okay so I actually don’t want to be famous anymore
Depth — of characters, of plot — is both possible and necessary in children’s animated films. An allegory of parental abuse especially deserves depth. This film has none of that.
The Addams Family worked because Gomez and Morticia deeply loved their children, A Series of Unfortunate Events worked because it had a redeemable villain. Good and bad are so completely separate in this film that it loses all depth.
The animation style and character design was unique but that hardly excuses the lazy writing. And something about the racial dynamics feels problematic but I’m not sure how to articulate it yet.