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The New Addams Family - Halloween with the Addams Family

episode 1.1

Canada 1998
produced by
Victoria Woods, Lance H. Robbins (executive), James Shavick (executive) for Shavick Entertainment, Saban Entertainment, Film Incentive B.C., 20th Century Fox
directed by Mark Jean
starring Glenn Taranto, Ellie Harvie, Brody Smith, Nicole Fugere, Betty Phillips, Michael Roberds, John DeSantis, Steven Fox, Jerry Van Dyke, Robert Moloney, Alicia Thorgrimsson, Kevin Michael Perry, Rob deLeeuw, David Fredericks, Suzanne Palmer
screenplay by Robert L. Baird, Kelly Senecal, based on the script by Keith Fowler, Phil Leslie, based on characters created by Charles Addams, music by Barron Abramovitch

The Addams Family, The New Addams Family

review by
Mike Haberfelner

On Halloween, right after Wednesday (Nicole Fugere) and Pugsley (Brody Smith) have been sent out trick-or-treating dressed up as Siskel & Ebert, two burglars (Jerry Van Dyke, Robert Moloney) on the run break into the Addams home, basically to hide from the police - but Gomez Addams, mistaking them for trick-or-treaters and their bag of loot for a Halloween basket, gives them money as treats, so much so that the burglars figure he has plenty more. So they try to persuade him to give up the whereabouts of the money - at which time the other members of the Addams family, Morticia (Ellie Harvie), Grandmama (Bettty Phillips), Uncle Fester (Michael Roberds) and butler Lurch (John DeSantis) join in the fun and insist for the burglars to torture the location of the family fortune out of them - much to the distress of the burglars who are not of the violent kind. However, the Addams only give them bogus locations anyways, luring them from one trap into the next - and then the monster Grandmama wanted to cook for dinner escapes and gives them a super-fright, scaring them right into the arms of the police.


Hot on the heels of the same year's Addams Family Reunion (even if carrying only one castmember, Nicole Fugere as Wednesday, over), there's actually little (but the cast) actually "new" about this first episode - heck, it's even a remake of the original series' episode of the same name. Also apart from that one gets a feeling everything's kept at same old same old. Sure, there's some topical humour in there (including the inspired choice of dressing up Wednesday and Pugsley as Siskel & Ebert for Halloween) and the thing has a more modern look, but other than that (and the introduction of colour of course), no attempts have been made to give this series an individual spin, while somewhat lazy storytelling and an over-emphasis on sight gags make this one ... well, not a total failure, there are some funny bits in here still, but something a bit on the lame side.


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