From a cartoon to a TV show, movies, stage productions and animated films, The Addams Family has come a long way in many forms, from its original conception as a comic book to Netflix’s new television series Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams and full of Easter eggs referencing her many incarnations. Named after cartoonist Charles Addams, who first published his cartoons in The New Yorker, the Addams family is the reverse of America’s middle-class suburban WASP family. Instead of having white picket fences, a blonde bored housewife, a husband who resents his job all day and his wife all evening, and children who have high expectations but receive little emotional support, the Addams are the exact opposite in both appearances. and family dynamics.
Despite their fascination with death, suffering, and all things morbid like that, the Addams Family love and support each other, unbound by social niceties and the expectation of presenting appropriate appearances. The Tim Burton produced Wednesday, however, deviates slightly from the themes of the original Addams Family canon, presumably to update the context of teenage angst for the modern viewer. Instead of a family drama, the show focuses on Wednesday’s coming of age, altering Wednesday’s relationship with his parents to give him a character arc claiming his independence. Additionally, Wednesday and his peers are given superpowers. Despite the discrepancies between the reimagined series and the original films, Wednesday still harkens back to the Addams Family canon throughout the show.
Where does the name Wednesday come from?
Originally, all the Addams Family characters had no name. Wednesday’s episode 1 title, which Morticia explains in the episode, is an easter egg where creator Charles Addams first found inspiration for Wednesday’s name when his unnamed cartoon characters had to be suitable for television. Befitting his macabre character, Wednesday’s name comes from a nursery rhyme with the phrase “Wednesday’s child is full of misfortune”. First printed in 1838, the full poem by an anonymous writer reads:
Monday’s child has a beautiful face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace
Wednesday’s child is full of misfortune
Thursday’s child still has a lot to do
Friday’s child loves and gives
Saturday’s kid works hard for a living
And the child born on the Sabbath day
Is beautiful and cheerful, and good and cheerful.
Christina Ricci Returns to Netflix’s Wednesday
Before Ortega took on the role of Wednesday Addams for the Netflix show, 9 actresses either portrayed Wednesday onscreen or voiced the character for animation in front of her. Christina Ricci, in particular, created the most iconic on-screen image of the little goth girl. Christina Ricci returns to Netflix’s Wednesday 19 years later to join the Addams Family universe in its new incarnation. Christina stars as Marilyn Thornhill in the new Wednesday series, Orphelia Hall’s ‘Dorm Mom’, aka the Wednesday Residence Warden, as well as a professor of botanical science. The first and only “normal” teacher to join the staff of Nevermore Academy in the school’s entire history, Marilyn Thornhill is friendly, shy and mostly keeps to herself, but she hides a sinister secret about her past that no one in school or in town knows.
The Scooby Doo Crossover Episode
In Wednesday’s Season 1 Episode 4, the Jericho Town Sheriff makes a Scooby Doo reference that reciprocates the new Scooby Doo movies starring the Addams Family in a crossover episode set in 1972. “Listen Velma,” Sheriff Donovan Galpin said Wednesday, “why don’t you and the Scooby gang do your homework and leave the investigation to the professionals? In the original 1972 series crossover episode, titled “Wednesday Is Missing,” Gomez and Morticia go on a second honeymoon, leaving the mystery-solving group to sit down for the Addams, but Wednesday disappears, forcing the gang to solve it. deal before Gomez and Morticia return.
Homer, the Wednesday pet spider
Wednesday Season 1, Episode 6 has a flashback to Wednesday’s past birthday parties, including a scene where Wednesday opens a piñata full of spiders. The spiders scare the other kids at the party, but crawl everywhere on a quiet, collected Wednesday. In the 1964 TV series The Addams Family, Wednesday actually had a pet spider named Homer, which she kept in a box. Although Homer doesn’t appear in Wednesday, Wednesday’s love of creepy critters takes the form of another of his childhood pets. In a rare bonding moment between Wednesday and her roommate Enid, Wednesday mentions that she had a pet scorpion, Nero, when she was 6, who was tragically killed by a couple of cruel boys who bullied her.
Cousin Ignatius Itt
Another easter egg from Wednesday is the portrait of cousin Ignatius Itt in the basement of the Nightshades secret society, behind which is a safe containing a crucial document that serves as a clue to Wednesday’s case. Ignatius Itt, as Uncle Fester, Gomez’s brother, introduces him on Wednesday, is part of the original cast of Addams Family members in the first television rendition of The Addams Family. Cousin Itt, though biologically related to the Addams, does not appear to be human, but is comprised entirely of blonde hair that extends from his head to the floor. He also wears a bowler hat and round sunglasses and speaks incomprehensible gibberish.
The Wednesday dorm is named after his aunt
Like Cousin Itt, a few other supporting characters from the extended Addams Family make official and unofficial appearances on the show. Uncle Fester and Grandma Addams are brought up a few times, for example, usually on Wednesdays, threatening little anecdotes as a scare tactic. Seemingly Wednesday’s favorite family member, Uncle Fester makes a cameo in Episode 7, while Grandma Addams doesn’t appear at all in Season 1 of Wednesday. Ophelia Frump, Morticia Addams and Wednesday’s sister and Pugsley’s aunt in the original 1964 The Addams Family television series, is not mentioned by any of Wednesday’s characters by name, but the writers named Wednesday’s dorm to Nevermore Academy after Ophelia as another hidden Easter. egg for an informed public.