and keep score for each player.
• Addams Family Throwback
• "Haunted Heart" Lyric Video – performed by Christina Aguilera
• "My Family" Lyric Video – performed by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia & Snoop Dogg
The Addams Family did surprise me a bit, and I’m glad it did. I’m always happy to eat crow and change my tune on something for the positive if I possibly can, and after the silly trailer that Universal released months ago I was fully expecting the worst. Needless to say the movie is charming, fun, and light enough to be enjoyed by the whole family (there’s definitely a few winking and nodding adult jokes that slide through as well). The Blu-ray is magnificent in it’s technical specs, and the disc even holds a moderate amount of extras as well. Definitely worth a watch in my humble opinion.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Snoop Dogg, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Finn Wolfhard
Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Written by: Matt Liberman, Pamela Pettler, Conrad Vernon
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 7.1, Spanish DTS-HD HR 7.1, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Runtime: 87 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: January 21st, 2020
Recommendation: Check It Out