Holly on Hollywood – The Addams Family

Holly on Hollywood
“The Addams Family”
by Holly McClure

The Addams Family is an animated comedy starring a family who (as the old theme song says) are “creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, their altogether ooky”. The family of Morticia (voiced by Charlize Theron), Gomez (Oscar Isaac), Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz), Pugsley Addams (Finn Wolfhard), Uncle Fester, Lurch and Thing, move to New Jersey and are eventually joined by the flamboyant and hairy cousin It. But the town where they find a perfectly gloomy haunted mansion becomes disturbed and even frightened by the monster family and their eccentric ways. Additional voices of Bette Midler, Allison Janney and Snoop Dog also star and Christina Aguilera performs the theme song, “Haunted Heart”.

The PG kid-friendly animation is done in a colorful art style that resembles the original artwork by creator Charles Addams in 1938. His macabre black and white cartoon consisted of gothic spooks dressed in black Victorian-era clothing, obsessed with death. To make the movie relative for today, modern scenes were created to appeal to kids humor, like: Pugsley drinking from a doggie bowl on the street, a tree throws Pugsley through a window to entertain Wednesday, Morticia tells her kids, “Don’t forget to kick your father goodnight”, Wednesday enters with a red balloon and Morticia tells her, “There’s usually a murderous clown attached to the other end of these”, (referring to the horror movie, “IT”) and a funny scene where Wednesday dramatically revives a frog (Frankenstein style) in a class dissecting project and several frogs come back to life and scare fellow classmates who run away in fear. I grew up loving the 1960’s black and white TV show with the snappy theme song (after the first four notes it had me snapping my fingers and singing along). To make it relative for today’s audience, messages about family love and togetherness, inclusion, accepting uniqueness in others, unusual traditions, and what it means to be a good neighbor, are mixed with the silly humor. I’ll be curious to see if today’s 21st-century kids and adults, will be entertained by a macabre, off-beat family of gothic cartoon characters with a whacky sense of humor, made famous in the ’60s and ’90s.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative writer, filmographer, radio and television host, author, and pundit for family values, has established her media expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment. Holly was the first ‘family film critic’ syndicated in over 365 newspapers by The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on various media outlets and can now be seen on Uplift TV, Parables movie channel, and thelaundrymoms.com.

In 2002, Holly was asked by Mel Gibson to film the behind-the-scenes interviews for “The Passion of the Christ”. She produced a one hour special, “The Making of The Passion of the Christ”, that aired on TBN and ION. She has since produced numerous press features for various films (The Passion Of The Christ, Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, etc.) and is listed on IMDB .

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother and mentor, passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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