“Wednesday” might not be the strangest name we’ve ever come across, but you have to admit it’s a bit uncommon. The name came from a famous nursery rhyme called “Monday’s Child,” which gave a character to each day of the week. The line for Wednesday is “Wednesday’s child is full of woe,” which seemed to fit the character.
However, it wasn’t Addams who gave the girl the name. It was, in fact, the company that was in charge of making the toys to accompany the first television show, all the way back in 1964. Amazingly, the girl had gone without a name for almost thirty years.
Getting a Small Start
The Addams family made their first appearance thanks to cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938. That is where the name comes from, in case that was not clear. Addams created the famous family for a cartoon in “The New Yorker” magazine.
Despite the fact that “The New Yorker” now trades in the kind of humor that will give a sensible chuckle (if you are educated enough to get the joke, that is) and nothing more, apparently, they used to have some pretty wild stuff among the pages. From there, the family started getting into all sorts of adventures and crazy situations.
Joining the Scooby Gang
“The New Scooby-Doo Movies” was a series of TV-made films that had characters like Batman and Robin, the Harlem Globetrotters, and others join the Mystery Machine for spooky mysteries. The third episode of this series, from 1972, included the Addams family. This included four of the original “Addams Family” cast members.
The episode was titled “Wednesday Is Missing,” and the characters in the show were drawn to match the original comics. A young Jodie Foster provided the voice for Pugsley. The gang gets tricked into being babysitters for the children while Morticia and Gomez head off on a second honeymoon. Wednesday does go missing, providing a mystery for the gang to solve.
He Was a Weird One, All Right
As you might have been able to tell from the weird family that he drew, Charles Addams was what you might call eccentric. His house was filled with his macabre interests, such as medieval weapons. He also had a number of torture instruments out on display, which...we don't really know what to think about that.
He had a particular interest in crossbows – he admitted to fantasizing about shooting a robber with one. Clearly, there are all types out there. It also goes to show you that if Charles Addams invited you over, maybe figure out an alibi and send your regrets.
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.