The Addams Family The 1960s TV show, a 2010 Broadway musical, or a set of 1990s movies directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. But the "creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky" family has begun life as a series of satirical cartoons drawn by Charles Addams and published in The New Yorker between 1938 and 1988. The hook of the glossy Addams cartoons, capturing the tentacled train of Morticia's dress, Gomez's rotund figure, and Wednesday's oval face in perfect verisimilitude.
Yet even as animation veterans and Sausage Party co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan hark back to the origins of The Addams Family they fail to capture the spirit that the clan seeks a hit to begin with , The Addams Family is not a scream, it's a painfully generic kids' movie.
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Gomez Addams (Oscar Isaac) and his proudly icy bride Morticia (Charlize Theron), the film leaps ahead of the classic Addams Family status quo. Gomez and Morticia are happily ensconced in a ghoulish haunted house with their murderously deadpan daughter Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) and their explosively dangerous son Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard). Loyal servants Lurch and Thing are there, too. And since Pugsley's impending "Saber Mazurka" – a sort of bar mitzvah-esque coming-of-age ceremonies involving a sword dance – Goth's Brother Fester (Nick Kroll) and his mother Grandmama
The impending influx of Addams's details with the second half of the plot, which involves a cookie-cutter subdivision that pops up just a stone's throw away from the Addams' mansion , HGTV-eque designer Margaux Needler (Allison Janney), who plans to sell all 50 of his houses during a live TV special, says: "The Assimilation" (no points for subtly) is the brainchild of manically perky. She's worried that the dilapidated Addams manor is eyesore that could scare away potential buyers. Gomez and Morticia, meanwhile, are nervous about venturing back to outside world that has literally burned them before. [Thejuxtapositionofthemacabrewiththesuburban The Addams Family The Transylvania [Addtomywishlist franchise.)
Yet that's just one more than half a dozen subplots crammed into the movie's 87-minute run time. The Addams Family does not feel like a narrative as a series of Saturday morning cartoons spliced together. Margaux's rebellious daughter Parker (Elsie Fisher) takes on an exploratory mission into the world of teenage girldom. The unlikely friendship inspires Parker to reject her mother for some more emo, while Wednesday enacts her own form of teenage rebellion by embracing girlish conventionality.
It's a fun idea that brings Wednesday and Morticia's mother / daughter relationship to the forefront in a way Sonnenfeld's films never did. There's even some intriguing queer subtext in Wednesday and Parker's relationship.  The Addams Family Wednesday's storyline unceremoniously peters out.