Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor. The movie centers on the family as they face-off against a “treacherous, greedy crafty reality-TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.(synopsis via Coming Soon and Movieweb)
Way before I really understood how much I hate unthiking conformity and the collective putdown of those who dare to chart their own idiosyncratic course in life, I fell in love with The Addams Family, courtesy of the Hanna-Barbera animated series.
Based on the gloriously dark and socially-incisive New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams, the cartoon series (1973-75), the ’60s TV series and a slew of other movies, comics books etc all celebrated the fact that the Addams were their own very distinct selves and were not ashamed, and not should they have been, about it.
For a kid growing up in the church where conformity and condemnation of those who flaunted it was everything, the Addams Family were a glorious breath of fresh air, proof that you could live your own life and to hell with the consequences.
Now we get to celebrate their unique approach to life in a new animated film which, as Movieweb notes, comes with a stellar cast:
“In addition to Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, The Addams Family animated movie also stars Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, and Bette Midler as Grandmama. The movie introduces Alison Janney as reality-TV host Margaux Needler and Elsie Fisher as her daughter Parker.”
And a new approach to the delightfully-kooky family, courtesy of directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan:
“Greg and I have always been a fan of The Addams Family in past versions, so when we set out to make this movie, we were excited to do something new. With that in mind, I drew from the brilliantly original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons for the look of the film and decided to tell the story of how Gomez and Morticia meet, find their house and start their family. This unique approach is what drew me in to direct the film. The reimagining also extends to the stellar cast we’ve put together who will each bring their own spin to our film that will appeal to longtime fans of the Addams and introduce them to a new generation.” (Movieweb)
Colour me very excited and happy and ready to get my individualistic The Addams Family freak on when the film opens 11 October in USA (weirdly not at Halloween) and 5 December in Australia (not even CLOSE to Halloween!)