Although The Addams Family seems to be a film tailor-made for the talents of Tim Burton - who was approached but turned it down for other commitments - but it might be a good thing Burton didn't direct. Barry Sonnenfeld keeps the film balanced and holds on to a slight sense of realism surrounding the wacky macabre family and their antics. The late Raul Julia holds form as Gomez Addams, channeling the manic energy and sheer madness of the character made famous by John Astin in the 60s television series. As Morticia, his Gothic love, Angelica Huston is marvelous. The entire cast is rounded out well with Cristina Ricci as the somber young Wednesday, Jimmy Workman as Pugsley, Judith Malina as Ma-Ma, and Carel Struycken serving as great background decorations as the befuddled butler, Lurch. But the real attraction, and the focal point of the plot here, involves Uncle Fester.
Fester, played by Christopher Lloyd, first appears as Gordon, son of the vindictive Abigail Craven (Elizabeth Wilson) . Abigail is intent on getting her hands on the Addams' fortune and, teaming up with the hapless Addams lawyer Tully (Dan Hedaya), uses Gordon to impersonate Gomez's long-lost brother, Fester. Of course we realize Gordon is, in fact, Fester, and an accident left him without a memory when he was taken in by Abigail. Coming to this realization takes a great deal of time for Fester.