The Addams Family

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I was curious to see how the characters of The Addams Family would be received as cartoons. Well it seems, with the rise in popularity of ghoulish cartoons such as Hotel Transylvania and Vampirina in the pre-school and primary school aged market, it absolutely holds appeal. It’s a wonderfully entertaining movie for kids and adults alike which is very much due to the star-studded voice cast. Hilariously funny for the children, and I think parents will be pleasantly surprised with this one too, as it brings back the memory of these creepy yet relatable characters and introduces it to a new generation.

The film opens with typical Addams Family chaos as Morticia (voiced by Charlize Theron) and Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) are married, but the night is ruined by an angry mob. The newlyweds and the rest of their family – Thing, Grandmama (voiced by Bette Midler) and Uncle Fester (voiced by Nick Kroll) – are run out of town and decide to flee to a place so bad that nobody in their right mind would live: New Jersey. This is where they (literally) run into Lurch, stumble upon an abandoned, run down insane asylum and decide to call the spooky building their home.

Fast forward more than a decade and family life in their ghoulish mansion is as creepy as ever and still shielding themselves, as well as their children Wednesday (voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (voiced by Finn Wolfhard), from the outside world. Wednesday, however, becomes curious about what lies beyond their family home as the fog lifts from the neighboring town Assimilation. This is where she meets a little girl by the name of Parker (voiced by Elsie Fisher) and her mother, reality TV host Margaux Needler (voiced by Allison Janney).

When the whole extended family arrives for Pugsley’s Mazurka – a sort of coming of age ceremony – Margaux becomes desperate to regain control of the town and restore it to its former idyllic (aka: boring) glory.
What is Margaux up to, and will the townsfolk finally accept the Addams’ for who they are? After all, in the words of Dr. Seuss – Why fit in when we were born to stand out?

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Movie Review By Sarah Bulach

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