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.
Inspiration for Their Characters
Some of the characters in this family aren't exactly your normal family members, and for the actors to be inspired, they had to take knowledge from a few strange places. In order to play Morticia in the first two movies, Anjelica Huston watched “Grey Gardens,” a 1975 documentary about a pair of strange women, mother and daughter, who had lived in a big mansion by themselves.
It's considered a masterful documentary. In addition, Christina Ricci based her performance of Wednesday from the same movie off Winona Ryder's performance from “Beetlejuice,” which had come out a few years earlier. Being a dark, spooky girl when you're actually a charismatic actress isn't the easiest thing.
Taking the Average
During the show, Gomez sometimes needed to know exactly what time it was, which was why he wore a pair of watches. He would check both and use the average time. Maybe it's crazy, but the more we think about it, the more it makes sense.
And we aren't the only people, too: it's becoming more popular for people to wear more than one watch for a variety of reasons, though it seems like most of them are for a fashion statement or a conversation starter. Gomez would also sometimes check the... unusual clock that was in the Addams family house, which seemed to be a Wolverine that would show up to growl out the hour.
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.
A Pair of Witchy Grandmothers
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.