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  • Charlize Theron's 3rd Animated Film, after Astro Boy (2009) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).
  • Conrad Vernon's 3rd film not from DreamWorks Animation, after Sausage Party (2016) and The Emoji Movie (2017), the former of which he and Greg Tiernan also directed together. It is also the first of these not to be distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • For many years fans have lobbied for Oscar Isaac to take the role of Gomez Addams, and (prior to this film) when he was asked about the idea, Isaac expressed interest.
  • The third computer animated film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after Igor (2008) and Sherlock Gnomes (2018).
  • Irrelevantly, this is Oscar Isaac and Nick Kroll's first collaboration since Operation Finale (2018), one whole, entire year earlier.
  • Oscar Isaac appeared in Robin Hood (2010) with Danny Huston, whose sister Anjelica Huston played Morticia in the first two live action films.
  • Elsie Fisher's first animated film outside the first two Despicable Me films.
  • Elsie Fisher and Allison Janney both appeared in Despicable Me Films. Fisher was in the first 2 main films as Agnes, and Janney was in the spinoff/prequel film Minions (2015) as Madge Nelson.
  • Nick Kroll's 2nd animated film of 2019, after The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) released 4 months prior.
  • Bette Midler's 3rd time voice acting in a theatrically released film, after Oliver & Company (1988) and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010).
  • The 8th fully CGI Film to be based off of a comic strip, after Over the Hedge (2006), TMNT (2007), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
  • Morticia says there's usually a murderous clown attached to the end of balloons. This is a homage to the horror story "It", and Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley Addams) had starred in the 2017 adaptation.
  • Bette Midler, who voices Granny Addams in this film, had had a hit on Broadway playing Dolly Levi in the musical "Hello, Dolly!" in 2017. Her predecessor was Carol Channing, who was the original Dolly when the musical premiered in 1964 and who voiced Granny Addams in The Addams Family (1992).
  • This is the first animated feature length film adaptation of the Addams Family comics, but the third animated adaptation after The Addams Family (1973) and The Addams Family (1992).
  • Back in 2010, it was announced that Illumination Entertainment, in partnership with Universal Pictures, had acquired the film rights to the Addams Family. The film was planned to be entirely stop-motion animated with the characters based on Charles Addams' original drawings. Tim Burton was set to co-write and co-produce the film, with the possibility to direct as well. In July 2013, however, it was reported that the film was cancelled.
  • The tree near the Addams' house is called Ichabod. This is in reference to Ichabod Crane, the main character in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999). Sleepy Hollow also had Christina Ricci play the love interest of Ichabod: Katrina Van Tassel. Ricci also played Wednesday Addams in both The Addams Family (1991), and Addams Family Values (1993).
  • The character designs of the family are directly inspired from the Charles Addams comics, which portrayed them as more macabre and ghoulish for the sake of black comedy. Notably, Wednesday looks solemn, Pugsley is energetic, and Lurch has only one working eye.
  • Wednesday's braids are tied into nooses, a new style for the character not seen before.
  • Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna's fourth time scoring an animated film, after The Good Dinosaur (2015), Storks (2016), and The Breadwinner (2017), all but the prior film are released theatrically.
  • Thing is a left hand in this version. Unlike previous incarnations when he was usually right. (Save for the 1960s series when he would sometimes change back and forth).
  • Allison Janney's sixth theatrically animated film, after Finding Nemo (2003), Over the Hedge (2006), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), Minions (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
  • Nick Kroll's fifth theatrically released animated film, after Sausage Party (2016), Sing (2016), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), and The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), the prior of which also released in 2019.
  • The last animated film of 2010s to be produced in 1.85:1.
  • Tituss Burgess' 3rd Animated Film, after The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), as well as his first animated film to not be from Sony Animation.
  • Jenifer Lewis's 7th theatrically released animated film, after Shark Tale (2004), Cars (2006), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Cars 2 (2011), Adventures in Zambezia (2012), and Cars 3 (2017), the former of which is also rated PG by the MPAA, as well as her third that's not from Disney.
  • Harland Williams's 5th theatrically released animated film, after Robots (2005), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), and Sausage Party (2016), the prior of which was also directed by Conrad Vernon.
  • Snoop Dogg's third animated film, after Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) and Turbo (2013).
  • Nick Kroll's first PG Rated film to have him not using a different accent from his regular speaking American Accent.
  • In the movie, the family moves to Westfield, New Jersey, where their creator Charles Addams grew up.
  • Mychael Danna's fourth time composing a theatrically released animated film after Surf's Up (2007), The Good Dinosaur (2015), and Storks (2016), all but the former had been co-composed by his brother Jeff Danna.
  • Mychael Danna's first time composing an animated film produced at 1.85:1 since Surf's Up (2007) as well as his first collaboration with his brother Jeff Danna to have that aspect ratio.
  • Bron Studios' first family/animated film.
  • Allison Janney and Catherine O'Hara's 2nd animated film together, after Over the Hedge (2006), which is also based off a comic strip and also has Janney and O'Hara's characters being advisaries to each other.
  • Charlize Theron who voices Morticia Addams in this film was in Monster (2003) with Christina Ricci who played Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991).
  • On September 10th, 2019 it was announced that the movie's soundtrack would contain songs by Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg and Migos, among others. Aguilera's recording, "Haunted Heart", was released as the official single by RCA Records. So was the song "My Family" by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg.
