Addams Family Reunion is a 1998 American comedy horror film based on the characters from the cartoon created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Directed by Dave Payne, the film was intended to serve as a pilot for a new proposed television series produced by Saban. The film stars Daryl Hannah and Tim Curry as Morticia and Gomez Addams respectively while Carel Struycken and Christopher Hart's hand are the only ones to reprise their roles from the last two films. The film's plot focused on the eccentric, macabre aristocratic Addams family mistakenly arriving at the wrong family reunion and encountering a man (Ed Begley Jr.) who seeks to commit murder in order to inherit a fortune.
Discovering that his grandparents have developed \"Waltzheimer's disease\", a disease that is slowly turning them \"normal\", Gomez plans a family reunion, hoping that some branch of his enormous family tree will find a cure. However, Gomez sends a card written in blood, which damages the machines of the company organizing the reunion and results in the Addams receiving the wrong invitation.
Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Lurch, and the grandparents drive to a luxury resort for the family reunion. Gomez meets psychiatrist Dr. Philip Adams, who plans to poison his wealthy father Walter Adams and rearrange his will. Gomez hopes that Dr. Adams can cure his grandparents.
Philip's brother and his wife, who are headed to the reunion, are given the wrong address and end up in the Addams family mansion, where Granny and Cousin Itt are staying. They stay there as guests, but are increasingly abused by their hosts. Granny learns that the wife is vegetarian, so she feeds her with a plant: deadly nightshade. Cousin Itt plays poker with the husband, and wins over most of the man's fortune.
Pugsley falls in love with Gina Adams, a young bespectacled girl. Wednesday antagonizes two of her new snobby \"cousins\", children of Philip. Lurch saves Gina's mother from drowning in the swimming pool. He falls in love with the woman, while she is disgusted with him. Walter Adams expresses his hatred for his son and most of his family. Fester and Thing do their best to capture Butcher, Fester's mutated puppy who feeds on human hair.
Walter Adams has taken a liking to Gomez, and posts bail for him and Morticia. He helps them rescue Lurch, who then helps rescue the rest of the family. Pugsley and Wednesday were in the process of torturing their foster family, but are happily reunited with their parents. The Addams Family strap Philip in his own electric chair, and have him tortured by his patients.
The Addams Family eventually return to their mansion, and leave their increasingly \"normal\" grandparents in the care of Philip's wife. Wednesday amuses herself with lighting fireworks, while Pugsley seems melancholic. Gomez asks him if he misses Gina, but Pugsley is instead sad because he forgot his \"Siberian firecracker\" back at the foster family's house.
According to Payne, Saban had purchased the rights from Charles Addams' estate, and he felt he could start fresh and create a dark fantasy film, comparing the approach he wanted to take as director to the Coen brothers. However, Payne says, Saban wanted him to imitate Barry Sonnenfeld's films and the 1964 TV show, and any original idea proposed by Payne and the screenwriters was rejected. In addition to the film lacking the previous entries' black comedy, Nathan Rabin also said that Addams Family Reunion has little of the anarchic satire of the Sonnenfeld films; according to Rabin, the only satirical aspect of the film is that the \"normal\" Adams family, whose reunion the Addamses mistakenly attend, \"turns out to be far more devious, conniving, and evil than the morbid but basically good Addams clan\".
Gomez (Tim Curry) and Morticia Addams (Daryl Hannah) are horrified to discover that Grandpa (Kevin McCarthy) and Grandma Addams (Estelle Harris) have a rare disease that is slowly turning them \"normal\". The only chance they have of curing them is to organize a family reunion, hoping that someone knows a home remedy. Unfortunately, due to a printing error, the family arrives at the reunion of an ordinary family named Adams (with one D). While Gomez and Morticia, oblivious to the mistake, search for a cure amongst a family divided by the wish to inherit; Pugsley (Jerry Messing) and Wednesday (Nicole Fugere) are busy making new friends...explode; Uncle Fester (Patrick Thomas) and Thing (Christopher Hart) search for a vicious Chihuahua that lives on human hair; and Lurch (Carel Struycken) falls in love. Meanwhile, a couple going to the reunion are given the wrong address and end up at the Addams mansion, where Grandmama (Alice Ghostley) and Cousin Itt (Phil Fondacaro) are staying. No one's life will ever be the same.
