Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rein-Toon-Ation: Scooby-Doo meets the Addams Family (1972)

Six years after their first live-action series ended, The Addams Family returned, guest-starring on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

The episode, "Wednesday is Missing", was a back-door pilot for the Addamses' next series, the first of two animated incarnations that would bow the next year, albeit on NBC instead of CBS. John Astin reprises as Gomez, but would be replaced by Len Weinrib the following year. Never fear, when the series was revived in 1992, Astin was brought back as Gomez. Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, & Jackie Coogan also returned for this one.

I don't know why NBC got the animated Addams Family, which we reviewed a ways back. It's just one of those things.

Rating: B+.


magicdog said...

The only time all the original adult cast returned (except for Blossom Rock/Grandmama) and CBS couldn't even keep it or John Astin!

I remember watching the first animated series and wondered why Gomez sounded so weird!

Once again one of the few time during the original SD era in which the gang dealt with actual monsters or ghosts, and as usual, they handled it with perfect aplumb!

hobbyfan said...

I think that part of the reason Astin was brought back for the 1992 series was because he'd been working on the Killer Tomatoes toons for Fox, and so was perhaps more amenable to doing the series the 2nd time around.

Aside from that, after having seen this episode in syndication a few times, the 1973 series was inferior due to H-B suddenly going cheap with the casting. Like, they cast Jodie Foster as Puggsley, long before she became an A-list, Oscar winning actress! Who knew?