This month we’re kicking off a mini-theme which will eventually have five inductions from the same TV series – four in succession and then the last saved for the penultimate ceremony.
One of the oldest TVXOHOF traditions is the celebration of The Fool in Toobworld. So to begin this theme, there was no better candidate than….
Uncle Fester is a member of the fictional Addams Family. He was played by Jackie Coogan in the original television series.
In the original sitcom of the 1960s, Fester is said to be Morticia's maternal uncle (his name rhymes with Morticia's mother Hester's.)
In the 1960s television series, Fester (played by Jackie Coogan) is uncle to Morticia Addams. In one episode, he became perplexed when asked his last name, suggesting he has somehow forgotten it.
Fester's known ancestry dates back to his Great-Grandfather Blob (not to be confused with Gomez's Cousin Blob, a two-headed ghost), who received the gift of a sacred ruby after he had pried it from the head of a Hindu (to whom it was giving a terrible headache). The ruby remained in the family until Fester unthinkingly used his slingshot to hurl it at a yowling stray cat. "Well, it was the only rock in the house!" he said in his defense.
Per the 1960s sitcom, little is known of Fester's childhood, save that his father (Morticia's maternal grandfather) was an excruciatingly strict man who severely disciplined him, paddling him even when he was good and paying him to stay out of public. (Fester considered this to be experience in "public relations.") He refused to allow Fester to even touch a battle-axe (a treasured toy among people with the Addams's macabre tastes) until he was eight.
As an adult, Fester defended his father's strictness, pointing to his own character as proof of its effectiveness: "I didn't become what I am by accident! I had an upbringing like no other!" Sometime prior to Morticia's marriage to Gomez, Fester worked as a newspaper columnist, writing advice for the lovelorn, but left that job because people kept suing him.
In the greater tele-mosaic, Fester can be found in Earth Prime-Time, Toobworld2, the Tooniverse, and at least one other alternate Toobworld. He is being inducted as a multidimensional, but only for those incarnations which feature Jackie Coogan in the role.
Here are Uncle Fester’s qualifications for his membership:
The Addams Family
Halloween with the New Addams Family
The focus of the plot is around the holiday where the Addams will be celebrating all hallows eve. To them, it's their Christmas time. Before the end of the night, a legend by the name of Cousin Shy comes to give gifts and carve pumpkins. Meanwhile, a group of crooks led by the boss (Parley Baer) want to infiltrate the Addams' home to steal their family fortune by luring Gomez to a lodge meeting far away.
For a TV movie, it very much feels like an extended episode to the show but all in good fun. It's rather shocking, considering the director, David Steinmetz, had no experience prior or after this event. Was he even directing?
- Wednesday Is Missing (1972)
... Uncle Fester (Coogan's voice in both)
The gang's van breaks down near the Addams Family mansion. They end up staying with the creepy and spooky family after a ransom note is discovered in the house. Their daughter, Wednesday, has been kidnapped and will meet an uncertain doom if the Addams' estate is not given over to a mysterious stranger.
The third episode in ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movies’ is certainly the best so far. In the film, the Mystery Machine and its gang are driving through the swamp when once again the van ends up crippled. Being unable to drive, the group is visited by Lurch who then takes them to the creepy castle, which is owned by the Addams' Family. Soon the gang must start an investigation when Wednesday goes missing.
[All summaries, descriptions, and critiques are from the IMDb.]