I have been a long time fan of the Addams Family. It pains me to say it (because it gives away my age, sort of), but I used to watch the Addams Family (the original series) on television when I was a young girl.
Did you know that the Addams Family started out as a cartoon? By cartoon I mean an actual cartoon like you would see in a newspaper (not the animated kind). The Addams Family was created by Charles Addams back in 1938. The television series ran from 1964-1966. It later returned (briefly) in the 1973 as a cartoon (animated). I grew up enjoying the original series in syndication (I wasn’t born until 1968).
I think the Addams Family (and the Munsters) inspired my love of horror movies and scary things. After all, both families had to do with monsters and creepy things.
The Addams family stars Gomez and his wife Morticia. They have two children, Wednesday (I’ve always loved that name) and Pugsley. There is also Uncle Fester and Grandmama. Their butler’s name is Lyrch and they have a cousin It and a disembodied hand named Thing.
A new animated film, The Addams Family, is now playing in theaters. It’s an animated film and it looks really funny. I have not seen it yet, but I am hoping to see it this weekend with my husband (dinner and a movie for our anniversary).
The Addams Family are no strangers to being seen on the big screen in theaters. The Addams Family has been in two major motion pictures, both of which are available on Blu-ray and DVD. Both films are also available together on Blu-ray and DVD. I was sent one of the two-movie Blu-rays to review.
I have seen bits and pieces of The Addams Family, but not Addams Family Values.
Here are brief synopsis of both films.
The Addams Family (1991)
When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead. But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune?
Addams Family Values (1993)
It’s love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. Addams Family Values is debuting on Blu-ray for the first time.
The casting for these films is brilliant. Each actor WAS their character, both in looks and the way you’d expect the characters to behave. I honestly couldn’t come up with better actors to fill these roles. Raul Julia is the perfect, quirky Gomez Addams, right down to his cheesy moustache. Angelica Houston has a spookiness about her (the way they light her in the films adds to that). Christina Ricci has the perfect, emotionless, almost evil look about her. And Jimmy Workman’s adorable little face is the ideal Pugsley.
I’m glad I got to see the original film all the way through. I am also happy to finally see Addams Family Values.
What I love about these films are that they are “family friendly.” They are not scary at all, not even for young family members. They are both rated PG-13.
Both films are very funny. There are things in each film that children will laugh more than adults, and things adults will laugh at more than children. Of course there are things all ages will laugh about too.
With this being Halloween season, it’s a great time to catch up with the live action Addams Family before you head out to the movie theater to watch their animated counterparts.
Look for the special 2-movie collection, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, where ever movies are sold.
In honor of the new film’s release, I have a fun Addams Family “kit” to giveaway to a lucky winner, compliments of Paramount. The kit contains the following items.
- The two-movie Blu-ray collection
- Bald Cap
- Black and white face paint
- Red lipstick and nail polish
- Finger trap
- Child/Baby paste-on mustache
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM. The winner will be contact via email and have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter, please comment on this post who is your favorite Addams Family character and why?
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*I received the 2-movie collection to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.