‘Addams Family’ benefits from modernization, star-studded cast

Fallon Manzella-McReady, Staff Reporter

The newest installment of the ‘Addams Family’ franchise is its first animated movie, boasting yet another star-studded cast in its fourth film installment.

The movie, for one, is carried by its voice lineup, which includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard (from “Stranger Things”), Charlize Theron, Bette Midler and Snoop Dogg. Yes, Snoop Dogg. The movie’s homecoming, coming-of-age story resounds with its audience.

Pugsley, the son of Morticia and Gomez, previously played by Jimmy Workman in the 1991 and 1993 live- action movies and now voiced by Finn Wolfhard, is one of the first characters we see. Currently he’s dealing with the stress of practicing for his Mazurka, a right-of-passage sword-dance that all Addams boys have to perform. With his Mazurka only days away, he’s worried that he’ll disappoint his dad.

Christina Ricci played Wednesday in the 1991 and 1993 live-action renditions, but the newly-animated character is now voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz. While Puglsey feels the weight of family expectations, Wednesday is breaking away from the ‘norm’ of her family and exploring the world beyond the gate in Middle School.

This movie is different from its

predecessors in more ways than the obvious: it’s animated. This movie focuses less on its past protagonist Uncle Fester, and more on the kids’ journeys of self-discovery and finding their place in the wide world they live in.

A lot of the plot is the same, just gently modified to appeal to the modern palette, and for the newer generation of fans.

For instance, instead of an uncle- imposter, the new antagonist is a pseudo-reality TV house-flipper named Margaux with an addiction to the spotlight and subpar parenting skills to her daughter, Parker, that later becomes Wednesday’s first friend in Middle School. Margaux is yet another modification made to appeal to modernity, with the behind-the- scenes of the smiling, happy celebrity. The internet takes a large part in the plot as well.

Even with the modified plot, the message stays the same. “The Addams Family” movies have always been about the prosecution of the different, odd and spooky, the greed of the outside world, and most of all, family. This movie’s long history of TV shows, reboots, films, musicals and short films have all made a legacy that makes the movie feel familiar even if you’ve never seen one.