I recently watched the Addams Family movie on cable TV and it brought back memories of me watching it for the first time. I don’t remember the plot so much but I did remind me of how much I loved the characters and the overall feel of the film. I also enjoyed (to a much lesser extent) the sequel, Addams Family Values. It got me thinking as to why I do in the first place. I mean, if they lived next to me in real life, I’ll probably be like the neighbors and want them out as well.
So, why did I enjoy the characters and the films so much? I guess it’s best to actually look at the family and its members.
Gomez Addams is the patriarch of the family. Although he appears to be a relatively ordinary man, he is highly athletic, able to perform backflips and cartwheels with ease and is a math genius. He becomes extremely aroused when his wife, Morticia, speaks in French. Speaking of Morticia, she has a green thumb as she has a garden where everything grows. Sure, she’d cut off the rose buds and keep the stems, but the mere fact they bloom is a testament to her skills as a gardener. Not only that, she is musically gifted and knows how to play several different instruments.
Gomez and Morticia are the proud parents of Wednesday and Pugsley Addams. Like typical siblings, they enjoy torturing each other but they do go to extremes, such as Wednesday attempting to “hurt” Pugsley in an electric chair. However, there are times when he does try to give Wednesday some comeuppance.
Living with them are their Uncle Fester and Grandmama. Fester is balding and seems to be overweight and out of shape but, like his brother Gomez, he’s extremely athletic. He also has the ability to make a light bulb work by simply putting it in his mouth. Grandmama is Morticia’s mother and is psychic… and possibly a witch since she does love to whip up potions in a large cauldron.
The family also employs a butler named Lurch. He is extremely skilled at many tasks and is a virtuoso at the organ. His size makes it difficult to perform some tasks (such as welcoming guests without frightening them), though. The family also has another servant named Thing… which is actually a severed hand that does other smaller chores, like getting the mail… which is perfect for him!
Now, although all of they family members are decidedly odd, they actually don’t see themselves as different from everyone else! The Addams Family may have a definite macabre sense of humor and outlook in life but they are totally accept each other for who they are.
I guess the best example of how they show their love for each other would be a specific scene in the sequel, The Addams Family Values. The family welcomed a new member with baby Pubert. Sadly, he was born with golden hair and rosy cheeks… very un-Addams like traits. This was because of Fester leaving the house (long story). Anyway, even though he is “different” by the Addams Family’s standards, they do their best to try to care for baby Pubert in the way they know he will feel loved; by being “normal.”
The core values of the Addams Family is their genuine love for one another. They stick together as a family through thick and thin and they actually try to accept the people outside their family circle without judging them. They may be “creepy” and “kooky” and “mysterious” and “spooky,” but they are not bothered by the fact that others label them as different.
While the bizarre and satirical humor does help make the movies enjoyable, the idea that there is a family that truly doesn’t care of another person’s idiosyncrasies is actually refreshing. I do think if more people adapt this kind of attitude to how we treat other people, the world would be a better place.
Did you enjoy the Addams Family films? What about the old cartoons and television series? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!