Tim Burton directing an animated 'The Addams Family'? Oh, snap!

Addams-Family-cartoonImage Credit: Everett CollectionTim Burton has his 3-D follow-up to Alice in Wonderland booked: He’ll be directing a stop-motion animation version of The Addams Family, according to Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood. File under “things that make sense.” And also “things I am excited for.”

Burton’s Addamses will be based on Charles Addams’ original cartoons and not the old TV show or the ’90s movies. Look at that print and tell me it doesn’t scream Tim Burton. It so does! And not just because the Addams Family sports a goth-y aesthetic or is both friendly and creepy (though yay on both counts), but because Morticia and Gomez are one of fiction’s most romantic couples, and Tim Burton knows how to tell a love story. He’s a pro at adapting familiar stories — Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (let’s not speak of Planet of the Apes) — but my favorite entries in the Tim Burton oeuvre are ones that could be summed up as “I love something so much that I’m not like everyone else.” Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Big Fish. If he can infuse Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Cousin Itt, Lurch, Uncle Fester, and Grandma with that kind of self-possessed dreaminess, we’re all in for a treat.

Sing the song in your head, PopWatchers. Are you snapping along for this?

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  • wg

    Does this mean Dark Shadows is getting pushed back again? :( And Maleficent: The Movie?

    • Chelsea

      I like The Addams Family and all but I was really hoping Dark Shadows would finally be getting off the ground!

      • Bobby’s Robot

        yeah, me too

    • Dave

      Dark Shadows? Adams Family? Boring! Burton needs to get back to doing stories that haven’t already been done to death. I mean, I saw Alice in Wonderland this week, and really enjoyed it. But he’s spending his talent on projects that just won’t stand the test of time.

  • Ashley

    oh my golly miss molly!! im beyond excited to hear this news!! tim burton + the adam’s family = genius!

  • Michelle

    A Tim Burton project I can support! Yay! Just so long as Johnny Depp doesn’t do the voice for Gomez. I love Johnny and I like Time Burton, but they really need to see other people. Seriously. What are they attached at the hip or something?

  • Eyeball

    yeah, all my favorite Burton movies are the ones not based on films that have already been made too. looks like those days are gone though… what a hack.

  • Nicole

    Might have well included that Helena Bonham Carter will voice Morticia, lol.

    • Dee

      Oh man, you beat me to it.

    • Amy

      And how about our boy, Johnny?

  • Marianne

    It sounds really good, but I still don’t see why EVERYTHING these days have to be 3D.

  • Christian

    Let’s hope Michael Gough doese another voice over, but for Lurch or someone who has a BIG role in the movie!

  • HR

    Oh no. Another classic that Tim Burton is about to destroy.

    • Amy

      No haters allowed!!

  • paige

    how bout you label it under “things that are obvious”… i wonder if he can get cristina ricci to reprise her role via voice as wednesday

  • ldp

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Happy dance!

  • JD

    Didn’t realize people are still saying “oh,snap”…

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  • baj24

    Please refrain from using the term “oh snap”. :)

  • mage?!

    This is marvelous news! I love the original single panel cartoons, so that coupled with Burton’s creepiness should work out great. OOKIE indeed.

  • carole

    Johnny Depp as Gomez, Helena Bohnam Carter as Morticia. I’ll pass.

    • Ceballos

      …Mia Washikowska as Wednesday, Christopher Lee as Lurch…

      Tim Burton hasn’t exactly been the most spontaneous guy in the last five years, so we should be able to pin down the cast of this film in this comments section.

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