Tim Burton to Direct Stop-Motion Animated Addams Family Movie in 3-D

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If you’ve been waiting and hoping that one day Tim Burton might actually try directing something slightly outside of his usual area of expertise, this next announcement probably won’t get you excited. But the way I see it, Burton is the kind of guy who works best when he’s following his instincts, and as long as he’s working on something that he really connects with, it shines through in his work. Deadline New York is reporting that Burton’s next film will be a 3-D stop-motion animated adaptation of The Addams Family. It’s the kind of thing that would seem almost too obvious for Burton, except that it won’t be based on the 1960s TV series, but rather the original cartoons that appeared in The New Yorker magazine starting in 1938.

I didn’t even realize that the TV show was based on something that came previously, so this could definitely make for an interesting alternate take on the characters (although maybe a little confusing for some). Unfortunately, Burton’s last stop-motion animated film Corpse Bride ended up being pretty middle-of-the-road (possibly because it did not involve Henry Selick), so I’m not expecting much. The fact that it’s in 3-D is obvious and mandatory at this point, and yes, it will probably be another family-friendly film that lacks any real edge, but it is set up at Universal not Disney. Does this sound cool to you or would you prefer to see Burton concentrate his efforts on something else instead? Burton is also busy prepping another feature-length stop-motion feature based on his Frankenweenie short film.



  • Duke Togo

    I was ready to piss all over this idea until I heard it’s based on Chas Addams New Yorker comic strips. These strips were way ahead of their time, on par with the best Simpsons episodes or surpassing them. I’d have to say every one of Chas’s strips that I have read were brilliant, this seems the perfect project for Tim Burton. I wish more people knew about Addam’s comic strips, there’s alot of gleefully morbid jokes, suicide jokes, murder etc, but all in a fun way that should even appeal to most kids, it’s the uptight parents that hated the Simpsons who will flip over this.

  • Darksiders

    F yeah. This is gonna be awesome. And Duke’s right C. Addams work is amazing. This seems like a perfect fit. It’d be cool if they did it all black and white like the cartoons and Burton’s animated shorts like Vincent.

  • Duke Togo

    I wonder if Bill Watterson is a Chas Addams fan? I imagine he is. I don’t think there will ever be a Calvin and Hobbes movie while Bill is still alive, it’ll probably be over 100 years until Calvin+Hobbes revert to public domain and some studio makes a movie.

  • Soop28

    “Burton is the kind of guy who works best when he’s following his instincts, and as long as he’s working on something that he really connects with, it shines through in his work…”

    Boy are you wrong.

  • Male

    I dont want to see it in stop motion. I think it would be awesome in motion capture though.