Nothing much happened with the “Addams Family” after the show’s two seasons during the sixties, but it was still popular enough to get a resurgence in the early nineties. Scott Rudin, head of production for 20th Century Fox, was riding in a van with a few other studio executives after a movie screening, and the marketing chief’s son started singing the show’s theme song.
Everybody else in the van started singing along, and Rudin got the idea to pitch a movie. This was in 1991, and in the next seven years, three Addams Family movies would come out. Remember, make a snappy theme song, and no one will ever forget you.
Intended to Be Mute
The original “Addams Family” show began in 1946, and it proved to be a surprising hit. The character of Lurch was originally mute, just a servant or footman who took care of the family. However, that all changed thanks to an improvised line from actor Ted Cassidy.
During filming, he ad-libbed the line “You rang?” when he appeared on the set, and it got big laughs from everyone. After that, the writers started giving him lines. The slow, monotonous tone was a good counterpoint to the energy that the other characters brought, adding yet another dimension to this dark household.
It's Hard Not to Snap Your Fingers
As long as you aren't still in high school, then you can probably hum the “Addams Family” theme tune without having to think too hard. It's one of the most famous and iconic pieces of television music ever, not just for being a good song.
It's also really unique. How many other title tracks use a harpsichord these days? The family is snapping their fingers along with the beat, and Lurch adds a couple of words in, and that's all it takes to be memorable. It's all thanks to composer Vic Mizzy, who was also the performer for the song.
Believe It Hard Enough
When she was a little girl, Anjelica Huston grew up reading her parents' book of “Addams Family” cartoons. Now, as a little girl, you might think that she imagined being Wednesday, but you would be wrong. No, she imagined she was the tall and lanky matriarch of the family, Morticia.
Well, about thirty years later, she had her chance since she was cast in the 1991 movie “The Addams Family.” She also appeared in the 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values,” but by the time the 1998 threequel came out, she and the rest of the original cast had moved on to other things.
Shaking Up the TV Scene
The original television show had a lot of fun stuff to offer us, but one thing we take for granted nowadays is the relationship between Morticia and Gomez. It was the first sitcom that had the mom and dad being passionate with each other, while other shows of the time stayed away from any talk about what many would call marital duties.
Gomez flattered Morticia constantly, layering on physical affection – his most famous act is probably his tactic of kissing his way up Morticia's arm. Morticia tries to keep a straight face, but it's clear she adores her husband and loves his affection. That's goals, people.