Genre Guesstimation – The Addams Family (2019)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and we will be reviewing our favorite Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to animatedbubbawheat@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Bubbawheat!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies..

“[Wednesday enters holding a red balloon] Strange, there’s usually a murderous clown attached to the other end of these…” – Morticia Addams

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A mysterious family moves to the suburbs and must find a way to integrate themselves into society without scaring their new neighbors into a panic.

My Take on it – As a kid, I was a big fan of the reruns of the 1960’s TV show about this family.

When the live action films came out in the 90’s, I also enjoyed them a lot.

This film does a nice job creating a fun re-imagining of the classic “kooky” family like this.

The use of animation actually adds to the range that this story has and helps add to numerous aspects of things.

The biggest problem here is that the story itself doesn’t feel as unique or interesting as one would hope for this kind of story.

Instead they seem to rehash a premise that has been over used in many other films and genres which is all quite unfortunate.

The film has a great voice cast with Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara all doing wonderful jobs with these characters.

Bottom Line – Fun re-imagining of the classic story of this “kooky” family.  The animation aspect of things allows for so much more range for these characters. The problem is that the story itself isn’t as unique and interesting as one would hope for and they seem to be rehashing material that has been used in numerous other films and genres in the past which is quite unfortunate. The voice cast is great with Isaac, Theron, Moretz, Kroll, Midler, Janney, Short and O’Hara doing wonderful jobs with these characters.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The character designs of the family are directly inspired from the Charles Addams comics, which portrayed them as more macabre and ghoulish for the sake of black comedy. Notably, Wednesday looks solemn, Pugsley is energetic, and Lurch has only one working eye. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really, the live action films and the TV show present the family in a much more interesting fashion than they were able to do here.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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