The Addams Family (2019)

Not content with having skinned Garfield, shelled Peanuts and reimagined Calvin and Hobbes as Hobbs and Shaw, Hollywood sets its hungry gaze on The Addams Family.

This animated Addams outing sees the family driven out of town by an angry mob, and after seeing this film I don’t blame them. The kooky clan relocates to New Jersey, where a reality TV host (Allison Janney) attempts to get rid of them. Reality TV and social media have as much place in The Addams Family as Meghan Trainor does in Peanuts (yeah that happened), turning the ultimate nonconformists into generic kids fare.

Directed by Sausage Party‘s Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the glossy, weightless animation feels worlds away from Charles Addams’ beautiful rendering and unique perspective. As in the live-action versions Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) is the star, but the well-developed production design and politics have been replaced by jokes that don’t click (click) and a Snoop Dogg song; presumably part of his contract since he supposedly plays Cousin Itt, his voice as digitally falsified as the rest of the movie.

Despite a strong voice cast (including Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac and Eighth Grade‘s Elsie Fisher), the bland story and ghastly animation (in a bad way) form a soulless husk about which the best that can be said is the closing trap remix of the theme song is drowned out by the sound of Charles Addams spinning in his grave.

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