  • Catherine O'Hara's 3rd animated film with a horror setting, after The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Frankenweenie (2012), as well as her first horror themed animated film to not be a stop motion film.
  • Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara (the respective voices of the Frump Grandparents) both had their first time voice acting in a theatrically released film in 1993 in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) respectively.
  • The film marks the first time Pugsley is voiced by a boy in an animated Addams Family media. Prior to this, Pugsley has been voiced by adults.
  • This is the first outing for the Addams of the following: The first animation in 27 years and almost a month since the ABC Saturday Morning show The Addams Family (1992). The first theatrical feature in almost 26 years since Addams Family Values (1993). The first feature in 21 years and 19 days since Addams Family Reunion (1998).
  • Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara 2nd animated film where they voiced a couple, after Frankenweenie (2012) 7 years prior.
  • Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron recorded their lines separately and did not actually meet until doing press for the movie.
  • Finn Wolfhard appeared on Stranger Things (2016) with Sean Astin, whose father John Astin was the original Gomez in The Addams Family (1964).
  • Thing in this incarnation has a single eye strapped to his wrist, a joke relating to questions about how it gets around.
  • Wednesday has a pet octopus named Socrates in the film. In the The Addams Family (1964), the pet octopus was called Aristotle and was owned by Pugsley.
  • The license plate of Gomez and Morticia's car reads "CHAS 1938." Chas was the nickname of "Addams Family" creator Charles Addams, who began his comic in 1938 in the New Yorker newspaper.
  • At one point, Gomez is seen standing on his head. In The Addams Family (1964), Gomez often read the newspaper while practicing his yoga, often using headstand positions.
  • Martin Short, Harland Williams and Conrad Vernon had all been in a Madagascar film . Short was in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) as Stephano the Sea Lion, Williams had been one of the Giraffes in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), and Vernon voiced Mason the Chimpanzee in all of the films.
  • Pugsley's room is filled with various road signs. In The Addams Family (1991), Pugsley was shown to have a hobby of collecting stop signs and various road warning signs.
  • Gomez mentions a relative named Zander who was the black sheep of the family for failing the Mazurka. In Charles Addams's comics, Zander was a college graduate (which still made him the black sheep).
  • The Addams Family coming-of-age ceremony is called the Mazurka, after a lively Polish folk dance.
  • When Wednesday dances, she does the Droop from Lurch's Grand Romance (1966).
  • Rip Taylor, who voiced Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1992), passed away on October 6 2019, five days before this film released.
  • This is Pom Klementieff's second comic-book role, after starring as Mantis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Bette Midler also stars in Hocus Pocus (1993). In both movies, a character assumes the local school is a children's prison.
  • Several family members are taken directly from Chas. Addams cartoons. He man and woman who sneak in behind Auntie Sloom and Slooms attendant appears in Addams original cartoons. The signs in Pugsley's room are a reference to and Addams cartoon. When Morticia is having her seance and tea, there is a statue head behind her at one point that resembles Grandmama: the head looks like an Iron Maiden Grandmama uses as a dress makers dummy in an Addams illustration.
  • While the movie has the theme song of the original show The Addams Family (1964) most of the elements are taken mostly from the The Addams Family (1991) movie series. Uncle Fester is Gomez' brother while in the original show he was Morticia's brother. Wednesday is the older child while in the show show was younger than Pugsley. Furthermore in the show Pugsley had an octopus pet named Aristotle, not Wednesday, whose octopus' name is Socrates. And in the original show it was Morticia who convinced Gomez that Wednesday (and Pugsley) have to go to school, not the other way around, as in this movie.
  • Lurch says his trademark line "You rang" for the first time at minute mark 31:53.
  • Wednesday also wanted to leave the family in the episode Wednesday Leaves Home (1964) of The Addams Family (1964).
  • Six minutes into the movie, while Thing was driving the car. It changes the radio station and the song "Wild Thing" plays.
  • Charlize Theron who voices Morticia Addams in this film was in In the Valley of Elah (2007) with Glenn Taranto who played Gomez Addams in Fox Family's The New Addams Family (1998).
  • The first theatrical non-anime voice acting appearance for Cassandra Lee Morris.
  • Martin Short who voiced Grandpa Frump in this film previously appeared alongside voice actress Debi Derryberry who voiced Wednesday in The Addams Family (1992) in the animated films Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) and Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013).
  • This is Oscar Isaac's third comic-book feature, after X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
  • When Gomez tells Pugsley to hand over all of his demolitions weapons, he lists Holy Hand Grenades, which is a nod to the exact weapon used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Spoilers

  • Part of the film revolves around Wednesday attending the local public school. This was also the plot of The Addams Family Goes to School (1964), The Addams Family (1964)'s pilot episode.
  • Fester develops an attraction with Margaux, and by the end of the film is romantically involved with her. In the 90s Addams Family films/cartoon series, Fester has a relationship with the Addams Family antagonists.
  • Toward the end when the town comes to rebuild the Addams' home, part of it is pink. In The Addams Family (1964), a lot of the set was painted pink to get the right shades of black, white, and grey for the black-and-white screening.
  • This is Allison Janney's third time voicing a female villain after Over the Hedge (2006) and Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014). However unlike those two films this film marks the first time where her character who is a female villain actually reforms herself at the end of the movie.
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