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'The Addams Family' Lines Up A Perfect Voice Cast, Yet Continues To Not Be Live-Action

By Tori Preston | Film | June 5, 2018 |

By Tori Preston | Film | June 5, 2018 |

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The Addams Family is a wonderful franchise that has hosted some incredible talent. Seeing a New Yorker cartoon turn into a beloved TV show starring a pitch-perfect John Astin and Carolyn Jones would have been impressive enough, but now it exists side-by-side with an unforgettable movie series starring the incomparable Raúl Juliá and Anjelica Huston. Add in the other animated series and revivals which have occurred over the years, and it’s clear that there is something about that creepy, kooky family which never goes out of style.

(hint: it’s the snapping)


Which is why, unlike most of the reboots coming down the pipelime, I’m actually delighted to hear that there is another iteration of The Addams Family in the works — an animated film from Sausage Party co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, slated for release October 11, 2019. But as you know, finding the right people to play Gomez and Morticia is the trickiest part, and that’s where this new adaptation has taken a step in the absolutely right direction.

Because they’ve locked down Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron.


I know.



(I never thought I’d say this, but it’s all thanks to movies like Sucker Punch and Suburbicon that I now know just what Isaac would look like with that thin Gomez ‘stache)

The rest of the voice cast is equally great: Bette Midler as Grandmama, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, and Allison Janney as the Addams’s arch nemesis, a reality-TV host named Margaux Needler.

Now that I think about it, it’s actually disappointing that this is only going to be an animated film. I mean, I pay to see that cast in a live-action film but I guess I should be thankful for what I can get…


Anyway, here’s the first look at the animation style:

And uh, here’s Marlee Matlin being a goddamn delight:

Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected]. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba

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