Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz (VOICES)
Release Date: January 21, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back in their first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, The Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.
That creepy, kooky family we all can’t help but love returns, this time in a new animated adventure for the whole family! ‘The Addams Family’ joins The Addams’s as they are run out of town by the current townsfolk. No strangers to such occurrences, the family promptly packs up and heads to New Jersey to start again, even picking up a new friend and butler in Lurch along the way. After finding their dream (or nightmare) home, the family settles down for a quiet new life until an ambitious real-estate agent intent on reinvigorating the entire nearby area sets her sights on the Addams’s and their unappealing home, believing it to be the one thing that send her plan spiraling. Now the family must decide whether to stand up to the woman and try to keep their home or move on once again from the place they love.
This new animated ‘The Addams Family’ movie is a fantastic and refreshingly fitting new take on the lovable yet kooky family, even taking things back to the beginning to allow us a glimpse at how the family met Lurch on the way to discovering their ghoulish dream home. Loaded with off color humor and properly odd gags, it serves up all of the strange fun we expect from the family while doing much of in it a causal enough manner to both keep things quite family friendly while also offering some fun tidbits for the older viewers to appreciate along the way. Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon who do a great job guiding along the offbeat humor and fun, this new animated take on the family also features a noteworthy voice cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney and Snoop Dogg along with more who each do a solid job for the most part in their respective voice roles and help to make this new adaption work so well. I would strongly encourage fans of ‘The Addams Family’ and their various iterations over the years to try and go out of your way to check out this new animated film if you haven’t already had the pleasure. It’s a wonderfully fun, funny and subtly twisted little ride that does a magnificent job of bringing these characters back in a fitting and quite faithful manner, while also managing to make it suitable for nearly all ages without ever abandoning the family’s weird and offbeat nature.
Overall, ‘The Addams Family’ is a clever, hilarious and beautifully crafted portrayal of our favorite oddball family that constructs its own take on the infamous characters while still remaining faithful to the previous interpretations over the years (as well as their comic origins) and delivers an incredibly fun new adventure for the whole family. This new animated feature film of ‘The Addams Family’ is highly recommended. For those that may be understandably hesitant to drop the funds on a blind purchase of the Blu-ray release prior to seeing the film, it should at least prove well worth the price of a rental, and will likely also make a great family movie night selection thanks to its ability to incorporate something for nearly everyone within.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Addams Family’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful as a whole and provides a sharp, vividly colored and richly detailed presentation from start to finish that suffers no notable faults or issues throughout. It holds up beautifully even during the various darkly lit, heavily populated and fast moving sequences, never resulting in anything occurring onscreen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a top notch high definition video presentation that delivers splendidly across the board and shouldn’t disappoint in any way.
The Blu-ray release features a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic and offers a smooth, clean and consistently active audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly utilizes all seven available channels in order to send music, various effects including swords and explosives, along with dialogue, nature elements and much more throughout the various speakers quite regularly and never allowing any dialogue or other audio activity that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a wonderful 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that perfectly complements the onscreen fun and should easily please the fans as well as newcomers.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Addams Family’ features some brief, yet amusing extras for the entire family. Included on the release are ‘Deleted and Extended Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 6 minutes in length altogether), in addition to an animated game of ‘Charades with Thing’ (running approximately 3 minutes in length) and a few behind the scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes looks at bringing the film to life and more. They include: ‘Life of a Scene’ (running approximately 2 minutes), ‘Welcome to the Family’ (approximately 6 minutes) and ‘Addams Family Throwback’ (1 minute). ‘2 Lyric Videos’ are also included: “Haunted Heart” (approximately 3 minutes) and “My Family” (1 minute).