Munsters vs Addams
The fourth Susanita’s Little Gallery show is a tribute to two fictitious families, The Addams Family and The Munsters. Both have in common, that their members are characters tenderly frightening, and also represent a criticism to the hypocrite society, so tiring with false appearance and banalities. They are misunderstood, but on the other side, the audience loves them, since them don´t care about what people will say and they keep unaware and happy with their peculiar view of the world.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams (1912 - 1988). The Addams Family characters include Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, Pubert Addams and Thing. They originally appeared as an unrelated group of 150 single panel cartoons, most of them originally published in The New Yorker since 1938. They have since been adapted to other media, including television series (both live and animated), films, books, video games and a musical.
In 1964, the ABC-TV network created The Addams Family television series based on Addams's cartoon characters. The first chapter was aired the 18 of September of that year. The series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons in 64 half-hour episodes. The television series featured a memorable theme song, written and arranged by composer Vic Mizzy. The song's arrangement was dominated by a harpsichord, and featured finger-snaps as percussive accompaniment. The series was starred by John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley, Lisa Loring as Wednesday, Ted Cassidy as Lurch and Thing, Blossom Rock as Grandmama, Felix Silla as Cousin Itt and Fester Addams was played by Jackie Coogan, the Kid in the Charles Chaplin film.
In the early 60's Hanna-Barbera used the Addams Family in a Scooby-Doo chapter, and the good welcome of the audience, motivated the creation of her own animated series aired from 1973 to 1975 "The Addams Family Fun-House".
In 1977 was aired the TV movie "Halloween with the New Addams Family". But it will be the film released in 1999 "The Addams Family", (with Raul Julia as Gomez, Angelica Huston as Morticia, and a young Christina Ricci as Wednesday and Mc Hammer soundtrack) when this peculiar family will be well know worldwide. Because of the success two sequels were filmed "Addams Family Values (1993) and Addams Family Reunion (1998, with Tim Curry as Gomez).
Also from 1992 to 1995 the Addams Family starred "The Addams Family: The Animated Series", and from 1998 to 1999 a "The New Addams Family" real life series.
The Munsters is an American family television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of monsters. Shot in black and white, it stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa, Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster and Beverly Owen (from ep. 1-13) and Pat Priest (ep. 14-70) as Marilyn Munster. It was aired on the CBS Television Network from the 24 of September of 1964, just one week after "The Addams Family" was aired in ABC channel, to the 12 of May of 1966, for 70 episodes. Also in 1966 all the cast, but Pat Priest, starred the film "Munster, Go Home!", in which we could see them in color.
Because of his popularity there was a sizable amount of merchandise produced for the show, a set of rubber squeak toys, a model kit of the house, model kits of the Munster Koach and Drag-u-La. There was also a model of the living room with Herman in his electric chair, Eddie squatting in front of the fire, Lily was knitting and Grandpa was hanging, bat like, from the rafters. Gold Key Comics produced a "Munsters" comic book which ran 16 issues from 1965 to 1968. Even a videogame was published in 1989.
This family also had his animated version in 1973 TV movie "The Mini-Munsters". But they have never stopped. In 1981 was aired the TV movie "The Munsters' Revenge". From 1988 to 1991 they came back with a new tv series, "The Munsters Today". And we could see them again in the movies "Here Come the Munsters"(1995) and "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas"(1996).
Variety is multi-million dollar philanthropic organization with locations throughout the United States. Variety's National Mobility Program provides much needed assistance to children with mobility concerns.
Starting with a baby left on the doorsteps of a movie theater in 1928, they have continued to be a group of local business men and women, many of whom hail from the theater and movie business, reaching out to children in need. Today, through the efforts of their enthusiastic volunteers and generous corporate contributors, they remain true to our heritage by bringing children real, tangible help. You can found more information about it on their web site.
From Susanita’s Little Gallery, and thanks to the artist generosity, we collaborate with this Charity, donating the 20% of the sales from the exhibition “Munsters vs Addams”. Even so, if you want to contribute with this initiative, without need of purchasing any of the artworks, you can see how through this link.
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