We were first introduced to Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wendesday, Pugsley and Thing in 1938 where they appeared in The New Yorker as a series of cartoons by Charles Addams.
In the mid 60s The Addams Family lasted for two seasons as a sitcom and then two more as a Saturday morning cartoon in the 70s. Clearly the quirky family didn't have the same success on-screen as they did in comic form.
Then, after Charles Addams passed in 1988, the cartoons even stopped.
That's when in 1991, we got The Addams Family movie which brought the pale family to the cinema. While craziness happened on screen, even more happened off-screen. Check out these things you may have not known about the movie.
1. The idea to bring back The Addams Family came from a car ride.
When Scott Rudin, who was the head of production at 20th Centrury Fox, was riding in a van with other company executives and everyone randomly started singing The Addams Family theme, he knew he had to do something about it.
The next day Rudin pitched the movie, and they went for it!
2. MC Hammer wrote an award-winning song for the movie.
If you saw the movie in its first few weeks in theaters, you would have seen the music video for The Addams Groove play before the film. The final track on Too Legit to Quit would end up being MC Hammer's last visit to the top 10 of the Billboard singles charts in the United States. He also won the 1991 Golden Raspberry for Worst Original Song.
And it earned it.
3. Anthony Hopkins turned down a role in the movie.
Hopkins was offered the role of Fester, but turned it down to play Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. Sean Connery was initially offered the role, but Hopkins ended up with the part. It was a good thing too, because he won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
4. Tim Burton was supposed to direct.
After working with Addams Family screenwriters Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson on previous project he opted to not take the job. More recently he was rumored to be a part of a 3D stop-motion animated Addams Family movie, but then announced he was off the project.
5. The director fainted during shooting.
Only three weeks into directing the film, Barry Sonnenfeld, who was first-time director, was talking to a studio executive about the budget. Sonnenfeld then felt a "tremendous pressure" in his chest, "as if someone was blowing up a balloon inside me," then he passed out. He also had to deal with sciatica during filming and had to shut down production for several days when his wife needed major surgery across the country.