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.
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.
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.
A Surprisingly Colorful Set
Despite the show being shot in black and white and focused on characters that love the color black, the set was full of varying shades of pink and red. Why? Well, even though the show was going to be in black and white, the producers wanted to give it varying shades of gray when viewed.
This means the elements of the set had to be in particular colors to show up properly. It was surely a bit odd to step onto the brightly-colored set and act like you were in a house that was all dark and gloomy. It didn't seem to affect the actors and actresses that much.
Making the Jump to the Stage
The Addams family made their Broadway debut on April eighth, 2010, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show ran for seven hundred and twenty-two shows before it finally closed its doors. The music and lyrics were by Andrew Lippa, while the book (consider it the script) was by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
The play has Wednesday bringing her boyfriend – normal boy Lucas – to meet the family. Tensions mount, but everything works out in the end. Also, Uncle Fester uses a backpack rocket to fly to the moon at the end. Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth played Gomez and Morticia during the original run.