They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky, and you can't write a an article about them without saying that stuff first. Sorry. Anyways, yeah, gotta recommend you check this one out for the Halloween season, guys. There are 3 volumes on DVD, and they make up the whole show, though you also can buy the whole show in one set, which would have been nice, but when I found volume 1 cheap at Wal-Mart recently, I had to pick it up. I just couldn't wait. I was in the mood for some Addams Family. This is, of course, the original, black and white TV show from the 1960's. Now, a lot of you might prefer The Munsters. The shows basically ran at the same time. However, well, it's hard for me to pick a fave, but this show is certainly just as good as the Munsters, so why not just enjoy both, huh? I always did. I grew up with afternoon reruns of this stuff, and it certainly was a big influence on me. Then, the Addams Family movies came out in the 90's, I eventually developed a major Christina Ricci/Wednesday crush, and I also LOVED the animated series that followed the Ricci films. I'm a big Addams Family fan, I guess you could say, and did you know it is all based on a comic strip by the late Charles Addams? Somewhere, I've got a big book of those comics that I picked up during my Ricci obsession. Good stuff. Anyways, if you don't know it, this show is about a family that is strange in a goth sort of way. They're not all out monsters like the Munsters, and yet, they are probably far less "normal". Definitely the "darker" of the two families, yet they're very cheerful and happy to be such. They're just... different, and we love 'em that way. Yeah, most of the episodes are about people coming to see them and getting freaked out, but they're still really funny! John Astin's performance as patriarch Gomez is particularly great! And little Wednesday there, Lisa Loring, boy, did she turn into a knockout in the reunion Halloween special, "Halloween with the New Addams Family". Too bad that's not on DVD! Luckily, there IS a Halloween special in this volume one set. I can't say much about the other two volumes. This is all I have for now, but it's great to have on while you're working on your costume or doing whatever else you have to do this month. Highly recommended!
Oh, heck, might as well talk about the movies too!
As I said, I was quite a fanatic for these films. I had all the merchandise and watched them several times in theaters, and I watched the cartoon series religiously too (incidentally, the 60's show also had a cartoon series; Never seen that one, but there IS a DVD available of it that I need to get sometime). The plots weren't anything spectacular. In both films, someone greedy is trying to steal the Addams fortune. This would happen with the old show too. The Addamses happen to be pretty well off. In the first film (starring Anjelica Huston, the late Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd), the scheme is to use an imposter of Uncle Fester to infiltrate the Addams home and find the secret vault. In the second film, Uncle Fester marries a black widow style murderess, the type who marries wealthy men and bumps them off for the money. The second film also has a subplot of Wednesday and Puglsey at summer camp, where Wednesday gets her first boyfriend, and there's a new baby in the Addams house too, little Pubert (interesting note, that was the original name Pugsley was going to have, but it was considered inappropriate at the time). All in all though, the main plots are nothing special, but this doesn't matter much. They are just enough to allow the showcasing of the real entertainment, the weirdness of the Addams Family! However, the writing is so good, and the acting as well, that these films do a great job at showing how even a tired plot like someone trying to steal the Addams' fortune can seem totally excellent! You won't be bored for a moment during these movies, which are visually gorgeous too, with fantastic music as well. Both are highly recommended. Lots of laughs, great performances, and fascinating visuals. This is a pair for the ol' DVD collection (hope they come to Blu-Ray soon), and definitely ones you'll want to watch plenty around the holiday season. Highly recommended!
As an added note, don't bother with the recent porn parody version. Very disappointing, ha. Look, porn parody people, just use Lexi Belle for all the characters I like, okay? If you can't get her, ask me for another suggestion. There are 4 or 5 other great ones. You probably wouldn't get much out of the Saban direct-to video-sequel to theses films, "Addams Family Reunion", either. Still, it stars Tim Curry, so might be worth a single viewing. I saw it once and don't really remember it. I might have to rewatch it, since I think I do have it around somewhere still. However, if you were a fan of the live action show from the 90's (I forget which cable network it was on, Family Channel maybe?), you may like Addams Family Reunion. Some of the actors (the kids for example) were the same. I never watched that show either, probably because I wasn't happy with the Wednesday in it as a choice to follow Ricci. However, the feature films and the original TV show have my highest recommendation! (nope, haven't seen the Broadway show yet; maybe it'll go on tour)