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In the movie, the family moves to Westfield, New Jersey, where their creator Charles Addams grew up.
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The character designs of the family are directly inspired from the Charles Addams comics, which portrayed them as more macabre and ghoulish for the sake of black comedy. Notably, Wednesday looks solemn, Pugsley is energetic, and Lurch has only one working eye.
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Gomez mentions a relative named Zander who was the black sheep of the family for failing the Mazurka. In Charles Addams' comics, Zander was a college graduate (which still made him the black sheep).
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At 16 minutes, when Gomez is de-arming Pugsley, one of the items he lists is the "Holy Hand Granade(s)" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
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Wednesday has a pet octopus named Socrates in the film. In The Addams Family (1964), the pet octopus was called Aristotle and was owned by Pugsley.
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Thing is a left hand in this version. Unlike previous incarnations when he was usually right. Although in the original The Addams Family (1964), he would sometimes change back and forth, as a joke.
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When Wednesday dances, she does the Droop from The Addams Family: Lurch's Grand Romance (1966).
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Pugsley's room is filled with various road signs. In The Addams Family (1991), Pugsley was shown to have a hobby of collecting stop signs and various road warning signs.
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Wednesday's braids are tied into nooses, a new style for the character not seen before.
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Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron recorded their lines separately and did not actually meet until doing press for the movie.
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The Addams Family coming-of-age ceremony is called the Mazurka, after a lively Polish folk dance.
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At one point, Gomez is seen standing on his head. In The Addams Family (1964), Gomez often read the newspaper while practicing his yoga, often using headstand positions.
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The license plate of Gomez and Morticia's car reads "CHAS 1938." Chas was the nickname of "Addams Family" creator Charles Addams, who began his comic in 1938 in the New Yorker newspaper.
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Back in 2010, it was announced that Illumination Entertainment, in partnership with Universal Pictures, had acquired the film rights to the Addams Family. The film was planned to be entirely stop-motion animated with the characters based on Charles Addams' original drawings. Tim Burton was set to co-write and co-produce the film, with the possibility to direct as well. In July 2013, however, it was reported that the film was cancelled.
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Morticia says there's usually a murderous clown attached to the end of balloons. This is a homage to the horror story It (2017), whose film adaptation starred Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley Addams).
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The film marks the first time Pugsley is voiced by a boy in an animated Addams Family media. Prior to this, Pugsley has been voiced by adults.
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While the movie has the theme song of the original show The Addams Family (1964), most of the elements are taken mostly from The Addams Family (1991) movie series and the 1990s TV projects. Uncle Fester is Gomez' brother while in the original show he was Morticia's mother's brother. (Although there were a few inconsistent moments in the show where he seemed to be Gomez' uncle.) Wednesday is the older child in the movie but the younger child in the show. Furthermore in the show Pugsley had an octopus pet named Aristotle, not Wednesday, whose octopus' name is Socrates. In the original show it was Morticia who convinced Gomez that Wednesday (and Pugsley) have to go to school in The Addams Family: The Addams Family Goes to School (1964), not the other way around, as in this movie. The Addams Mazurka ceremony was introduced in the 1991 film's elaborate show stopping musical number. However, the movie restores Grandmama to her status as Gomez' mother, whereas she was Morticia's mother in some of the 1990s versions. (This last bit was lampshaded in an Addams Family stage play, where Gomez and Morticia argue about whose mother Grandmama is.)
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The hairy cousin was named It in the original comic strip, but changed to Itt in The Addams Family (1964). In this movie, his name is changed back to It.
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This is the first animated feature length film adaptation of the Addams Family comics, but the third animated adaptation after The Addams Family (1973) and The Addams Family (1992).
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Several family members are taken directly from Charles Addams cartoons. The man and woman who sneak in behind Auntie Sloom and Slooms attendant appears in Addams original cartoons. The signs in Pugsley's room are a reference to and Addams cartoon. When Morticia is having her seance and tea, there is a statue head behind her at one point that resembles Grandmama: the head looks like an Iron Maiden Grandmama uses as a dress makers dummy in an Addams illustration.
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The tree near the Addams' house is called Ichabod. This is in reference to Ichabod Crane, the main character in Washington Irving's novella The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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Pugsley violently enters the foyer and shouts "Heeeeere's Pugsley!" This is a double reference. In The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), secondary host Ed McMahon introduced Johnny Carson with "Heeeeere's Johnny!" In the haunted house movie The Shining (1980), Jack Nicholson ad libbed McMahon's line as part of Jack Torrance's murderous rampage. There is an apparent further Shining reference in the film, when Wednesday enters the school hallway and sees a pair of twins posed much like the ghostly girls encountered by Danny Torrance.
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Thing in this incarnation has a single eye strapped to his wrist, a joke relating to questions about how it gets around.
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In the French version of this film, the character of Gomez Addams is dubbed by Kev Adams.
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Margaux Needler is the third animated villain character for Allison Janney to voice, after Gladys Sharp from Over the Hedge (2006) and Edwina Grunion from Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), as well as the first one that's not in a film from DreamWorks Animation and the first one to reform.
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Cousin Itt is "voiced" in this movie by hip hop artist Snoop Dogg. When the character appeared in the 1991 live action movie, he was listening to "2 Legit 2 Quit" by hip hop artist MC Hammer.
Before recording for Granny Addams in this movie, Bette Middler had won the Tony Award as Dolly Levi in the Broadway revival of 'Hello Dolly.' in the 1991 'The Addams Family' cartoon series, Granny was voiced by Carol Channing, the original Dolly Levi.
In the opening wedding scene Morticia is shown emerging from what is apparently her home in a sewer. The first Charles Addams cartoon to show Morticia showed her telling her date "Well here's where I say good night," standing before an open sewer with a ladder leading down it.
Toward the end when the town comes to rebuild the Addams' home, part of it is pink. In The Addams Family (1964), a lot of the set was painted pink to get the right shades of black, white, and grey for the black-and-white screening.
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Fester develops an attraction with Margaux, and by the end of the film is romantically involved with her. In the 1990s Addams Family films and TV shows, it was a recurring theme that Fester fell in love with the female antagonist of the week.
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Part of the film revolves around Wednesday attending the local public school. This was also the plot of the series pilot The Addams Family: The Addams Family Goes to School (1964), later remade as The New Addams Family: The Addams Family Goes to School (1998).
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