Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Addams through the ages

As you all know, I am, for all practical purposes, an Addams... so here's the "evilution" of my family (sad pun, right?)

Behold, regular people, the journey of the Addams clan:

The Original "Family" as created by Charles Addams:
Appeared as a series of single panel cartoons, published in The New Yorker between 1938 and Addams's 1988 death. The characters were un-named.

The 1964 T.V. Show:
The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons from September 18, 1964 to April 8, 1966. It starred John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia (Gomez's wife), Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester Morticia's Uncle), Ted Cassidy as Lurch (the butler), Blossom Rock as Grand mamma Addams (Gomez's mother), 

The 1973 Animated Series:
The first animated series ran from 1973–1975. Unlike the T.V. Series, this series took the Addamses on the road in a Victorian-style RV. This series also marked the point where the relations between characters were switched so that Fester was now Gomez' brother, and Grandmama was now Morticia's mother. The characters were drawn close to the original Addams creation.

The 1991 movie and its '93 sequel:
The movies were directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred Anjelica HustonRaúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Judith Malina and Carel Struycken as Morticia, Gomez, Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandmamma and Lurch respectively.The film was much closer to the description Charles Addams made for the show, and followed his instructions closely. 

The 1992 Animated series:
It ran from September 12, 1992 to November 6, 1993. The series' development began in the wake of the successful 1991 Addams Family feature film. Two seasons were produced; the third season contained reruns.

Addams Family Reunion movie, 1998:
Addams Family Reunion is a movie released straight-to-video in 1998. Cast includes Daryl Hannah as Morticia, Tim Curry as Gomez, Patrick Thomas as Uncle Fester, Carel Struycken as Lurch,  Alice Ghostley as Grandmamma, Nicole Fugere as Wednesday, Jerry Messing as Pugsley, Kevin McCarthy as Grandpa Addams, Estelle Harris as Grandma Addams.

The New Addams Family T.V.Show, 1998:
was an American/Canadian sitcom that aired from October 1998 to August 1999. Its starred Glenn Taranto and Ellie Harvie as Gomez and Morticia, Brody Smith and Nicole Fugere as Pugsley and Wednesday, Betty Philips as Grandmamma, Michae Roberds as Uncle Fester and John DeSantis as Lurch.

The Addams Family Musical:
 A musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The original Broadway cast includes: Nathan Lane as Gomez, Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandmamma, Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday , Adam Riegler as Pugsley and Zachary James as Lurch.

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