The Addams Family tackles xenophobia

The Addams Family is back in cinemas, tackling themes like xenophobia, ostracism and the value of non-conformity.  
In The Addams Family, the eponymous clan moves into a new home in New Jersey after being shunned elsewhere, but continues to be snubbed.
In The Addams Family, the eponymous clan moves into a new home in New Jersey after being shunned elsewhere, but continues to be snubbed.PHOTO: UIP

The macabre clan may have been created in the 1930s, but the themes of otherness and acceptance remain relevant today

The Addams Family are back and just in time for Halloween.

But the newest comedy celebrating the adorably macabre clan - an animated film opening in Singapore today - takes on some pretty weighty issues, including xenophobia and the pitfalls of social media.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2019, with the headline 'The Addams Family tackles xenophobia'. Print Edition | Subscribe