The Addams Family, a group described as “creepy”, “kooky”, “mysterious”, “spooky”, and “all together ookie”, will be returning to the big screen as an animated movie. The macabre family has enjoyed numerous forms since they were created in 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams for The New Yorker. Their most popular incarnations were the original live-action series, which ran from 1964-1966, and the hit 1991 film starring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Lloyd. The sequel, Addams Family Values, flopped, and the third movie, Addams Family Reunion, went straight-to-video, but the delightfully strange clan made a bit of a comeback with a 2010 Broadway musical. A return to movie theaters is overdue.
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According to Variety, Pamela Pettler, whose credits include Corpse Bride and Monster House, will handle screenwriting duties for MGM’s new adaptation. Over three years ago, Tim Burton planned to direct a stop-motion adaptation with Chris Meledandri’s Illumination, but ultimately that project fell apart. I’m still excited to see The Addams Family return to their cartoonish roots rather than a new live-action adaptation (admittedly, I never saw the short-lived animated series). They’re really fun characters who celebrate outsiders but in a way that’s not self-conscious or overbearing.
For those who have never seen the 1960s TV series opening and heard the classic theme song, check out the video below: