The Addams Family (2019 film)

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

The Addams Family
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay byMatt Lieberman
Story by
  • Matt Lieberman
  • Erica Rivinoja
  • Conrad Vernon
Based onThe Addams Family
by Charles Addams
Starring
Music by
Edited byDavid Ian Salter
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11) (United States)
Running time
86 minutes[3]
CountriesUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish
Budget$24 million[4]
Box office$204 million[4][5]

The film was theatrically released in the United States and in Canada by United Artists Releasing and in international and in home media by Universal Pictures on October 11, 2019. It received mixed reviews from critics for its narrative and screenplay, though the performances and animation were praised, and grossed $204 million on a $24 million budget.

A sequel is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021.

PlotEdit

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

Thirteen years later, the Addams family continue to live 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 the mansion after a balloon and confetti appear on their property, and as the fog surrounding it begins to lift.

Elsewhere, reality TV host Margaux Needler, who is building a perfect planned community called "Assimilation" so her show will have a successful season finale, 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. Grandmama arrives at the house for the event.

At school, Wednesday defends Parker and her twin friends Layla and Kayla from the school bully named Bethany and befriends them after she resurrects some dead frogs and commands them to attack Bethany. 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 both of their mothers, with Margaux vowing to destroy the Addamses. After an argument with Morticia, Wednesday decides to run away in secret and stay with Parker for a while, which Pugsley inadvertently tells Morticia.

As Cousin Itt arrives at the Addams Family house, Wednesday and Parker discover a secret room under Parker's house revealing that Margaux has planted hidden cameras in every house she designed in town. She has been spreading rumors about the Addamses through social media, claiming that they are freaks. Margaux catches the two and locks them in the attic, but Wednesday breaks them out. Margaux rallies an angry mob to attack the mansion just as the entire Addams clan arrive for Pugsley's Mazurka.

During the Mazurka, Pugsley fails in front of the whole family, but Gomez admits he forgot to let him be who he is. The mob arrives flinging boulders, severely damaging the mansion and trapping the family inside. Pugsley uses his love of bombs and destruction to defend his family and manages to destroy the mob's trebuchet. Wednesday and Parker join in and help everyone out of the wreckage safely with help of the living tree Ichabod.

As Margaux tries to take control once more, her treachery is revealed by Parker. They see that the Addamses are not monsters, but a family, as Wednesday and Parker states that everyone is weird in their own unique way, revealing that Margaux has been spying on Assimilation's civilians by putting hidden cameras in their houses. Margaux's agent Glenn carries a message from the network stating that her show is now cancelled for her crimes thanks to Parker live streaming her tirade against the civilians with her phone. As Fester comes up with a compromise for Margaux, Assimilation's civilians realize the error of their ways.

After they work together to rebuild the mansion, the Addams family and Assimilation's civilians live in peace. Margaux becomes Fester's business partner, selling homes to the other members of the Addams clan, and Pugsley completes his Mazurka.

The film ends with an animated recreation of the intro of the 1964 TV series.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In 2010, after Illumination Entertainment acquired the rights to The Addams Family comics, they began work on the film at Universal Pictures as a stop-motion animation directed by Tim Burton and produced by Chris Meledandri.[6] After development stopped, however, in 2013, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced that they would produce the animated film based on The Addams Family comics, with Pamela Pettler then writing the screenplay.[7][8] In June 2019, it was announced that Bron Creative is co-financing the film with MGM as part of a multi-picture co-financing agreement with the studio.[9] In October 2017, it was announced that the film would be directed and produced by Conrad Vernon. Additionally, Gail Berman, Alex Schwartz, and Alison O'Brien also produced the film. Matt Lieberman wrote the finished screenplay, with story by credit for Lieberman, Rivinoja, and Vernon. The film was animated by Cinesite Studios and Nitrogen Studios with Tabitha Shick overseeing it for MGM.[10][11] In December 2017, it was reported that Oscar Isaac was in talks to voice the role of Gomez Addams in the film.[12] In June 2018, Isaac was officially cast, alongside Charlize Theron, Allison Janney, Bette Midler, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard and Nick Kroll.[13] In July 2018, Aimee Garcia joined the voice cast.[14] In August 2018, Elsie Fisher was added as well.[15] In November 2018, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short were added as Morticia's parents,[16] In August 2019, Snoop Dogg, Tituss Burgess, and Jenifer Lewis joined as Cousin Itt, Glenn, and Great Auntie Sloom, respectively.[17]

Music and soundtrackEdit

Migos, Karol G, Snoop Dogg, and Rock Mafia recorded a song for the film called "My Family", which was released on September 13, 2019 and plays during the end credits; while Christina Aguilera released the song "Haunted Heart" from the film's soundtrack on September 27, 2019, which plays in the film's opening.[18] HeathisHuman created an updated version of Vic Mizzy's original theme song that plays at the film's ending.[19]

ReleaseEdit

Theatrical releaseEdit

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.[15] It was previously set for October 18, 2019[20][12] before being moved up to October 11, 2019 to avoid direct competition with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.[21]

MarketingEdit

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer launched the film with a global promotion partner campaign worth $150 million, their largest ever outside the 007 franchise.[22] They spent a total of $72 million on prints and advertisements for the film.[23]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment digitally on December 24, 2019, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release on January 21, 2020.

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The Addams Family grossed $100 million in the United States and Canada and $103 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $203 million.[4][5] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $76 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues.[23]

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Gemini Man and Jexi and was projected to gross $28–30 million from 4,007 theaters in its opening weekend.[24] 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.[25] It made $16.3 million in its second weekend, $12 million in its third and $8.2 million in its fourth, finishing fourth, third and sixth, respectively.[26][27][28]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 44% and an average rating of 5.29/10, based on 154 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."[29] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[30] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported that surveyed children and parents gave it 4 and 3.5 out of 5 stars, respectively.[25]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 HMMA Award Best Original Song – Animated Film
("Haunted Heart")
Christina Aguilera (written and performed by)
Antonina Armato (written by)
Tim James (written by)
Nominated

SequelEdit

On October 15, 2019, it was announced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that a sequel entitled The Addams Family 2 is scheduled to be theatrically released on October 22, 2021, Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan return to direct it, while Cinesite Studios and Nitrogen Studios return to animate it.[22][31][32] On October 8, 2020, Bill Hader and Javon "Wanna" Walton joined the cast, Hader plays a new character named Cyrus, while Walton replaces Finn Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley, it was moved up two weeks to October 8, 2021.[33] On January 21, 2021, it was moved up one week to October 1, 2021.[34]

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