In the television version of the family from the nineteen sixties, Grandmama, played by Blossom Rock, is Gomez’s mother. She’s regularly seen dabbling in the occult and has plenty of ragged shawls and frizzy hair to go around.
However, the Grandmama from the film series is not the same character – Gomez’s mother is reportedly deceased, while the old woman we see, played by Judith Malina, is instead Morticia’s mother, Granny Frump. While the differences between the characters are minimal – both are supposed to be witches – they aren’t the same. Why they needed to make this change for the movie series is unknown.
Pets Really Bring the Home Together
It seems that the actual members of the family weren't strange enough – the Addams family had to add a bunch of animals to the house to make sure it was full. The most prominent or famous of these animal friends is the pet lion named Kitty Cat. Wednesday also famously had a Black Widow spider named Homer, as well as an anole, a small lizard that is a common pet.
Or, more common than the other ones. There was also Pugsley's octopus, Aristotle (Named Socrates in the animated movies from 2019 and 2021), a scorpion named Nero from the Netflix “Wednesday” show, Morticia's pet vulture named Zelda, and a puppy named Butcher that eats human hair.
A Case of Maybe Mistaken Identity
Much of the plot of “The Addams Family” from 1991 revolves around the fact that the character Gordon, played by Christopher Lloyd, shows up claiming or appearing to be Uncle Fester (who is also played by Lloyd). Originally, the script never made it clear whether or not Gordon was a fake or had actually lost his memory, and the cast got sick of it.
They wanted a definitive resolution, even just for themselves, and they elected Christina Ricci to go to the director and beg him to make Gordon actually Fester. In a strange twist, Lloyd didn't mind that things were never explained. Ricci was successful, however, as the movie eventually reveals Gordon is, indeed, Fester.
Approved by Psychiatrists
Perhaps one of the most unexpected things about “The Addams Family” from the nineteen sixties is that despite the very odd family we see on the screen, the show had plenty of family values to demonstrate. Morticia and Gomez were loving and affectionate to each other, the children were respectful of their parents, they had very infrequent fights, and they had plenty of extended family members they spent time with.
Psychiatrist Stephen Cox went on with more – there was little bickering, there weren't sides drawn, and there was plenty of love. Pugsley and Wednesday fought, but that was perfectly natural. Kids, you know. Even today, such a dynamic is rare and special.
Switching Sides for the Movie
Uncle Fester has been a part of the Addams family since the beginning, but he hasn't always come from the same side of the family. For the television show in the sixties, he was Morticia's uncle, and thus not actually an Addams. However, for the movies, he was Gomez's brother, Fester Addams.
The change was perhaps an attempt to correct this oversight and make sure everybody in the house was a true member of the Addams family, but other than that, the reasoning is unknown. It's not like he really looks like either of them. Maybe Morticia can also power light bulbs.