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As Halloween season goes into full swing, so do movies of its kind in theaters. And this year, The Addams Family is making a comeback with an animated film full of ooky and spooky family fun to go along with the October month. It’s been a hot minute since the ghoulish gang ventured on to the big screen. 26 years to be exact. Last time around, it was Raul Julia’s Gomez, Anjelica Huston’s Morticia, and Christina Ricci’s iconic Wednesday gracing screens.
For the new Addams Family, there’s an all-star celebrity cast behind the characters, including Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Mr. and Mrs. Addams; Chloe Grace Moretz and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as their children; Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester; Snoop Dogg as It; and Bette Midler as Grandma. Not to mention Allison Janney and Eighth Grade’s Elsie Fisher who are in for a live-action version! Here’s what they told us:
Allison Janney’s may be ‘just putting it out there’… but it’s seriously such a great idea! There’s so much star power already in Addams Family. Oscar Isaac could rock Gomez’s mustashe and Charlize Theron would be seriously electric in Moriticia’s morbid makeup and sleek black hair and dress. It’s such a fun franchise to see actors such as these dress up for and really get into fun characters. Anyone else asking themselves why didn’t this happen to begin with?
During an interview with CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb, the pair of actors talked about how they’d just met for the press day even though they play mother and daughter in the movie. On animation projects, actors often come in separately and work with the director on scenes without getting to play off their performances. Elsie Fisher talks about how she feels the chemistry is still present between the other stars. Either way, they seem to be ready to jump at the opportunity!
The Addams Family is notoriously live-action, between the ‘60s sitcom and ‘90s films. However, the story does originally stem from New Yorker cartoons from the ‘30s. For the new release, the filmmakers looked to the first material from the page to create the new adaptation. The new movie may have also been hoping to set itself apart from the comparable versions on the big screen and television.
The animated family flick opened to decent moviegoer reception with a 73% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ on CinemaScore. Critics have not been impressed with the film overall, considering it has a 43% Rotten Score. CinemaBlend’s own Will Ashton gave the movie a 2.5 out of 5 rating in his review.
The movie follows the spooky family as they deal with a new neighborhood popping up near them and getting ready for a family reunion to celebrate a tradition involving their son.