Home Entertainment Review: The Addams Family Blu-Ray (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

The creepiest and kookiest family comes home! I grew up in the era of reruns and one of those reruns was the Addams Family. I began to appreciate the strangest […]

The creepiest and kookiest family comes home!

I grew up in the era of reruns and one of those reruns was the Addams Family. I began to appreciate the strangest of the Addams Family. They’ve had TV shows, cartoons, and movies. And now they return with a new animated film that tells their origin.

The film opens on the night of Gomez and Morticia are run out of their European town and end up moving to New Jersey. There, they move into their famous house and have their children Wednesday and Pugsley. They find themselves at odds with TV home makeover star Margaux Needler, who wants them to be like everyone else in the town. The Addams are always true to themselves and be themselves.

Honestly, I really liked this film. It had a lot of references to the original cartoons by Charles Addams, the TV show, and the live-action movies. Of course enough in there to keep the kids entertained as well. 

The voice casting was spot on here. Oscar Isaac voices Gomez, and quite honestly, he could play Gomez in a live-action version.  Charlize Theron plays Morticia. The original Goth Girl here, Theron brings her own lovely dread to the character. Rounding out the cast are Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Bette Midler as Grandmama, Conrad Vernon as Lurch, and Allison Janney as Margaux Needler. This cast really did a great job!

The thing that I found the most assuming was they way the Addams Family moved to New Jersey. Charles Addams was originally from the town of Westfield, NJ. In the movie, you could actually see some of Westfield landmarks. In fact, around Halloween, Westfield has an Addamsfest where there are people who dress up like the characters.

The other features are pretty cool:

There’s a charade game you can play with Thing. He’s actually quite good!

There are deleted scenes and something they called Life of a Scene. It was pretty cool as you see how a scene goes from drawing for final animation. 

Welcome To The Family which talks about the characters.

Addams Family Throwback which shows how the creators took from the original comic and added to the film. 

And finally and some music videos.

Overall this was a fun movie. Definitely, one you can watch more than once!

 

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.