October and November did not go exactly as I had planned. Between a friend’s wedding, a dog’s surgery, and a parent’s trip to the hospital, both months were out of kilter. I almost missed entirely our macabre movie annual tradition. It wasn’t until the first week of December that I was able to see the new “Addams Family” movie.
I grew up watching Carolyn Jones and John Aston as Morticia and Gomez Addams. I also embraced Angelica Houston when she stepped into the role of Morticia and adored Raul Julia as Gomez.
I had my reservations about the new movie being animated, but reminded myself that the Addams Family originated with the Charles Addams 1930s New Yorker cartoons. Since that time, the Addamses have inspired two live-action television series, at least two animated television series, several movies, a musical, action figures, a Department 56 Halloween village, and even a Barbie and Ken special edition boxed set. They’ve also played a prominent role at our house.
When my son was about four years old, one Christmas I walked into the den to find that he had stood Batman, Gomez, and Morticia alongside the Holy Family in the Nativity scene on the coffee table. My mother was mortified, but to me the gesture exemplified the innocence of a child.
The new Addams movie is not only visually gorgeous but also has a star-studded voice cast that includes Martin Short, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Charize Theron. Woven into the expected dark humor the Addamses are known for is the message that it’s preferable to be authentic than artificial, to be accepting of others who are different rather than exclusive. It’s also better to see a movie late than never.
At last, I can start assembling the Addams Family chocolate cookie house kit I bought the day after Halloween. It might end up being the dessert that follows our Christmas dinner.
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