The Addams Family – A New Musical CNY Playhouse

Time, however, has been less gracious to the cast. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family- a man her parents have never met.

the addams family 2019 – Ted Cassidy

The Addams FamilyTHE ADDAMS FAMILY, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family- a man her parents have never met. The plot of the new film is great because it shows what the life of the Addams family is like in the 21st century. I like how they are confident with themselves and don’t care what other people think. The conflict was well resolved, but I can’t tell you how without ruining the movie.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Assimilation, USA, reality show star Margaux Needler (Allison Janney) decides that the creepy looking house at the top of the hill has to undergo a makeover (for ratings purposes, of course). When her efforts fail to convince the Addams’ to brighten things up, she opts for another approach – one that uses social media to smear the family and raise the specter of the modern equivalent of pitch forks. The gulf between humans” and monsters” is bridged by Wednesday and Margaux’s goth daughter, Parker (Elsie Fisher, the Eighth Grade girl), who become good friends.

Dark and wicked humour, this film plays better with age and is hilarious. This is one that deserves to be rediscovered in an age of dark tv shows like Lemony Snicket are growing popular on Netflix. The characters are unique and are hilariously sharp with biting humour of the era and great casting. The plot is a little thin but you can ignore this issue as it’s mostly aimed at the characters, the brothers plot to be precise. The bizarre Addams family are placed firmly within reality so it’s this revamp that keeps the storyline from growing old. I have fond memories of this film and Cousin It, is one of the favorite moments of the film. I think this film has grown better with time and deserves a rediscovery, I could imagine watching this film on the big screen if they decided to unleash the vault. 17-07-2017.

Fester is a bald, barrel-shaped man with dark, sunken eyes and a devilish grin. He seemed to carry an electrical charge, as he could illuminate a light bulb by sticking it in his mouth. In the original television series, Fester was Morticia’s uncle. In the 1991 film and all subsequent animated and film media, Fester was Gomez’s older brother. The character played a central role in both of the first two feature films. In The Addams Family, Fester was reunited with the other Addamses after 25 years apart, while The Addams Family Values focused on his relationship with Deborah “Debbie” Jellinsky.

Teddy Lavoie towers over his fellow actors. At 7-foot, 5-inches (with the help of stilts), the Hopkinton High School junior rambles across the stage to open the summoning door in the role of Lurch, the gigantic, monosyllabic ambiguously-undead butler. It’s the first indication for visitors they’ve entered the iconic world of the Addams Family.

Probably the worst Addams Family adaptation, of the ones that I’ve seen. When I say worst, I don’t mean least faithful to the source material, I just mean, the one I personally enjoyed the least. There was still some stuff to like though, and I think if this animated version got a sequel I’d be willing to give it a chance.

From a story perspective, this version of The Addams Family wants autonomy so it starts from the beginning with a prologue showing the wedding of Gomez and Morticia, their flight from an angry mob across the Atlantic to Westfield, New Jersey (birthplace of Charles Addams). They recruit a giant mental patient named Lurch to serve as the butler for their new home – a decrepit former asylum that has been disused for some time. Thirteen years later, we reconnect with the Addams Family, who have settled into their house and started a family. Their son, Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), and daughter, Wednesday, are approaching their rebellious teenage years. The former is on the cusp of his manhood ritual, which will involve a gathering of Addams relations near and far. The first to arrive is Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll), Gomez’s brother. Others will soon follow.

In 1991 and 1993, THE ADAMS family appeared on the big screen with Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston in the roles of Gomez and Morticia. They actually gave the characters a darker look but still kept the loving side of their relationship. Although I adore the original television series, I came to embrace the films because that was the Morticia and Gomez I wanted to see and didn’t even realize it.

In the first movie, the children attended an elementary school and Wednesday was praised for her performance. Both children performed in school plays with their uncle’s help. In the second movie, they are on summer vacation from school.

Like taking a treasured pet to a taxidermist with disappointing results, the personality and spooky-ooky-ness of The Addams Family has been lost in this new outing directed by Sausage Party ‘s Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon – a mostly unfunny family film with depressingly bland character animation. There are plenty of references here to the earlier incarnations: Charles Addams’ original cartoons for the New Yorker, the 1960s TV series and the two movies from the 1990s. But this uncreepy and decidedly unkooky film is a letdown.

It’s all played for laughs, naturally. But at times, the film crosses the line and playfully makes light of more seriously dark spiritual elements. Morticia uses an Ouija board and crystal ball to converse with dead relatives, for instance. And a small ornamental display features bowing, chanting demon worshipers and a rising dark entity.

While The Addams Family isn’t super amazing, it’s a good and fun film for this Halloween season. The new animated movie takes place in the current year. It’s in color, it has cell phones, and the soundtrack is current. However, it still has the humor and the weirdness that we all love.


Morticia Addams (née Frump) was the matriarch of the Addams Family, a slim woman with pale skin, clad in a skin-tight black hobble gown with octopuslike tendrils at the hem. Certain sources suggested she may be some kind of vampire. She adored her husband, Gomez, as deeply as he did her.

Chloë Grace Moretz is daughter Wednesday Addams and her performance is a way for us to connect with the family, but I often winced at the stiffness of Moretz’s delivery. It requires an incredibly light touch to manage the comedy of the absurd and her performance isn’t always on par with the original show.

If recent pop culture fans know The Addams Family at all, they probably remember it as a 1960s TV show, a 2010 Broadway musical, or a set of 1990s movies directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. But the creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky” family actually started life as a series of satirical cartoons drawn by Charles Addams and published in The New Yorker between 1938 and 1988. The hook of the glossy new animated feature about the macabre family is that it returns to the look of those original Addams cartoons, capturing the tentacled train of Morticia’s dress, Gomez’s rotund figure, and Wednesday’s oval face in perfect verisimilitude.

As the leaves change color throughout October, the perky melody of The Addams Family” theme song and its contrasting sinister lyrics play as people get into the Halloween spirit. There’s no denying that The Addams Family is a household name — transcendent of the page and screen, the macabre clan has a perennial place in American pop culture. With this history in mind, any adaptation has a great deal to live up to. With an at-times clever script elevating a derivative plot, 2019’s animated adaptation of The Addams Family” meets expectations by modernizing a classic story for the 21st century, creating a sufficiently amusing narrative that’s appealing to both children and parents alike.

The decision to pitch the film primarily toward those in the 8-10-year old range was arguably a mistake – the subject matter is probably too outdated to enthrall many children and the decision to neuter and sanitize the material will impinge on any nostalgic component. The Addams Family was probably mounted with the hope that it would begin a new era of franchise films for the venerable property. Based on the evidence at hand, that seems unlikely. This feels more like a second-tier animated offering than a major opening and the box office response will likely mirror that.

This animated reboot aims to replicate the original show’s grimly playful vibe. And in some ways it succeeds. But the Ouija board spirit-calls and demon-worship-depicting knick-knacks feel way too spiritually dark, especially in a film aimed at children. Co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan (the duo behind Sausage Party ) do whip up some great single-panel moments, such as when Wednesday shows a school bully that she’s way out of her depth when it comes to torment.

Mildly amusing details are scattered throughout. Take the urn full of cremains the soon-to-be Mrs. Morticia Addams (Charlize Theron) uses as eyeshadow, or the Barbie-esque color coding of the film’s villain, TV remodeling show host Margaux Needler (Allison Janney). There are not quite enough of these to make the movie lively, however. Nor do they make enough of an impact to sustain the viewer through the tedious business of setting up conflicts and imparting lessons. At least the origin story, which sees Gomez Addams (Oscar Isaac) and his new bride chased out of the old country” by torch-wielding villagers on their wedding day, only lasts up through the opening credits.

Put it all together: an amorous marriage, obedient children who played with medieval torture devices, a crazy uncle with a passion of explosives, a giant, monosyllabic butler who legitimately started a dance craze ( The Lurch” was all the rage in 1965 ), all manner of weird creatures like the family pets Kitty Kat the lion and Aristotle the octopus, and the snazziest, snappiest theme song, a Vic Mizzy classic that Charles Addams adored (and MC Hammer later riffed upon ). It added up to… a mildly successful show that was canceled after two years, 64 episodes in total. The Addams Family” did fine in the ratings, ending the first season at #23 in the Nielsens (behind The Munsters”), but it didn’t give the show stability. No official reason was ever given for the quick hook, but 1965 was the year NBC produced all but two of its shows in color, a sea change in broadcast television as the black-and-white era was coming to an end.

The Addams Family was, in its own strange way, the healthiest TV family ever presented. The mother and father are utterly smitten with one another. They dote on their children and pay meticulous attention to their upbringing. The children, for their part, are respectful of their elders but brim-full of curiosity and mischief. The grandmother and uncle are loved and respected. Extended family members are admired and included. The butler shows great devotion to his employers, who repay him by providing a loving family. Thing (whatever it is) is appreciated for his omnipresent helpfulness. And visitors are always welcome and treated with the utmost courtesy.

This new musical, based on the classic Addams’ characters and inspired by the new vintage television series, is an original story of the madcap and macabre Addams family in a satirical comedy about every parent’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family as love triumphs at last on the fateful night when Gomez and Morticia host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.


Parenting issues are the main concern. Daughter Wednesday (voice of Chloe Grace Moretz), draped in gray and black (the family’s preferred hues), longs to expand her horizons and see what lies outside the fence that surrounds their fog-shrouded mansion. Son Pugsley (voice of Finn Wolfhard) is struggling to pass a complex sword ritual required of every Addams male when he reaches a certain age.

