As September begins to wane and the month of October looms in the distance, most minds are starting to think about Halloween and all things spooky. If you’re the type of person who’s already got skull pillows adorning their couch, black candles lit around the house, and at least two different pumpkin-themed drinks in the fridge, you don’t want a typical holiday — which means you’re more than ready for the latest incarnation of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the story of everyone’s favorite creepy and kooky family that doesn’t know the meaning of the word “normal.”
While this is far from the first time we’ve seen the Addams and their eccentric tastes light up the big screen, this is the first time we’ve seen them shown in theatres within an animated context. This is bound to make things extremely different, with the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia Addams leading the way.
Another big step the animated version of THE ADDAMS FAMILY takes to differentiate itself from its past film history is the fact that the movie is heavily inspired by cartoonist/creator Charles Addams’ depiction of the family in his original comic strips. So, for those of you that are used to the flesh-and-blood variants shown through the classic TV or film adaptations of the past, you’re about to be quite surprised.
Going back to the cast of performers enlisted to bring THE ADDAMS FAMILY to life, there’s a pretty vast and impressive line-up that’s been brought into this animated version. Playing the children of the household, Pugsley and Wednesday, are “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard and Chloë Grace Moretz, fresh off her own brush with the macabre in this year’s GRETA. Rounding out the family are Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Bette Midler as Grandma and Snoop Dogg as Cousin It — and if that last bit of casting doesn’t shock you, then you might be part of the family after all.
While audiences are familiar with the clash of the “normal world” and that of the Addams', it’s always refreshing to see this family of outsiders band together to show all of the ways their differences make everything just a little brighter. Their house may be dreary, their wardrobe dark and foreboding, and their family history tragic and mysterious, but there’s nothing that the Addams Family can’t face, so long as it’s together.
Seeing the legendary family that knows how to smile even when frowning is always a cure for the normal. So, if you’re looking for a fantastic Halloween that breaks from tradition, join THE ADDAMS FAMILY in an AMC theatre near you on October 11.