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Animated film: Happy Family

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Max the wolf-boy.Happy Family (IMDB page) is a 2017 animated movie from Germany, about a family that gets turned into monsters by a witch. It looks like a mashup of The Addams Family, The Munsters, and Hotel Transylvania.

Warner Bros. funded the production, and are distributing it in Europe and Latin America, presumably to be followed by direct-to-DVD sales in the U.S. in 2018. It's based on a book by David Safier.

Is it furry? Well, the family includes a kid who's a wolf-boy, there are talking bats, and VAMPIRES! (Boo.)

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The URL weblink to the animation studio, Rothkirch Cartoon-Film in Berlin, was left out.

http://www.cartoon-film.de/e_profil.php?bg=bg23.jpg

David Safiers seems to specialize in fantasy novels about talking animals. Too bad they’re published mostly in Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish – but only one in English.

https://www.amazon.com/Una-fam%C3%ADlia-feli%C3%A7-David-Safier/dp/8499307582/re...

https://www.amazon.com/Bad-Karma-David-Safier/dp/1906780366/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&i...

https://www.amazon.com/Muh-David-Safier/dp/3499256266/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF...

https://www.amazon.com/Mieses-Karma-German-David-Safier-ebook/dp/B072K71MF6/ref=...

Fred Patten

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There is also a mostly different trailer in Spanish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVbmohc1_2k

Fred Patten

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Can't wait to see.

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Lots of the other “monster” scenes from “Happy Family”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NmFRaw1rfY

Honestly, how many people can tell the difference between the Computer Graphic Imagery animation from a “major” studio like Disney and Pixar, and a “minor” studio like Rothkirch Cartoon-Film in Berlin, ToonBox in Toronto, Prana in Mumbai, Animal Logic in Sydney, Triggerfish in Cape Town – even Simpals in Chisinau?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDHwf7n5nMU

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Note that "Happy Family" is in German, and it is also released in Spanish as "La Familia Monster". (Here is the whole Spanish movie.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXDqgk-b3Iw

But all of the signage is in English. They have U.S. passports. Could this have been made with Warner Bros. funding for the U.S. home-DVD market? Look for an American direct-to-DVD release soon.

Fred Patten

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics