They’re kooky and they’re spooky, but will this latest adventure of The Addams Family be at all memorable? An animated story, which presents itself in a great old-school way, but will modern audiences connect with it? Furthermore, will they get the characters right? A huge proponent to the 90’s films and before was how every character had a role within the family; so will this still be the case, or will this now be washed down? I’ve gone ahead and watched the trailers, seen the promo’s out there and I have to say, this is a bit of a mixed bag for me. Here’re my reasons why – And let’s see how much you agree (or disagree) with.
The Animation & Designs
Let’s start on a high; the animation style looks fantastic! From Gomez and Morticia, through to Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and more – All of the characters are hugely stylised which sometimes translates badly. However in this case, it looks like they’ve managed to beautifully encapsulate what makes each character look the way that they do. There are also some nice little touches with the characters; in the picture above, you can see Wednesday’s pigtails are nooses, which is a perfect little piece of attention to detail.
I think one thing that’ll be fairly underrated throughout, the actual style of The Addams Family house looks fantastic too. Sometimes, you just see some animation and can’t quite believe how good it is – Even if that particular piece doesn’t do much. Fortunately, that’s the case here. A lot of the backgrounds help to really build up the characters, as well as helping to make the story move better. Basically, if you’re a fan of backdrops in film, TV and video games, then this has gotten that spot on. I love their house, where can I buy it?
Naturally, this is all based off limited pieces of information, I.E the trailer/s and the description of the film… But this is where I’m going to bring up a few of my criticisms. I mentioned at the start of the article that every character had a role within the family, which looks like that’s still the case (thankfully). However, another big part of The Addams Family was how they were misfits, but that wasn’t really the sole focus of the films. For instance; in Values, the overarching theme is actually around Uncle Fester, how an outsider is trying to influence him and how the kids have to put up with an overly-happy camp.
So when you then flip this on its head, where the whole story is actually more of a “look at how weird these folk are”, it’s a bit too simple. However, as I mentioned at the start of this part, it’s fair to remember that this is all based off limited pieces of information. Taken from the Wikipedia page for the upcoming film (as of 16/08/2019):
The Addams family’s lives begin to unravel when they move to New Jersey and face-off against the 21st century and its greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.
It’s a bit simple; but that doesn’t mean it can’t work.
This might be my favourite thing so far; people keep spotting little pieces of detail, little references to other pop cultrue (especially horror and otherwise). As is usual with The Addams Family, it pokes its tongue out at horror, normalising it in its own cheeky way. This is still the same with this new Addams Family film. From the screenshot of Wednesday holding onto that iconic red balloon, Morticia actually explains a killer clown is usually on the end of those. There’s a fair bit of tongue in cheek with this new film, which excites me!
I’m not fully sold on The Addams Family (2019), but as a fan of the 90s films, including the Tim Curry one, I think there’s definitely potential here. The animation style, the characterisation and the references alone are enough to make me intrigued. But enough from me – What do you think? Is this going to be a watch or a miss? As ever, share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter. Keep it kooky, folks.