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  • MGM announced on December 15, 2017, a release date of The Addams Family of October 11, 2019, in North America.
  • Allison Janney's first Animated film outside Disney/Pixar's Finding franchise that has her playing a non-human role.
  • 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.
  • Nick Kroll's 2nd animated film of 2019, after The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).
  • 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).
  • This is Oscar Isaac and Nick Kroll's first collaboration since Operation Finale (2018).
  • Oscar Isaac appeared in Robin Hood (2010) with Danny Huston, whose sister Anjelica Huston played Morticia in the first two live action films.
  • Finn Wolfhard appeared in Stranger Things (2016) with Sean Astin, whose father John Astin played Gomez in the original television series.
  • Finn Wolfhard's first animated film.
  • Oscar Isaac's first animated feature film.
  • Elsie Fisher's first animated film outside the first two Despicable Me films.
  • At 39 (40 when the film released) Oscar Isaac is the youngest actor to portray Gomez to date.
  • Oscar Isaac played En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse, the main villain in X-Men : Apocalypse (2016).
  • 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).
  • Lurch is a non-speaking character in this production. He would only do occasional grunts and groans.
  • Cody Cameron's first project that is not from DreamWorks Animation (formerly) or Sony Animation (Currently) and is higher than PG since the 2001 English dub of Akira (1988) which also had him work with Conrad Vernon as this film will be rated PG-13.
  • 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.
  • This is Oscar Isaac's third comic book feature, after X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
  • This is Chloë Grace Moretz's second comic book role, after appearing in the Kick-Ass films.
  • 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).
  • Cousin Itt is entirely absent in this production. This character was created by David Levy for the television series when it premiered on ABC in 1964.
  • The first animated theatrical "Addams Family" film. The previous two theatrical "Addams Family" films were live action (The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993)).
  • This is the first animated feature length film adaptation of the Addams Family comics, but the second animated adaptation after The Addams Family (1973).
  • At one moment when Pugsley is thrown through a window into the Addams Mansion, Wednesday says "Thanks for trying, Ichabod." Ichabod was a character from the 1820-story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving, which describes a mysterious legend of a headless horseman from the time of the American War of Independence. Ichabod Crane was a schoolmaster from Connecticut who believed in the supernatural including this legend. In the story Ichabod meets him on his way home and gets attacked by him. A famous painting about this character is "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod" by John Quidor.
  • 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).
  • In possibly not a coincidence, the company behind the 1960s TV version of "The Addams Family", Filmways, would later become part of Orion Pictures, which in turn would have almost their entire combined library be acquired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who in turn in 2019 would release this animated film version of The Addams Family, via their United Artist label/Universal Pictures. Although its unclear if the 2019 computer animation is actually based solely upon the original Charles Addams source material and/or due to some acquired legacy rights, in part on the "inherited" Filmways television version.
  • In a further strange set of inter-linked coincidences, the 1990s film version was originally created by Orion Pictures, based upon their earlier acquisition of Filmways, the company behind tbe 1960s TV version. With Orion's financial troubles, the film was acquired by Paramount, with the other bidder being Universal. In 2019, Orion is now part of MGM, who are jointly distributing the 2019 version with Universal.
  • This Is Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan Second Movie They Ever Made, After Sausage Party (2016)
  • Oscar Isaac's third comic-book film, after X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
  • 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.
  • Mychael Danna's fourth time composing a theatrically released animated film after Surf's Up (2007), The Good Dinosaur (2015), and Storks (2016), the former of which was produced at 1.85:1, all but the former film was co-composed by his brother Jeff Danna.
  • 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.
  • No one expected Snoop Dogg to be the voice of Cousin Itt.
  • Gomez Addams's appearance is modeled on Peter Lorre, after Charles Addams's visual inspiration for Gomez's original illustrations was Peter Lorre.
  • Morticia Addams's appearance is modeled on Gloria Swanson, after Charles Addams's visual inspiration for Morticia's original illustrations was Gloria Swanson.
  • 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). We're still checking Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), for the precise second of its release.
  • Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara 2nd animated film where they voiced a couple, after Frankenweenie (2012) 7 years prior.
  • In the U.S., the theatrical release date is October 11, 2019, approximately 21 years since Kraft's CoolWhip whipped topping had the National FSI, promoting the video release of Addams Family Reunion (1998). Seriously.
  • Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron recorded their lines separately and did not actually meet till 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).
  • Oscar Isaac is the third Star Wars actor to appear in an Addams Family films, and the second to play Gomez. Carel Struycken played Lurch in the 1991 and 1993 films, while Tim Curry played Gomez in Addams Family Reunion. Isaac also appears in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, in which the character of Palpatine appears, the role previously played by Curry.
  • Thing in this incarnation has a single eye strapped to his wrist, a joke relating to questions about how it gets around.
  • The role of Gomez was last played by Tim Curry, who was also the original Pennywise--a character who also later appeared in a film with Finn Wolfhard.
  • 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.
  • Fester is depicted as Gomez's brother in this film, as he was in the two previous live-action Addams Family films and the subsequent animated series. In The Addams Family (1964), however, Fester was Morticia's uncle.
  • The film draws inspiration from the earlier films, the original television series and the cartoon drawings of Charles Addams which inspired the television series and all subsequent 'Addams Family' movies/series.
  • The license plate of Gomez and Morticia's car begins with "CHAS," after Addams Family creator. It contains the numbers "1938" after the year that the Addams Family first appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Charles Addams.
  • 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's tenth theatrically released animated film after We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), The Pebble and the Penguin (1995), The Prince of Egypt (1998), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Treasure Planet (2002), Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Frankenweenie (2012), and Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013).
  • In the original TV series Kitty-Cat was played by African lion Zamba, owned and trained by legendary Exotic Animal Trainer Ralph Helfer.
  • 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.

Spoilers

  • The epilogue features the original television theme song, with lyrics on the screen so the audience can sing along.
  • 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 original TV series, a lot of the set was pink to get the right shades of black, white, and grey for the final look.
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