MGM’s animated movie take on The Addams Family is now slated to hit screens in October 2019, just in time for the Halloween season. The Addams Family has quite the long history as a franchise, beginning life as a series of print cartoons by creator Charles Addams, many of which were published in The New Yorker. While setting the foundation, the cartoons were short, and the characters weren’t even given names.
What really established The Addams Family in pop culture was the 1964 launch of their namesake TV series, which ran for two seasons and 64 episodes before signing off in 1966. Despite this short run, the series has lived on via reruns and home video, especially the portrayals of Addams parents Gomez (John Astin) and Morticia (Carolyn Jones). While the creepy and kooky clan would continue popping up here and there on TV, their next big moment was in 1991, when director Barry Sonnenfeld adapted The Addams Family into a feature film.
A success with both audiences and critics, Sonnenfeld’s Addams Family was helped along by some great casting – including the late Raul Julia as Gomez, Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, and a young Christina Ricci as daughter Wednesday – as well as some deliciously dark comedic gags. Sonnenfeld and cast returned for 1993 sequel Addams Family Values, which critics tended to enjoy even more, although it wasn’t as big a smash at the box office. Now, MGM is preparing to give the world an animated version of The Addams Family, and Deadline reports that the film will hit theaters on October 11, 2019.
This new animated look at the lives of The Addams Family is directed by Conrad Vernon, co-helmer of such animated hits as Shrek 2 and Sausage Party. The script was penned by Monster House writer Pamela Pettler, although some revisions were made by Matt Lieberman. Production on the film began this past October. It’s unknown at this juncture what the story will actually be about, but Oscar Isaac has reportedly entered talks to voice Gomez. Isaac can of course currently be seen playing Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Addams Family has been animated before, but the prior instances were on TV. From 1973-1975, NBC aired an animated series starring the titular family, although instead of entertaining guests at their spooky abode, it saw them hit the road in a large RV. A second animated Addams Family series appeared in 1992, following the success of the first Sonnenfeld movie. Amusingly, original TV series actor John Astin returned to voice Gomez.
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