Addams’ original cartoons were one-panel gags. The characters were undeveloped and unnamed until the television series production. Comedic mastermind Christopher Lloyd delivered a hilarious performance as Gordon Craven, a.k.a. Uncle Fester, Gomez’s long-lost brother.

While their parents go to war, Wednesday and Margaux’s tweenage daughter become friends. As an act of rebellion against her mother, Wednesday, nicely voiced by Moretz with a bored, been-there-killed-that drawl, connects with her inner optimist. (In one of the film’s best scenes, she comes home from the mall wearing a rainbow-coloured unicorn hair clip to Morticia’s horror: How dare you bring that into my house!”).

Gomez & Morticia: Gomez a devoted husband and father who lives to lavish affection on his wife and indulge his children’s vices. Debonair in his pinstripe suit and is riddled with explosive energy. Morticia, the cool, calm, and collected center of the Addams Family, wears a long, black gown and is the perfect counterpart to her hot-headed husband, Gomez.

After being chased out of their home, the Morticia (Charlize Theron) and Gomez (Oscar Isaac) Addams decide to start over and find a place where no one would bother them landing on a hill in New Jersey. As time goes by the couple have daughter Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) and son Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard) along with Lurch and Thing.

MGM presents a film directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan and written by Matt Lieberman. Rated PG (for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action). Running time: 105 minutes. Now showing at local theaters. The Addams Family’s starry voice cast and eye-catching animation aren’t enough to outweigh its saccharine handling of the delightfully dark source material.

That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos (including everything from an amorous giant squid to mixed-up potions to a scorching tango) ensues.


Thing – A disembodied hand that appears out of boxes and other conveniently placed containers. Gomez’s constant “companion” since childhood, Thing is always ready to assist family members with minor daily services and diversions, such as lifting the receiver on telephones, retrieving the mail, lighting cigars, pouring tea and playing chess. Thing apparently has the ability to teleport from container to container, almost instantly: Thing sometimes appears from different containers at opposite ends of the room within seconds of each other. Though Ted Cassidy would often portray Thing, assistant director Jack Voglin would sometimes portray Thing in scenes where Lurch and Thing appear together. However, Thing was regularly billed as “Itself” in the closing credits.

The show opens with the Addams family revealing Wednesday has come of age. She emerges from a coffin, has her braids cut off and agrees to the family traditions, which includes a mate who must be chosen for his honesty and passion.

Theron as Morticia has the calming voice of a mother on the death side of life. She only wants her family to be terribly unhappy and that means letting go of things a bit. What she learns is that if she is patient, all her fears will be realized. Isaac as Gomez wants Pugsley initiated into the family with tradition but learns that we are all good at some things and not all and perhaps that’s okay too. Both of these are loving parents that only want the worst for their children and I love that about them.

Junior Patrick Quinn shaved his own head to embody the maniacal Uncle Fester. Connor Allen disappears within the floor-length hair of Cousin Itt. The cast also features Erin Donahue as woeful Wednesday, Sienna Mills as the devious Pugsley, and Renee Brogan as quirky Grandma Addams.

Parents need to know that The Addams Family is the latest take on the popular characters who’ve already been the subject of cartoons , a classic TV show , and two early ’90s movies It’s not quite as macabre as its live-action predecessors, but there’s still plenty of dark humor, an emphasis on violence and weapons, and incidents when townsfolk raise arms against the eerie Addamses. Insult language includes words like “freaks,” “monsters,” and “lemmings,” as well as a few Addams family spins on endearments or encouragements (like “do your worst” and “kick your father goodnight”). As always, Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac ) and Morticia ( Charlize Theron ) are presented as caring parents who are very much in love; the movie also promotes acceptance, teamwork, and empathy. Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard co-star as Addams children Wednesday and Pugsley.

The dad, Gomez, was a loony millionaire who loved losing money in the stock market. Morticia, the mom, grew a man-eating plant called Cleopatra. Son Pugsley blew up dynamite caps, and daughter Wednesday played with a headless doll named Marie Antoinette. Spooky? Kooky? One might even say altogether ooky.

Fast forward to 13 years later, with tweens Wednesday and Pugsley happily creating mayhem, or happily unhappily, as Addams family members would never enjoy anything so cheery as happiness. The entire extended family will be arriving in two weeks for the traditional Addams coming-of-age ceremony. It involves an intricate dance with the family scimitar, and Pugsley and Gomez are both worried he will not be able to do it. Wednesday, whose long braids are tied up like nooses, asks if she can try going to the public school, where she makes a friend (“Eighth Grade’s” Elsie Fisher as Parker) and stands up to a mean girl. This interaction with the “normal” world is intriguing, but quickly abandoned.

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