There’s a rule of thumb about sequels that come out too soon upon the heels of their predecessors, that those sequels won’t be all that good, because they were rushed. Sometimes this holds true and sometimes it doesn’t, but overall it’s accurate more often than not. It’s why I was so late coming to all the SAW sequels. A new one coming out every year? Couldn’t be a good sign. And going back to the day, look at the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies, which largely followed that schedule. I loved those movies ridiculously much, but let us be honest, how many of them were actually *good* movies?

It felt like THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 was rushed, although it took two years and that’s normally a respectable period between movie and sequel. Maybe because it’s an animated feature and you just expect animated films to take longer. But I’d hoped that the quickness with which the studio got this one into theaters wouldn’t be an indicator of its overall quality. Only it kinda is.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 isn’t a bad film. It just isn’t as good as the first one. The original was delightful, poignant and fun. This one is largely just fun. It lacks the heart of the first one. It’s aimed more for the kiddies. There’s nothing wrong with that, as kids are the target audience, but kids like me, over the legal drinking age, will be disappointed if they go in hoping for an experience identical to viewing the first film. This one is a good kid’s movie. The first one was a good movie, period. See the difference?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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