Nestled at the intersection of Elm Street and Dudley Ave., in an quiet suburban street in Westfield, New Jersey, is the house that inspired Charles Addams to create the looming, gothic Addams Family Mansion. There’s nothing very remarkable about this house, with its white wood paneling and quaint turn-of-the-century shutters. In fact, it’s as painfully normal. But stare a little longer, and maybe you can see it through Charles Addams eyes: the wood turns a deep black, the shutters slowly become more dilapidated, and a dark cloud casts a shadow over the house.
“This is the house,” longtime Charles Addams expert Ron MacCloskey declared to the group of journalists attending the Westfield junket for the upcoming animated The Addams Family movie. It’s one of several houses that allegedly provided the inspiration for the looming, Gothic mansion seen in The Addams Family TV shows, movies, and comics. “Charles Addams has said he has never drawn the Addams family the same twice. So every cartoon is a little bit different for what the family house looks like,” MacCloskey said.
The house /Film saw with the group of journalists, which we could not enter due to it being private property, was part of a short tour of Charles Addams’ old haunts in Westfield, New Jersey, which is holding its second annual AddamsFest this October. The town had only recently begun to embrace the legacy of this famous cartoonist who was born and raised in the small New Jersey town approximately 20 miles from New York City. But upon the unearthing of a skeletal chalk drawing in a wooden shack (affectionately named “Dudley Addams” after the street it was found), Westfield is becoming significantly creepier and kookier.
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A new trailer for the upcoming computer animated adaptation of The Addams Family arrived just this past week, but audiences outside of the United States are getting a different peek at the creepy, kooky family and their macabre antics. A new international Addams Family trailer shows us much more of how Gomez (Oscar Isaac), Morticia (Charlize Theron), Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz), Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), and Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) shake up their new home in New Jersey. Read More »
The Addams Family hasn’t been on the big screen since 1993, but that was a live-action sequel. This time, The Addams Family is going back to the illustrated roots of the creepy, kooky characters created by Charles Addams all the way back in 1938, but they’ve been given a modern twist thanks to computer animation. But that’s not the only thing bringing The Addams Family into the 21st Century. You’ll find out what we mean with The Addams Family trailer below. Read More »
The internet has been fan-casting Oscar Isaac in an Addams Family reboot for a few years, and now, it’s finally happening! But there’s a catch: we won’t get to actually see Isaac don a pinstripe suit and puff away on a cigar, because the new Addams Family is animated. Bummer. Still, the film has a great voice cast, with an animation style meant to evoke Charles Addams’ classic comic strips. Check out The Addams Family trailer below.
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The 2019 New York Toy Fair is in full swing, and that means we’ll be hearing a ton of new announcements regarding toys and collectibles inspired by your favorite films and TV shows. It should come as no surprise that the folks at Funko have churned out a bunch of new announcements expanding their endless line of Funko POP figures. And some long-awaited franchises will finally be making their vinyl figure debut.
Funko has announced a new wave of The Simpsons POPS, a line that will likely become one of the biggest the company has ever released. The Office fans will be happy to see that the employees of Dunder-Mifflin are also getting a whole like of Funko POPs. And those who still like The Big Bang Theory can finally add more POPs to their collections. But there’s so much more than that from the 2019 Funko POP announcements. Read More »
You couldn’t wish for a creepier and kookier cast than the one in MGM’s upcoming The Addams Family animated movie. And they have some altogether ooky character designs.
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Right now you can see Oscar Isaac taking on the First Order as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But soon the actor will be getting animated for a role that many fans have been wanting to see him tackle for a little while now.
You might remember that The Addams Family was being turned into an animated feature film at MGM with Sausage Party director Conrad Vernan at the helm of the creepy and kooky family comedy. Now the first cast member has been revealed with Oscar Isaac in talks to play Gomez Addams, the mustachioed patriarch of the Addams clan. Read More »
When people are looking for movies to watch during the Halloween season, their eyes are often turned to the Horror genre. But what about the other emotional aspects of what many (including yours truly) considers “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? And more importantly, what about…love?
That’s right, All Hallow’s Eve can be quite the time for some romance to be in the air! From doomed couples to those who found love because of their quirks and oddities, this holiday of monsters and ghouls can be a great time to explore some of cinema’s greatest (and spookiest) romances.
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The Addams Family is about to get re-animated for a feature film by Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon.
That pun is about more than me just trying to get a joke in about the macabre horror-comedy. Though popular culture mostly knows The Addams Family from a pair of darkly comic films from the ’90s starring Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci, the supernatural series has actually been in animated form just as often as it has been depicted by live-action actors. So it’s not the wurst option for The Addams Family to make a return to its animated roots. (Sorry.)
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, watch an animated short about a zombie and his dog living in a post-apocalyptic world. Plus, check out a remix of The Goonies from Eclectic Method, as well as a video essay focusing on the odd trend in cinema of having characters sliding down mountains, water slides, and mud slides in the 1980s and 1990s, and a hypothesis about why it was a phenomenon at the time. Read More »