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CHARLES ADDAMS DOCUMENTARY


Known for his dark humor and macabre cartoon characters, Charles Samuel "Chas" Addams was the creator of the First Family of Halloween, The Addams Family. He drew more than 1,300 cartoons over the course of his life, with more than 200 of the Addams Family.

Television producer David Levy approached Addams with an offer to create a series based on his "Addams Family" cartoons. The Family were distinct characters, but without any real personality, so Addams gave them names and personal characteristics for the actors to use in The Addams Family television series (1964).

Below are the original descriptions he gave for the main members of the Addams Family.

Gomez Addams: "Husband to Morticia, if indeed they are married at all... a crafty schemer, but also a jolly man in his own way... though sometimes misguided... sentimental and often puckish - optimistic, he is in full enthusiasm for his dreadful plots... is sometimes seen in a rather formal dressing gown... the only one who smokes."

Morticia Addams: "The real head of the family... low-voiced, incisive and subtle, smiles are rare... ruined beauty... contemptuous and original and with fierce family loyalty... even in disposition, muted, witty, sometimes deadly... given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf's hair..."

Wednesday Addams: "Child of woe is wane and delicate... sensitive and on the quiet side, she loves the picnics and outings to the underground caverns... a solemn child, prim in dress and, on the whole, pretty lost... secretive and imaginative, poetic, seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums... has six toes on one foot..."

Pugsley Addams: "An energetic monster of a boy... blond red hair, popped blue eyes and a dedicated troublemaker, in other words the kid next door... genius in his own way, he makes toy guillotines, full-size racks, threatens to poison his sister, can turn himself into a Mr. Hyde with an ordinary chemical set... his voice is hoarse... is sometimes allowed an occasional cigar."

Fester Addams: "Uncle Fester is incorrigible and except for the good nature of the family and the ignorance of the police, would ordinarily be under lock and key... the eyes are pig-like and deeply embedded... he likes to fish, but usually employs dynamite... he keeps falcons on the roof which he uses for hunting... his one costume, summer and winter is a black great coat with an enormous collar... he is fat with pudgy little hands and feet."

Grandmama Addams: "This disrespectful old hag is the mother of Gomez... she willingly helps with the dishes, cheats at solitaire and is roughly dishonest... the complexion is dark, the hair is white and frizzy and uncombed... she has a light beard and a large mole... foolishly good-natured... fumbling, weak character... is easily fooled."

Lurch: "This towering mute has been shambling around the house forever... He is not a very good butler but a faithful one... One eye is opaque, the scanty hair is damply clinging to his narrow flat head... generally the family regards him as something of a joke."

You Rang, Mr. Addams?
This short, twelve minute long documentary about Charles Addams, the cartoonist who created the macabre characters of the Addams Family was released in 2006 as a featurette on The Addams Family: Volume 1 DVD set. If you are fan of the show and/or the cartoons, this is a must watch.

Mad About the Addams Family
This thirteen minute long mini-documentary is part of the bonus features on the The Addams Family: Volume 2 DVD set. It includes many interesting facts such as Charles Addams’ original concepts and thoughts about the show from a wide range of fans, actors, and television scholars.
 

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