The new animated “Addams Family” movie proves you can’t keep a good franchise down. This creepy, kooky clan is as charming as ever.
“The Addams Family” doesn’t reach the heights of a Pixar or LEGO animated movie in terms of quality animation and meaningful story. But the filmmakers, at the very least, understand and lean into what has made this oddball family such an endearing mainstay in pop culture for decades.
The new movie is good, clean, spooky fun.
In this version, the titular Addams Family have spent most of their lives living alone in their big, creepy mansion on a hill. But when a home makeover TV star decides to renovate that mansion, the Addams clan must learn to interact with and live alongside “normal” people in the nearby town.
Three guesses as to whether or not the moral of the story is that everybody is a weirdo in their own right, and that living together is just a matter of getting to know one another.
Don’t go in expecting a new or original take on the Addams Family. The new film plays it safe, using all of the previous comic strips, TV shows and movies for inspiration. Every character is exactly how you remember them, and most of them are well-acted by a bunch of famous Hollywood types.
Fortunately, the Addams Family itself is so entertaining that they easily carry this animated movie. They’re creepy, they’re kooky, they’re all-together ooky; it’s an enjoyable bunch of characters to watch on screen. That was the case 50 years ago and it remains the case today. There are some good laughs, some nice family drama and a lot of quality visual gags.
Most of the characters, especially the children, Wednesday and Pugsley, get their own subplots to play around with. And most of the voice cast do fine by their characters. The main plot with the home makeover is probably the least interesting aspect of the movie.
“The Addams Family” doesn’t reinvent the wheel or light the screen on fire with excitement. It’s just a nice, straightforward story featuring characters we already love.