Directors Conrad Vernon (L) and Greg Tiernan attend the world premiere of “Sausage Party” in Westwood, California, on August 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
For a generation raised on the 1990s Halloween staples, there’s a sense of ownership when it comes to the Addams Family. Created by cartoonist Charles Addams in the late-1930s, the Addams Family have come to represent the ways in which families can be wacky, unconventional, and macabre. From the pages of the New Yorker to 1960s television audiences and movie screens, the Addams have created a lasting legacy that shows no signs of slowing down.
This week sees the release of a new iteration of everyone’s favorite creepy and kooky family with directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan’s animated feature, The Addams Family. Filled with dark humor and a remarkably affecting story of tolerance, The Addams Family will delight a new generation while standing alone as its own entity. Vernon and Tiernan sat down to discuss the new feature and the humor they couldn’t quite get away with.
What enticed you to take on the Addams clan?
Greg Tiernan: Just because it is the Addams Family! Conrad, when he was first approached by MGM about this movie, he was excited about it. He came to me and said, “Hey, you want to direct another movie with me?” I said, “I don’t know, what is it?” He told me what it was [and] I jumped all over it because I’ve been a huge fan, all