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* CreatorCameo: Director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld has an uncredited appearance as the passenger of Gomez's train replica and composer Marc Shaiman appears in the "Mamushka" scene as the redbeard music conductor.

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* CreatorCameo: Director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld has an uncredited appearance as the passenger of Gomez's train replica and composer Marc Shaiman appears in the "Mamushka" scene as the redbeard music conductor.BreakthroughHit: For Creator/BarrySonnenfeld.


* ActorAllusion: The 1960s TV episode "Morticia The Breadwinner" contains one to Morticia's actress, Carolyn Jones, whereupon Morticia and Uncle Fester are deciding on a good assumed name they can use to call Gomez's stockbroker: 'Jones?' asks Morticia. 'What kind of a name is that?!' replies Uncle Fester irritably.



* PlayingGertrude: Carol Kane is ''26 years younger'' than the actress she [[TheOtherDarrin Darrined]], making her younger than either Huston or Julia.



** 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 ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' & ''Film/Beetlejuice'' fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''Addams Family Values''. Several rewrites followed, and after Creator/TimBurton 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.

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** 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 ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' & ''Film/Beetlejuice'' ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''Addams Family Values''. Several rewrites followed, and after Creator/TimBurton 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.


* RoleReprisal: The series had new actors for most of the family, but had Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy once again reprise their roles as Uncle Fester and Lurch. John Astin returned to his role as Gomez in the 1973 cartoon.

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* RoleReprisal: RoleReprisal:
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The 1973 animated series had new actors for most of the family, but had Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy once again reprise their roles as Uncle Fester and Lurch. John Astin returned to his role as Gomez in the 1973 cartoon.1992 cartoon.
** Nicole Fugere (Wednesday) was the only cast member from ''Addams Family Reunion'' to reprise her role for ''The New Addams Family''.

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** TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: From the ending scene of the first movie, where Wednesday justifies not having a halloween costume with the line "This ''is'' my costume. I'm a homicidal maniac. They look just like everyone else."

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* RoleReprisal: The series had new actors for most of the family, but had Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy once again reprise their roles as Uncle Fester and Lurch. John Astin returned to his role as Gomez in the 1973 cartoon.


* WagTheDirector: According to director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld, in the first film, [[spoiler:Gordon Craven ''wasn't'' supposed to have been Fester all along, [[http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/barry-sonnenfeld--men-in-black-3.html but still an imposter]], though the family would've accepted him as Fester anyway, as, in Sonnenfeld's words, "...family wasn't about blood, it was about love."]] Sonnenfeld described Creator/AnjelicaHuston as "passionately against" the idea and Creator/RaulJulia as "outraged" (though funnily enough Creator/ChristopherLloyd himself didn't care either way), and in the end, the cast chose ten-year-old Creator/ChristinaRicci to convince Sonnenfeld to change the ending.



* WagTheDirector: According to director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld, in the first film, [[spoiler:Gordon Craven ''wasn't'' supposed to have been Fester all along, [[http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/barry-sonnenfeld--men-in-black-3.html but still an imposter]], though the family would've accepted him as Fester anyway, as, in Sonnenfeld's words, "...family wasn't about blood, it was about love."]] Sonnenfeld described Creator/AnjelicaHuston as "passionately against" the idea and Creator/RaulJulia as "outraged" (though funnily enough Creator/ChristopherLloyd himself didn't care either way), and in the end, the cast chose ten-year-old Creator/ChristinaRicci to convince Sonnenfeld to change the ending.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As stated above, a third film was planned, but Raul Julia succumbed to his stomach cancer in 1994, and the film never came about since Julia was deemed irreplaceable.

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* WagTheDirector: According to director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld, in the first film, [[spoiler:Gordon Craven ''wasn't'' supposed to have been Fester all along, [[http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/barry-sonnenfeld--men-in-black-3.html but still an imposter]], though the family would've accepted him as Fester anyway, as, in Sonnenfeld's words, "...family wasn't about blood, it was about love."]] Sonnenfeld described Creator/AnjelicaHuston as "passionately against" the idea and Creator/RaulJulia as "outraged" (though funnily enough Creator/ChristopherLloyd himself didn't care either way), and in the end, the cast chose ten-year-old Creator/ChristinaRicci to convince Sonnenfeld to change the ending.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** As stated above, a third film was planned, but Raul Julia succumbed to his stomach cancer in 1994, and the film never came about since Julia was deemed irreplaceable.


* CreatorCameo: Director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld has an uncredited appearance as the passenger of Gomez's train replica and composer Marc Shaiman appears in the "Mamushka" scene as the redbeard music conductor.



** An early [[https://youtu.be/IqC4ur1WicQ 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.
*** 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!

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** An early [[https://youtu.be/IqC4ur1WicQ 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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Fester. 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!


* StarMakingRole: Creator/ChristinaRicci's beloved performance as Wednesday in the first two movies made her not only a star, but also a 90's goth icon.

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* StarMakingRole: Creator/ChristinaRicci's beloved performance as Wednesday in the first two movies not only made her not only a star, but also a 90's goth icon.


** Creator/TimBurton was originally set to direct.

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** Creator/TimBurton was originally set to direct. Other candidates included Creator/JoeDante, Creator/TerryGilliam and Creator/DavidLynch.



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* YouLookFamiliar: Mercedes [=McNab=], who plays the girl scout in the first film, plays Amanda Buckman in the second film. Though as noted on the main page, they could very well be the same character.


** 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 ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' & ''Film/Beetlejuice''fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''Addams Family Values''. Several rewrites followed, and after Creator/TimBurton 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.

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** 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 ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' & ''Film/Beetlejuice''fame), ''Film/Beetlejuice'' fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''Addams Family Values''. Several rewrites followed, and after Creator/TimBurton 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.


** 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 ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''Addams Family Values''. Several rewrites followed, and after Creator/TimBurton 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.

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** 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 ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' fame), & ''Film/Beetlejuice''fame), with additional material by an uncredited Paul Rudnick, who would go onto write the sequel ''Addams Family Values''. Several rewrites followed, and after Creator/TimBurton 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.


* AcclaimedFlop: ''Addams Family Values'' has higher critical reception than the first film, but made less money at the box office.

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* AcclaimedFlop: ''Addams Family Values'' has higher critical reception than the first film, but made far less money at the box office.

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* AcclaimedFlop: ''Addams Family Values'' has higher critical reception than the first film, but made less money at the box office.

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