The Addams Family: The Art of the Animated Movie [Review]

The Addams Family: The Art of the Animated Movie [Review]

The Addams Family has been a classic tale of the creepiest family on the block. They have their own ways of going about things, that might just be different than the norm. Titan Books has published The Addams Family: The Art of the Animated Movie to celebrate the release of the re-imagined Addams Family.

“It was challenging to make sure older die-hard fans would be pleased while also introducing a new generation to this beloved group of kooky characters. Charles Addams’ unique sensibility and humor is what they love and is framed in the lyrics of the TV theme: creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky.” – Co-director and Producer, Conrad Vernon

The Character Design

The animated Addams Family movie has some Tim Burton-esque character designs that pull from the original movies and TV series.

Morticia

Morticia is a true gothic character who is cold and stoic, but cares deeply for her family.

Young and current Morticia

Gomez

This version of Gomez is a bit more enthusiastic and jolly, a good counter balance to Morticia.

Young Gomez

Grandma

Grandma is Gomez’s mother, who has a lifetime of experience to tell and share with her family.

Grandma Lineup Art

Wednesday

The typical moody young daughter who slowly starts to question her family compared to the outside world.

Wednesday finds the red balloon

 

Pugsley

Pugsley is considered the little monster of the family at the young age of 9.

Early concept sketch of Pugsley

Uncle Fester

Fest has a boyhood attitude about him, but he finds the joy in not only torturing himself but others.

Design concept of Fester

Lurch

The devoted butler to the family, Lurch is acquainted with the family on Morticia’s and Gomez’s honeymoon.

Storyboard panel of Lurch meeting the Addamses

Thing

Thing is a technologically savvy disembodied hand and wrist.

Thing Early Concept Art

It

It speaks stranged gibberish lingo that only the Addams family can understand, but he is related to Gomez.

Design surfacing study of It

Auntie Sloom

Locations

The Old Country Town

One of the things done wonderfully in the movie and book is the contrast between the bright and colorful world, and the Addams Family characters and house.

Ballroom

The Addams’ house features a ballroom with splashes of color but also in their own motif.

“The goal is to make sure the movie feels like it was shot by a single cinematographer. We don’t use a lot of extreme close-ups in the interior shots as we want the house to be a character, so we don’t push in very tight” – Rav Grewal, Head of Previs

Storyboard Peek

Featured in this book is also a look into how scenes are created, featuring ‘Family Game Night’. This scene is broken up in a storyboard sequence to show initial sketches and concept for how the scene should go before it gets fully animated.

“The family who plays ghoulish games together, stays together. At least, that’s the case with the Addams clan. One of the key scenes of the movie happens early on in the first act, where we get to see the family enjoying a typical game night together, which offers a glimpse of how they all interact and sets up the film’s central theme of daughter Wednesday feeling like an outsider in her own family”

Conclusion

The Addams Family has been an important part of TV and movies, and now the animated film makes it more family friendly. The artstyle within the movie is spot-on for the theme of the family, but it’s very approachable from a child-like standpoint. The specific character designs are in-tune with the classic take on the family from the 60s, but also put a new animation spin.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and learning about why they chose to take this direction, and seeing the background storyboard and progression for the film. If you’re at all into the Addams Family, you’ll gladly cherish this book and how it honors both past and present takes on this family.

You can get your copy of The Addams Family: The Art of the Animated Movie directly from Titan Books!

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