MGM has released the first trailer for the new The Addams Family movie. This is an animated feature-length adaptation of the classic characters, who originally debuted as single-panel cartoons in The New Yorker in 1938. Since that time, they’ve been turned into a live-action TV series, a TV movie, and most recently a pair of live-action films in the 90s from director Barry Sonnenfeld.
This new animated feature incarnation hails from Sausage Party directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, but you wouldn’t really know it judging by this trailer. It very much feels like this is aimed squarely at kids, with pretty light/obvious jokes and an It reference that falls flat on its face. The voice cast is impressive—Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron are Gomez and Morticia, respectively—so maybe this is a pleasant surprise in the making. But I have to admit, as a huge fan of Sonnenfeld’s take on the characters, I’m quite disappointed by the trailer for this new film.
Check out the new Addams Family movie trailer below. The voice cast also includes Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Bette Midler as Grandmama, and Allison Janney as the family’s arch nemesis Margaux Needler. The Addams Family opens in theaters on October 11th.