Who wouldn’t recognize the fictional household of the Addams Family? For decades, it has been a favorite Halloween costume of both young and old. Created by Americancartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams Family is actually eighty one years old! Its original cast include Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, close family relative Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their good ole’ butler Lurch, and Pugsley’s pet octopus Aristotle. It was only later in 1954 when the creator began to introduce new characters such as the disembodied hand Thing and in Gomez’s Cousin Itt in 1964. The wealthy Addams clan who delight in the macabre is a satirical inversion of the typical 20th century American family. They don’t really care if ordinary people, including neighbors are frightened by their mere presence. In the 1990s, two feature film series were released and both were nominated at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Hugo Awards. Hollywood actress Anjelica Houston, who portrayed the role of Morticia Addams, was nominated twice for Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards.
Meanwhile, last October 11, another Addams Family movie was shown in theaters around the Philippines just in time for Halloween. This time, it was an animated cartoon film under Universal Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. The voice behind the iconic Morticia Addams is none other than our favorite sophisticated and versatile Hollywood superstar – Charlize Theron. Her role as matriarch of the household is described as a calm, hot goth who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Charlize Theron thinks that the enduring legacy of The Addams Family is a symbol of what a family truly means, “I think at the core, why people really respond to the Addams family, is because ultimately they will always be Addams and they take pride in that and never try to change themselves for anybody.”
She added, “This film reminds us that whatever we think is normal is something very different for each individual. Of course, it’s a really fun film to go see, but there is an underlying message: being different is not a bad thing and we need to celebrate that a little bit more. And I love that I’m a part of something that carries that message.”
Charlize’s portrayal of Morticia’s voice sounded of a mid-Atlantic decent, for which Theron practiced for months by listening to Katherine Hepburn recordings. The forty four year old movie star described the iconic Morticia Addams as stoic with good posture and very articulate. She added, “Since this was an origin story, I wanted to find a way to suddenly bring her in when she was younger, when she fell in love with Gomez, and then slowly once they’ve moved in and had this family that she really kind of takes ownership of her leading role in this house.”