However cartoonist Charles Addams is remembered, it’s the 1960s TV series based on his work that has real cultural currency.
That show, starring Sean Astin’s dad, bug-eyed John Astin, Carolyn Jones and Jackie Coogan, inspired the hilarious 1990s Barry Sonenfeld films starring the great Raoul Julia, Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, introduced Christina Ricci to the world and gave Christopher Lloyd his third iconic character role.
And now there’s a cartoon, with the voices of Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Snoop Dogg, Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar winner Allison Janney, Titus Burgess, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and…drum role please — the Divine Miss M., Bette Midler.
One thing animation does is allow the characters to get close to the way Mr. Addams himself drew them. See what I mean?
It opens Friday. The old rule used to be, “Be suspicious of any cartoon with TOO dazzling a voice actor cast.”
The preview is a bit late — Wednesday night is a mere 24 hours before OPENING night,.
And then there was this last minute embargo on reviews. Late Thursday afternoon.
You’d think thet’d catch on that these are “warnings” that color the perception of their film pre opening as surely as mixed or negative reviews. But we will see.