It’s a bootiful#SplatterdayMourning, so Spring out of bed, ’cause it’s toon time! 🙂
Today is October Eve, so who better to spend this creepy-crawly day with than the family that lives Halloween 24/7, The Addams Family! The Addams clan are certainly no strangers to cartoons, having been (re)animated many, many times throughout the fears years. Their first cartoon series was in 1972, and they appeared on The New Scooby Doo Movies around that same slime time. They’ve been in cartoon commercials and were rumored to be starring in a full-length stop-motion film by Tim Burton, so The Addamses have a lot of animated awesomeness to their name. As great as all of those Addams Family terror-vision toons are, my personal favorite is the 1992 series, the spine-tingling subject of this #Splatterday!
Oh, howl I LOOOOOOVVE this series! First airing in 1992 and ending in 1993, this incarnation of The Addams Family was made in the swingin’ wake of the 1991 film. What was spooky-cool about this series is that they got the OG Gomez, Mr. John Astin, to once again play the freaky father! How GHOUL is that? Plus, the humor is surprisingly witty and very Addams. For a tie-in, it was pretty groovy!
It used to air on Cartoon Network and later became a staple of Boomerang’s Halloween line-up. If you saw this ‘toon on in the last few years, you knew that the Headless Horseman would be making his yearly ride very soon. To me, this cartoon is the perfect way to usher in the Halloween season and skull-ebrate the triumphant return of October. 🙂 Happy Almost October, Ho-rror Ho-mies!! Enjoy the #Splatterday spoopiness! 🙂 xoxo
A Happy Birthday to the mysterious, spooky, and all-together ooky John Astin, the lovable looney who played Gomez Addams on The Addams Family!
With his wild-eyed exuberance and a cheeky grin, John Astin as Gomez was the frightful father every creepy kid dreamt of. On the series, this groovy ghoul had a lust for life (and death) that was irresistible, and his chemistry with Carolyn Jones made us all want a romance like Gomez and Morticia. After Addams, Mr. Astin portrayed mad scientist Prof. Gangreen in three Attack of the Killer Tomatoes sequels, The Riddler in two episodes of Batman with Adam West, a deranged director in an episode of Tales from the Crypt, The Judge in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, and had a one-man show as Edgar Allan Poe. While not necessarily genre fare, Mr. Astin played the father of Night Court‘s Judge Harry Stone, a part played by magician, IT star, and KH favorite Harry Anderson (#rawwwwr). For a lifetime of spooky-cool achievements and a vested interest in keeping it creepy, we salute John Astin. Good show, old man!
(Figured you could use a palate cleanser after that last most…Enjoy the Addams Awesomeness, Kinky Ho-mies!! 🙂 xoxo)
Ho-wdy, you all-together ooky Ho-mies! We took a trip to the graveyard and dug up something eXXXtraordinarily creepy for you fright fiends: The Addams Family cereal!
Released by Ralston in 1991 to promote the first theatrical Addams Family creature feature, The Addams Family cereal itself was molded into the shapes of headless dolls, skulls, and Thing… Just a few of my favorite “Things.” (#ha! ;)) The box described the cereal as “a mysterious flavor that you’re going to love,” which I’ve taken to mean “pure sugary greatness!” To add to the Addams awesomeness, the cereal also came with Addams flashlights, because who doesn’t find Fester electrifying? 😉
Here is the official description on the side of the box:
Welcome to a delightfully demented breakfast with THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
Getting too old for the same loops and letters in your cereal. Then you’re ready for a new taste adventure with THE ADDAMS FAMILY brand sweetened cereal. Deliciously demented, this new cereal has a mysterious flavor you’re going to love. And the skulls, headless dolls and Thing cereal pieces are as bizarre as THE ADDAMS FAMILY themselves.
Speaking of bizarre, let us introduce you to America’s creepiest, kookiest family:
GOMEZ ADDAMS: The manic father of the clan. He loves playing golf in the family cemetery, crashing his toy trains and romancing his bewitching wife, Morticia.
MORTICIA ADDAMS: The real backbone of the family, Morticia is a raven haired, haunting beauty who cares for her family, her home and her dead plants.
FESTER ADDAMS: Uncle Fester, lost in the Bermuda triangle years ago, is Gomez’s demented older brother. He is also so charged with energy he can light a bulb in his mouth.
PUGSLEY ADDAMS: An energetic monster of a boy. He breeds pet sharks and creates dreadful concoctions with his chemistry set.
WEDNESDAY ADDAMS: The somber and poetic daughter who knows the family’s hiding places and secrets. She enjoys beheading dolls with her toy guillotine.
LURCH: Addam’s gigantic mute Butler who protects the children from healthy influences everywhere.
THING: The disembodied pet hand who’s full of personality. Thing is always willing to serve as a tee for Gomez’s golf ball and to warn the family of impending danger.
These are just a few of the lovable, quirky characters you’ll meet in the new THE ADDAMS FAMILY movie. And now, you can have breakfast with them every morning with the new THE ADDAMS FAMILY Cereal
Here’s the creepy commercial for your viewing pleasure. (Alas, it doesn’t feature Addams Groove by MC Hammer…So I took the liberty of adding it for ya. ;))
As kreepy, kooky bonus, Honey Nut Cheerios did their own Addams Family promotion after the second feature. The box featured an eye-popping magic eye puzzle. Better yet, the commercial featured a ghoulish-looking Wednesday racing Buzz the Bee for some Cheerios. (I guess she’s not a huge fan of her own cereal… ;))
Check out the boXXXes and commercial below:
So much Addams Awesome…Let us do the Dance of Joy Despair in their ho-nor!! 😉 xoxo