The writer of Addams Family Values says it’s a satire of Bush-era conservatism

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When you think of scathing political satire from the early-90s, the last thing you probably think about is the less successful sequel to the unlikely hit reboot of The Addams Family. But, according to a new oral history of the film from The Hollywood R…

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Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron Lead Cast for Animated ‘Addams Family’

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MGM has unveiled the voice cast for their upcoming animated adaptation of “The Addams Family,” with Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as the heads of the titular family, Gomez and Morticia.

Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard will play Gomez and Morticia’s children, Wednesday and Pugsley, while Nick Kroll will play the zany Uncle Fester and Bette Midler will play Grandmama. Newly minted Oscar winner Allison Janney will play the Addams’ arch-nemesis, Margaux Needler.

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Former DreamWorks director Conrad Vernon will direct the film with Greg Tiernan, with Matt Lieberman writing the script. The film will follow the Addams Family as they prepare for an extended family reunion, only to have their creepy estate intruded upon by a very 21st century antagonist: a reality TV host bent on giving their mansion an HGTV-esque makeover into suburban normality.

“Conrad and Greg are masters of animation with the keen ability to create something both kids and their parents will enjoy for different reasons,” said Jonathan Glickman, President of MGM’s Motion Picture Group. “Adding to that a world class caliber of talent with Oscar, Charlize, Chloë, Finn, Nick, Bette and Allison – we can’t wait to bring their fresh and modern take on The Addams Family to the worldwide audience.”

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Created in 1938 by New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” became a beloved cultural icon for its macabre, satirical take on the American Dream and the image of the suburban family with the white picket fence.

Addams’ New Yorker cartoons became the basis for a 1964 TV series on ABC, which launched “The Addams Family” into pop culture immortality with the series’ iconic, finger-snapping theme song. The show in turn inspired a pair of animated TV series and two feature films in the 1990s, which earned Anjelica Huston a pair of Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Morticia.

Vernon will produce the film with Alex Schwartz and Gail Berman of The Jackal Group. Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi and Joe Earley are executive producers; with Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Executive Director of Worldwide Motion Pictures, overseeing on behalf of the studio. Production is underway at Cinesite Studios in Vancouver.

MGM will release “The Addams Family” on Oct. 11, 2019.

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There’s a new animated Addams Family movie in the works

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13 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies, From ‘Hocus Pocus’ to ‘Goonies’ (Photos)

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Hocus Pocus

Despite being rated PG, “Hocus Pocus” is a classic, iconic Halloween movie, and its cult status has only gained in the 20 years since its release.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Halloween movie? A Christmas movie? Don’t know, but the good thing about this Tim Burton classic is that it can be relied upon all throughout the holiday season.

Ghostbusters (2016)

This remake of the 1980s classic has a phenomenal comedic cast of funny ladies, and luckily, this is one modern reboot that didn’t go the “dark and grounded” route, making it a fun adventure, even for kids born with a smart phone in their hands.

Casper

A family-friendly coming of age tale and a fun, spooky adventure all in one, Christina Ricci

Harry Potter

Does Halloween even exist in the world of Hogwarts? No matter, because this fantasy epic has spawned millions of costumed fans. And since there’s 8 movies, it’s the perfect marathon binge for weekend.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Carnivals are pretty much never not-scary, but this adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s novel is just the appropriate amount of scary for a family movie night.

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Garfield tricking Odie into giving him all his candy is about as scary as this pirate-themed ghost story gets, but it did win the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.

The Halloween Tree

Ray Bradbury narrates this adaptation of his own book of the same name, and it’s an Emmy-winning, fun Halloween romp that’s also a history lesson about the origins of the holiday.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Carnivals are pretty much never not-scary, but this adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s novel is just the appropriate amount of scary for a family movie night.

Goonies

A swashbuckling treasure hunt featuring a rag tag team of kids and a “monster” who helps them is a classic, and Halloween just might be the perfect time to introduce the next generation of fans.

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