History Trivia / TheAddamsFamily

6th Oct '17 10:11:48 PM MatthewRenn
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** The 'Mamushka' dance sequence was originally intended to be much longer, but was cut down significantly after test audiences complained that it 'ground the movie to a halt.'
6th Oct '17 10:03:25 PM MatthewRenn
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* TroubledProduction: Ooooh boy, here we go;
** Problems began with producer Scott Rudin, who at the time was head of production at 20th Century Fox, who initially pitched the film to his colleagues. However, the franchise's right were held by Orion Pictures, and Fox was unable to purchase the rights due to Orion's plans to create a new television series.
** Pre-production finally began after Charles Addams' ex-wife sold her portion of the rights to Orion, who at that point had scrapped their idea for a series and instead decided to make a feature film. Rudin left Fox to serve as producer, and a screenplay was penned by Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson (of ''{{Edward Scissorhands}}'' fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''{{Addams Family Values}}''. Several rewrites followed, and after {{Tim Burton}} passed the director's chair, it was taken up by {{Barry Sonnenfeld}}, who at the time had only ever worked as a cinematographer and had no directorial experience. Sonnenfeld's lack of experience proved to a problem, as he repeatedly had on-set panic attacks and lost 13 pounds in less than 10 weeks. Sonnenfeld asked Rudin to let him go, but the producer refused.
** Three months prior to the end of principal photography, director of photography Owen Roizman suddenly quit and had to be replaced by Gale Tattersall, who had to be rushed to the hospital just weeks later and was replaced by Sonnenfeld himself.
** Raul Julia missed several days of shooting after a blood vessel in his eye burst, and Sonnenfeld had to split his time between Los Angeles and New York after his wife fell ill with several weeks of shooting left.
** During principal photography, Orion Pictures began suffering serious financial issues after a string of expensive flops, and in an effort to recoup their losses sold the film to Paramount Pictures mid-shoot after the film went over-budget.
** Problems followed the film after release. Orion had failed to sell the film's full foreign distribution rights to Paramount, which ended up being held by MGM, who in some territories have their properties owned by 20th Century Fox. As a result, the film didn't recieve a DVD release outside of North America or the United Kingdom until 2013.
23rd Aug '17 3:09:23 PM CaptainColdCutCliche
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** Ophelia was originally going to have a brief scene in the first movie.
19th Aug '17 8:09:01 AM CaptainColdCutCliche
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*** This is a wonderful example of ShownTheirWork: This is based off a New Yorker cartoon by Creator/CharlesAddams, completely unrelated to the family at that!
13th Aug '17 5:44:40 PM bowserbros
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** Music/MichaelJackson was planned to write a horror-themed song for ''Values'' along with a promotional music video using clips from the film. However, plans for this were dropped due to contractual disputes between Paramount and Epic Records (it's commonly purported that these plans were dropped because of Jackson's child molestation accusations in late 1993, though there's no evidence to support this theory). The song would eventually be released four years later on Jackson's album ''[[Music/HIStoryPastPresentAndFutureBookI Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix]]'' as "Is it Scary," and served as a basis for the song "Ghosts" on the same album.
7th Aug '17 2:56:32 AM mcgrew
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* YouLookFamiliar: Nathan Lane, who previously had a bit part as a police officer in ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', went on to play Gomez in the Broadway adaptation.
22nd Jul '17 9:32:37 PM Green_lantern40
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** ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFDh_U2syXo teaser trailer]] has a nurse examining babies in a maternity ward, all while adoring parents look on behind glass. She comes to a crib that's covered in a massive black overhang and opens it up to examine, then turns around and screams once she sees what's inside. Like the original, this clip was shot specifically for marketing purposes, and never appears in the final film.

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** ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues''' ''Addams Family Values''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFDh_U2syXo teaser trailer]] has a nurse examining babies in a maternity ward, all while adoring parents look on behind glass. She comes to a crib that's covered in a massive black overhang and opens it up to examine, then turns around and screams once she sees what's inside. Like the original, this clip was shot specifically for marketing purposes, and never appears in the final film.
14th Jun '17 2:12:20 PM Mario1995
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** Creator/AnthonyHopkins turned down the role of Uncle Fester.

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** Orion executives wanted Creator/AnthonyHopkins turned down to portray the role of Uncle Fester.Fester, according to some behind-the-scenes chatter. Hopkins refused, instead wanting the role of [[Literature/SilenceOfTheLambs a deranged psychopath in another Orion film]].
15th May '17 12:12:58 PM Green_lantern40
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** An early teaser trailer for the first movie begins with footage of another film that's being played in a theater. The character in the film turns and screams at something in the audience. As everyone turns back to look, it is revealed that the entire family is occupying the back row, and they snap their fingers in time to the theme music before the teaser ends. This sequence was shot specifically for the teaser, and features Creator/ChristopherLloyd in early makeup for Uncle Fester.

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** An early [[https://youtu.be/IqC4ur1WicQ teaser trailer trailer]] for the first movie begins with footage of another film that's being played in a theater. The character in the film turns and screams at something in the audience. As everyone turns back to look, it is revealed that the entire family is occupying the back row, and they snap their fingers in time to the theme music before the teaser ends. This sequence was shot specifically for the teaser, and features Creator/ChristopherLloyd in early makeup for Uncle Fester.
14th May '17 11:58:36 PM Green_lantern40
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* TheOtherDarrin: A sort-of example from the series: the man playing Thing occasionally used his left hand just to see if anybody would notice.

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A sort-of example from the series: the man playing Thing occasionally used his left hand just to see if anybody would notice.notice.
** Jane Rose replaced the ailing Blossom Rock as Grandmama for ''Halloween with the New Addams Family''.
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