Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Addams Family - Christmas With the Addams Family (1965)

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Christmas With the Addams Family (1965) - TV review plus screencaps:
The Addams Family
"Christmas With the Addams Family" is the Christmas themed episode of The Addams Family.  It originally aired on Christmas Eve, 1965.  In the episode, The Addams Family's neighbor, Mr. Thompson, tells the the Addams children, Wednesday and Pugsley, that there is no Santa Claus.  Not wanting the children to be disillusioned, the family decides to dress Uncle Fester up in a Santa suit for the children.  But when Uncle Fester fails to arrive, Gomez, Morticia, Grandmama, Lurch, and even hairy Cousin Itt all take it on themselves to dress up as Santa.  Soon the Addams Family house is full of oddball Santacli (that's the plural of Santa Claus, right?) and sitcom hijinx ensue.
A Horde of Santacli Descend Upon the Addams Family Abode
In many ways, this episode is a typically "heartwarming" Christmas TV show.  It features everything you would expect from such a thing, such as decorations, presents, Christmas music, and children having their faith in Santa reaffirmed.  The episode even breaks the fourth wall at the end, and has the Addams Family singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" directly in to the camera and the viewers at home.  Yet it is peppered with bits of the Addams Family's perverse humor that keep it from being too saccharine. 
Morticia and Gomez Prepare their Christmas Gifts
One of my favorite gags had Wednesday and Pugsley fanning the flames of the fireplace in anticipation of Santa coming down it (this bit was taken directly from a Charles Addams cartoon).  Another had Pugsley wanting a bow and arrow for Christmas, so he could shoot apples off of Uncle Fester's head.  Gomez tells Pugsley to be careful not to hit Fester's head, because "it will ruin your arrow."
Wednesday and Pugsley Prepare for Santa's Arrival

Christmas elements of "Christmas With the Addams Family" include:
  • A bell-ringing Santa Claus raising money for charity.
  • Various members of the Addams Family dressed as Santa.
  • Mistletoe.
  • A Christmas tree.
  • The songs "Deck the Halls" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" are sung.
  • A "musical hammer" plays "Jingle Bells."
  • Christmas presents are given and received.
  • Children writing a letter to Santa Claus.
  • A Christmas tree and presents from Santa Claus magically appear.
Magic Christmas Tree
This is a great show to watch with your family during the holidays, and unlike many of the scarier Christmas horror movies I have been reviewing for the last few weeks, this is appropriate for family members of all ages, even the old people.

Rating: 3½ Robots (out of 5)

More screencaps after the jump...

Addams Family Portrait

Addams Family Home

Gomez Hangs the Mistletoe

An Embrace in the Dark

Morticia Brings a Christmas present

Indian Rope Charmer

Wednesday Pantomimes Slitting a Throat

Fester Admires the Dead Christmas Tree

Morticia Talks on the Phone

Fester Claus Considers the Chimney

Gomez and Morticia Trim the Tree

Fester Claus Gets a Lungful of Smoke

Morticia's Christmas Carol

Lurch and Thing Play Along

Gomez Comes Up With a Plan



Gomez Meets a Charity Santa

Gomez Claus Enters the Window

Lurch-a Claus

Pugsley and Wednesday are Getting Suspicious

Morticia's Chrsitmas Gift

Singing to the Audience

Cousin Itt

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