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.
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.”
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.
Tim Burton Is Always on Hand
It's clear that producer and director Tim Burton put a ton of thought and work into “Wednesday,” and one thing that he left all to himself was directing Thing, the disembodied hand that acts as Wednesday's guardian during the show.
Hand directing is a big part of movies since they're in so many close-up shots, but this is not usually what people mean when they talk about it. The hand was the entire character, not just a single limb, and a lot of work had to go into making it look like it was actually crawling around. And the rest was history.
The Wrong Kind of Viral
Jenna Ortega's dance scene from the prom episode is one of the most famous parts of the show, quickly going viral and reaching people who might not have even known about the show. However, it turns out that viral is an operative word there – Jenna Ortega had a little illness while she was shooting it.
Shooting for the show took place from September 2021 to March 2022, which meant plenty of protection and testing. Ortega tested positive right after filming the dance scene, which meant she had to isolate herself until testing negative. Thankfully, she nailed the dance scene in one take.