Hotel Transylvannia brought monsters to animation and showed they could be loved. So it makes sense that animated filmmakers then turned to one of the most famous monster families – The Addams Family. The transition from television and live action films to animated one seems a natural when it comes to this family. They are basically crying out to be turned into colour, crazy looking characters who are voiced by a whack ton of famous actors.
All this is true here and yet like the first Addams Family animated version this one falls short of the mark. Even shorter than the first one. Here Morticia (voiced by Charlize Theron) and Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) are feeling a little blue. That is because they see that their kids are growing up. And quickly. Spending less and less time with their parents. To try to remind them of how fun it is to be a family they come up with an idea for a family vacation.
The kids are less than thrilled with this vacation as it is traveling around, all of them – Wednesday )voiced by Chloe Grace Morestz), Pugsley (voiced by Javon Walton), It (voiced by Snoop Dogg), and Uncle Fester (voiced by Nick Kroll), in the family camper. The last great family hurrah begins more like a whimper.
Don’t get me wrong there are some fun moments to be trawled here in the film by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon and Laura Brousseau (Now that I type their names it makes me think that maybe the problem is too many chefs in this creepy kitchen). Fun adventures and interesting run-ins to keep you diverted for a time. But, in the end, not long enough to make this a good film.
Falls flat despite the best efforts of aforementioned cast and add in the legendary Bette Midler, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn, and big time voice actors in Courtenay Taylor, Conrad Vernon and Brian Sommer. Plus some great animation. Still whatever good feelings you have felt towards the Addams Family are going to be tested here.
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- Courage to be Kooky
- The Addams Family Road Trip Checklist