When you think about the Addams Family, you probably don’t think of high-tech. Their clock is a wolverine, for Pete’s sake. You might be surprised, then, to find out that they were the first television family to have a personal home computer. That’s pretty advanced for a spooky family.
It wasn’t exactly a laptop, but it still did computing right from home. This was even before Batman debuted the Batcave computer. The computer the Addams Family had was a UNIVAC, built by Gomez and Pugsley, and it was used to calculate a trip to the moon, predict horse races, and a few other things.
Always Some CGI
While “Wednesday” has far fewer computer graphics than a casual viewer might think, there was certainly some, and a lot of it came from the Hyde monster. Still, there's a real human being inside doing all the actual acting before the computer team wraps a creepy monster look around it.
Daniel Himschoot acted as the person behind the monster, and he had to do it while wearing a CGI suit and walking on special stilts. A few things like monster hands were also used to help the actors behave a little more naturally, but at the end of the day, it was still the computer that had to create the monster.
We All Have to Make Sacrifices
While filming “Wednesday,” Jenna Ortega spent a lot of time in Romania, which does not have as many food options as she was going to find in the States. Ortega is vegan, but while filming for months in Romania, she had very few vegan dishes available.
Due to necessity, she temporarily switched to being a pescatarian – someone who will abstain from all meats, except for fish – in order to have something to eat. The only other option for her was to drop the role and head back to the United States, something that she definitely was not willing to do.
Shooting Around a Missing Star
While filming “The Addams Family,” the first film in the trilogy of 20th Century Fox movies, Raul Julia played Gomez and reportedly loved doing so – it was apparently his favorite role. Except for when he burst a blood vessel in his eye.
Not only can this be painful – and lead to vision problems – but it also created a big red patch in one of Julia's eyes. While it's not too far off from something you'd see in the Addams family, the movie decided it would be best to give Julia some time off so he could recover. They had to shoot other scenes while he rested.
Going Back to His Roots
“The Addams Family” was Barry Sonnenfeld's directorial debut after serving as cinematographer on a number of well-known films, and he had to step back into that role for some time. Near the end of shooting, director of photography Owen Roizman quit and was replaced by Gale Tattersall.
Shortly thereafter, however, Tattersall had to be rushed to the hospital, and Sonnenfeld served as a cinematographer while also directing. To no one's surprise, the movie ended up running over schedule, but it was still finished and still managed to do pretty well, so all is well that ends well, as Helen would say.