Comedy horror starring Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah as the heads of the creepy, cooky clan. When Gomez and Morticia learn that Grandpa and Grandma Addams are slowly becoming more \"run-of-the-mill\", they arrange a family get-together in the hope of finding the duo a successful home remedy.
Even the Addams family themselves would be turning in their graves over this one. Carel \"Lurch\" Struycken aside, none of the original stars of the excellent first two films is back for this cheap TV-movie cash-in. Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah take on the Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston roles with enthusiasm, but they can't do anything with the unfunny, childish script, and their spirited performances are further hampered by the slapdash special effects. Talented supporting players such as Ed Begley Jr and Kevin McCarthy are also wasted. The story finds the Addams causing mayhem at a reunion for the more normal members of the family, while two grasping relatives come unstuck when they sneak into their decaying mansion. It's marginally better than the appalling new TV series - but only just.
\"Uncle Fester is incorrigible and, except for the good nature of the family and the ignorance of the police, would ordinarily be under lock and key... the eyes are pig-like and deeply embedded... he likes to fish, but usually employs dynamite... he keeps falcons on the roof which he uses for hunting... his one costume, summer and winter, is a black great coat with an enormous collar... he is fat with pudgy little hands and feet.\" -Charles Addams
In the 1960s television series, Uncle Fester (played by Jackie Coogan) is Morticia's uncle. In one episode, he became perplexed when asked his last name, suggesting that he has none or has somehow forgotten it. In several episodes, Uncle Fester refers to the Addams lineage as if it were his own, but the flashbacks in the episodes \"Morticia's Romance, Parts 1 and 2\" clearly establish him as Morticia's maternal uncle, being the brother of her mom, Granny Frump. In various episodes, he was a partner in typical sitcom schemes with Gomez, Morticia, or Grandmama, indicating no real preference for any family member over others.
Uncle Fester's known ancestry dates back to his great-grandfather, Blob (not to be confused with Gomez's Cousin Blob, a two-headed ghost), who received the gift of a sacred ruby after he had pried it from the head of a Hindu (whom it was giving a terrible headache). The ruby remained in the family until Fester unthinkingly used his slingshot to hurl it at a yowling stray cat. \"It was the only rock in the house!\" he said in his defense.
Uncle Fester has also offered contradictory information about his educational background. In the sitcom's first episode, he notes that he never went to school (\"And look how well I turned out!\"), but he later claims to have failed recess three times. After becoming an adult, Uncle Fester took correspondence courses in various subjects, and his educational endeavors occasionally formed an episode's main plot. It may have been from one such course that he obtained his fraternity paddle, which he once threatened to use on Wednesday in imitation of his father's punishment style; however, like many an uncle, Uncle Fester proved to have more bark than bite in dealing with the children. When he suspects someone of maligning, cheating, or otherwise mistreating anyone in the family, Uncle Fester is ever ready with his blunderbuss, \"Genevieve,\" eager to \"shoot 'em in the back!\" However, he is far less eager to meet a malefactor in a face-to-face duel; he was briefly enthusiastic about a pistol duel with an enemy until he asked, somewhat timidly, \"Does he get one too Loaded\"
In the first animated series by Hanna-Barbera, Jackie Coogan reprised his role as Uncle Fester. In the second animated series by Hanna-Barbera, Uncle Fester was voiced by Rip Taylor. In this series, Uncle Fester is perhaps the most loving of self-inflicted injury. He would allow other members, usually Lurch, to harm him anyway they can, but his greatest fondness was blowing himself up. Uncle Fester and Granny don't get along. As a running gag, Uncle Fester would never believe Granny Frump's predictions until she predicts something that causes him great harm, or in his case, great joy. Uncle Fester also is very fond of the Addamses' next door neighbor, Norman Normanmeyer, a boring person controlling an underwear empire, who hates the Addams family for their strangeness and on an occasion, Uncle Fester comes on a visit Norman's family through the sewer pipes. Uncle Fester seems quite oblivious to the matter that Norman hates him and, possibly due to the Addams family nature, thinks that all the angry, aggressive outbreaks are a sign of sympathy. Uncle Fester also has a self-made comic books, called \"Festerman\", a gothic hero with a weakness to chimneys, who gives his flying cape to enemies upon request so as to fall and would bring villains to their knees and simply by enjoying all the harm they would give him to the point of wearing them out. During this series, he is given a musical-type episode about the \"Fester Way\", his own, strange way of life.