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.”
The Head in Weems's Office
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.
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.
Using Optical Illusions to Make Him Bigger
The actor who played Lurch in “Wednesday” is six-foot-three, and while that's pretty tall, it just isn't up to the Lurch standard of towering over everyone and everything. The show made heavy use of optical illusions and forced perspective to make him look larger, among a number of other things.
Such tactics are commonly used in filming – they're all over the place in "The Lord of the Rings" movies to make the hobbit actors appear much smaller. One of the things “Wednesday” did to enlarge Lurch was to build two cars, filmed at the same time to make Lurch look like he was gigantic.
Keeping Her Skills Sharp
Wednesday proves to be adept at archery during her self-titled Netflix show, but big fans of the Addams family movies from the nineties will already be aware that the character has some experience.
While it isn't totally out of the realm of possibility for strange Wednesday Addams to have plenty of practice at archery, her character has displayed the skill previously in the “Addams Family Values” movie from 1993. The series worked hard to develop Wednesday's character while also tying in elements from past versions, allowing older fans and newer fans to join together in appreciation of a new way to look at this classic character.