Tim Burton May Direct a Stop-Motion Addams Family Movie
by Ethan Anderton
March 18, 2010
Though I've moderately enjoyed his recent adaptations of Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland (in 3-D no less), I have to admit that I'm a bit frustrated as Deadline reports writer/director Tim Burton will take on a 3-D stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams' original cartoon creations of The Addams Family. Though the previous film and television incarnations of this drew inspiration from these cartoons, this new animated venture is completely unrelated to them and will instead go back to the litany of Addams illustrations (seen above) that displayed a sharper wit than the classic TV series. So why am I frustrated?
Essentially, adaptations are usually the exception to my rule of preferring original scripts as the inspiration for feature films. Comic books, recent adaptations like Shutter Island and such are essentially like original spec scripts like themselves, because many times the written material is indeed an original story, but simply not in screenplay format. But in Burton's case, I feel his best work has been with his original concepts like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Corpse Bride, which was his directorial debut with a stop-motion movie (remember he only produced and wrote the The Nightmare Before Christmas). But when Burton is adapting material like Alice in Wonderland and now The Addams Family which has already seen multiple incarnations, I feel like he's wasting his unique vision with someone else's over exposed ideas once again.
Anyway, the cartoons (seen above) from Addams are very in tune with Burton's creative style and were once a staple of The New Yorker magazine. Personally, I'd rather see the feature length version of Burton's short film Frankenweenie, about a boy who reanimates his dead dog, come to fruition sooner. Though technically an adaptation, the idea is one of Burton's original creations which should be happening anytime now and is much better suited for a younger audience who may never have even heard of The Addams Family. Anyway, no cast is attached yet and producers are still in the process of looking for a writer. What do you think?