The ideal ‘eccentric’ American family is back in a creepy, kooky and hilarious new animated feature hitting theatres just in time for Halloween on October 11.
One of the most original and subversively droll set of comedic characters will soon invade our local movieplex, as MGM’s animated comedy, The Addams Family, hits theatres on October 11. As the catchy 60s TV show theme song aptly reveals, “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the Addams Family.” The first family of Halloween, this collection of monstrous but quintessentially “normal” oddballs is back on the big screen; funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.
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Starring Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester and Snoop Dogg as “IT”, The Addams Family is directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, who also co-directed the 2016 R-Rated romp, Sausage Party, from Matt Lieberman’s screenplay based on Charles Addams’ cartoon series. The film is produced by Vernon with Gail Berman, via her shingle The Jackal Group, and Alex Schwartz. It is executive produced by Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, and Joe Earley. CG animation and digital visual effects production is being handled by Cinesite in their Vancouver studio. The film also stars Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Titus Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, Elsie Fisher and Aimee Garcia.
The Addams Family is a satirical inversion of the ideal American family: an eccentric, wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware that people find them bizarre or frightening. They originally appeared as an unrelated group of 150 single panel cartoons by Addams, about half of which were originally published in The New Yorker between debuting in 1938 and Addams' 1988 death. They have since been adapted to other media, including the well-known television series, a series of live-action films, and most recently a Broadway musical.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.