The Addams Family (2019 film)

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The Addams Family
The Addams Family (2019 film).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Matt Lieberman
Story by
  • Matt Lieberman
  • Erica Rivinoja
  • Conrad Vernon
Based on
Starring
Music by
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes[5]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[6]
Box office$40.8 million[7]

The Addams Family is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy horror film based on the comics of the same name by Charles Addams. The film is directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, and stars the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney.

The film was theatrically released in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer through United Artists Releasing and by Universal Pictures internationally on October 11, 2019. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $40 million.

A sequel is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2021.

Plot[edit]

Gomez and Morticia Addams are chased away with the rest of the Addams clan during their wedding ceremony by an angry mob that disapproves of their macabre nature. Gomez and Morticia decide to move to New Jersey, a place where "no one would be caught dead in." There, Gomez, Morticia, and Thing find their "perfect" home in an abandoned and haunted asylum on a hill where they meet Lurch, an escaped mental patient whom they immediately recruit as their butler.

Thirteen years later, the Addams family have since then lived their gloomy lives in isolation from the outside world. Gomez prepares his son Pugsley for his upcoming Mazurka, a rite of passage that every Addams family member takes. Morticia struggles to keep their daughter, Wednesday, from wanting to experience the world outside of the mansion after a balloon and confetti appear on their property.

Elsewhere, reality TV host Margaux Needler, who is building a perfect planned community called "Assimilation," discovers the Addams family's household and becomes determined to rid the town of it when the family refuses to change. Wednesday then meets Margaux's neglected daughter Parker and convinces Morticia to let her attend junior high school. Pugsley struggles with the complicated traditions and pressure of his Mazurka, even with the guidance of Gomez and Uncle Fester.

At school, Wednesday defends Parker from a school bully named Bethany and befriends her. Later on, the two discuss their frustrations and change their dressing habits – Parker becomes more gothic and Wednesday dresses more colorfully – to the shock of their mothers. After an argument with Morticia, Wednesday decides to run away in secret and stay with Parker, which Pugsley inadvertently tells Morticia.

Wednesday and Parker discover a secret room under Parker's house revealing that Margaux has been planting hidden cameras in every house she designed in town and have been spreading rumors about the Addams family through social media. Margaux catches the two and locks them in the attic, but Wednesday breaks them out. Making use of the Insta-Mob app, Margaux rallies an angry mob to attack the mansion just as Grandmama, her sister Sloom, Cousin Itt, and the entire Addams clan arrive for Pugsley's Mazurka.

During the Mazurka, Pugsley fails miserably in front of the whole family, but Gomez reassures him that he is an Addams nonetheless. The mob arrives flinging boulders, severely damaging the house and trapping the family inside. Pugsley uses his love of bombs and destruction to defend his family and manages to destroy the mob's catapult. Wednesday and Parker join in and help everyone out of the wreckage safely with help from the tree Ichabod.

As Margaux tries to take control once more, her treachery is revealed to the people and Wednesday states that everyone is weird in their own unique way. Margaux's agent, Glenn, carries a message from the network stating that her show has been cancelled as Fester comes up with a compromise. Assimilation's civilians realize the error of their ways.

After they worked together to rebuild the mansion, the Addams Family and Assimilation's civilians live in peace. Margaux becomes partners with Fester in selling homes to the other Addams Family relatives. Pugsley passes his Mazurka as Cousin Itt takes a picture of the family.

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The official character designs for the computer-animated Addams Family, based heavily on those of the original comics.

In 2010, after acquiring the rights to the Addams Family comics, the film originally began production at Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment as a stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Chris Meledandri.[8] However, in 2013, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced it would produce an animated film based on the Addams Family comics, with Pamela Pettler writing the screenplay.[9][10] In June 2019, it was announced that Bron Creative would co-finance the film with MGM as part of a multi-picture co-financing agreement with the studio.[11]

In October 2017, it was announced that the film would be directed and produced by Conrad Vernon. Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz would produce the film, and Matt Lieberman would make revisions to the screenplay. The film would be animated by Cinesite Studios, with Tabitha Shick overseeing the film for MGM.[12][13] In December 2017, it was reported that Oscar Isaac was in talks to voice the role of Gomez Addams in the film.[3] In June 2018, Isaac was confirmed for the voice cast, alongside the additions of Charlize Theron, Allison Janney, Bette Midler, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard and Nick Kroll.[14] In July 2018, Aimee Garcia joined the voice cast.[15] In August 2018, Elsie Fisher joined the voice cast.[16] In November 2018, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short were added to the voice cast.[17] In August 2019, Snoop Dogg, Tituss Burgess, and Jenifer Lewis joined the voice cast, as Cousin Itt, Glenn, and Great Auntie Sloom, respectively.[18]

Soundtrack[edit]

On September 27, 2019, Christina Aguilera released the song "Haunted Heart" from the soundtrack of the film. In addition to that, Migos, Snoop Dogg and Karol G sing a song of the film called "My Family", which was released two weeks before.[19]

Release[edit]

The film was theatrically released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer through United Artists Releasing in the United States on October 11, 2019, with Universal Pictures handling the international rights.[16] It was previously set for October 18, 2019[20][3] before moving up to October 11, to avoid direct competition with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.[21]

Marketing[edit]

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer launched the film with a $150 million global promotion partner campaign, the largest outside their 007 franchise.[22]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, The Addams Family was released alongside Gemini Man and Jexi, and was projected to gross $28–30 million from 4,007 theaters in its opening weekend.[23] The film made $9.7 million on its first day, including $1.25 million from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $30.3 million, finishing second behind holdover Joker.[6]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 43% and an average rating of 5.3/10, based on 86 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads: "The Addams Family's starry voice cast and eye-catching animation aren't enough to outweigh its saccharine handling of the delightfully dark source material."[24] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported children and parents gave it 4 and 3.5 out of 5 stars, respectively.[6]

Sequel[edit]

Following its successful opening weekend, a sequel to the film was announced on October 15, 2019, which is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2021.[22]

References[edit]

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  19. ^ Moreland, Quinn (September 13, 2019). "Snoop Dogg and Migos Share New Song for The Addams Family: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
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