MGM has revealed the full cast and plot for its upcoming animated Addams Family film, along with the first official artwork.
The Addams Family originated in a series of single panel cartoons published in The New Yorker in the 1930s, but have since taken on most media forms, including cartoons and live-action TV shows and films. Now, the Addams’ are getting the big screen animation treatment, with Sausage Party directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon at the helm.
We previously reported that Oscar Isaac – who has long been the fan-favourite pick to play the Addams family patriarch – would be voicing Gomez in the film, and now, months later MGM has finally released more information on the project.
According to the press release, the voice cast of The Addams Family includes Charlize Theron as the Addams matriarch Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz as daughter Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as son Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, Bette Midler as Grandma Addams, and Allison Janney as Margaux Needler, the family’s “arch nemesis.” Let’s be honest here, this cast would have been perfect in a live-action film as well as this animated venture.
Also released was the following synopsis, as well as character descriptions:
“Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, this animated action-comedy will follow the Addams family whose lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a crafty reality-TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration, Addams-style.
Morticia, devilishly devoted to her husband and children, is the pale glue that holds her clan together. Gomez, debonair, sinister and passionately in love with his wife, is enthusiastic about whatever dreadful scheme he’s cooked up. Wednesday is a brilliant and sinister teenage girl with long braids and dead-pan wit. Pugsley, a menacing 10-year-old on over-drive, enjoys getting into any kind of dreadful mischief he can find. Mad Uncle Fester is good natured, merry and likes to create mayhem any way he can. Grandmama is smitten with her grandchildren who enjoy her cookies shaped like bats and skulls. Margaux Needler, the reality TV makeover queen, is consumed with a desire for absolute suburban, pastel perfection.”
It seems that the film will also deal with the origin of the family, as Vernon (in his own statement) explicitly said that the film will “tell the story of how Gomez and Morticia meet, find their house and start their family.” He added that the original New Yorker drawings from Charles Addams served as the main inspiration for the aesthetic of the film, which he promises will take a “unique approach” to the story.
The Addams Family is slated for release on October 11th, 2019.