The office of Principal Weems is full of Easter eggs and references, both to the history of the Addams Family and to the long list of Tim Burton projects over the years. One of the most obvious, since it’s sitting right on her desk, is the shrunken head.
This is a reference to the movie “Beetlejuice.” In that movie, you can very easily see a man that has a shrunken head, much like this one. And that’s not to say it’s just in his possession – the man’s actual head is actually shrunken. It’s not the most subtle reference, but it’s still fun to see.
Plenty of References to Poe
No doubt you picked up on the fact that Nevermore Academy was named after the most famous piece of writing from Edgar Allen Poe, “The Raven,” but there are a good number of other references in the Netflix “Wednesday” show.
There are ravens all over the Nevermore campus, the trophy for winning the canoe races is called the Poe Cup, and Wednesday's outfit for those same canoe races is also a sneaky reference to Poe's short story “The Black Cat.” All of the team boats are references to Poe's stories, and the man himself was apparently an alum of the show's history.
Getting Into the Role
The girl who plays Enid Sinclair on “Wednesday,” Emma Myers, didn't have many acting roles before that one, and she wanted to make sure she got it right. Enid was her big breakthrough, but to accomplish that, she had to become a werewolf. Not actually, thankfully.
No, to get ready for “Wednesday,” she decided to attend werewolf boot camp. She admitted it was super weird, but it must have helped her get into the spirit of the character, even if it did mean she had to crawl around on the floor and growl for hours at a time. Well, we all have to suffer for our art.
All Those Stuffed Mice Mean Something
Having Wednesday Addams see a therapist is something that only our current world could come up with, but we bet Dr. Valerie Kinbott might need a little bit of help herself if she spends all her free time stuffing mice. But did you notice that her mice all have particular outfits while they're on display?
Like so many other things in the show, these are references to previous Tim Burton projects, but there's a little more, too. You can see a Beetlejuice striped suit, a ringmaster outfit like from “Dumbo,” and one of the mice even seems to be dressed as the freaky clown Pennywise from the nineties “It” miniseries.
Tim Burton Gave the Chair to Others
While the series “Wednesday” has all the hallmarks of a classic Tim Burton project, and he did direct a number of the episodes, it was only the first four. Due to scheduling conflicts, he was unable to spend enough time in Romania to direct them all, though he was heavily involved in all other aspects of the show.
The fifth and sixth episodes were directed by Gandja Monteiro – her most high-profile project to date. It's also worth mentioning that the last two episodes of the season were directed by James Marshall, a journeyman director most well-known for his work on “Smallville.”