Friday, Oct 21, 2011
by Louis Smeedly
It's The Addams Family
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family.”
Called a satirical inversion of the ideal family, the Addams Family have always seemed like a healthy family to us. From Gomez’s unyielding enthusiasm to Morticia’s devotion to her children, they look like a pretty great family to be a part of. (As long as you’ve got steely nerves and a strong stomach.)
Created by Charles Addams, the cartoons were published between 1938 and Addams’s death in 1988. They inspired adaptations to television shows (The Addams Family, 1964-1966, and The New Addams Family, 1998-1999), several animated series (The Addams Family, 1973-1975, and The Addams Family: The Animated Series, 1992-1995), a TV movie (Halloween with the New Addams Family, 1977), films (The Addams Family, 1991, Addams Family Values, 1993, Addams Family Reunion, 1998), and a stage musical which opened on Broadway in 2010.
And while the adaptations are wonderful (it’s a real toss-up between John Astin and Raúl Juliá), nothing really comes close to the level of ghastly macabre and black humor found in the original illustrations. And the macabre really warms our hearts.Maybe because every family is a little ooky, whether they show it or not.
This reproduction of the original Mantagon model sheet #2- Privates drawn by designer Philip La...