Pugsley Addams

Fictional character
Fictional character
Pugsley Addams
The Addams Family 22 character
Pugsley Addams 1964.jpg
Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley in The Addams Family television series
First appearanceThe New Yorker (1938)
Created byCharles Addams
Portrayed byKen Weatherwax (1964 series)
Jimmy Workman (1991 and 1993 films)
Jerry Messing (1998 film)
Decker (2022)
Brody Smith (1998 series)
Isaac Ordonez (Wednesday)
Voiced byJodie Foster (1973 animated series)
Jeannie Elias (1992 animated series)
Finn Wolfhard (2019 film)
Javon Walton (2021 film)
EthnicityWhite / Latino (biracial)
In-universe information
GenderMale
FamilyGomez (father)
Morticia (mother)
Wednesday (younger/older sister)
Pubert[1] (younger brother)
Wednesday Jr. (youngest sister)
Pugsley Jr. (younger brother)
Fester (maternal great-uncle/maternal grand-uncle, but paternal uncle in the more modern incarnations)
Grandmama (grandmother)
Itt (cousin)
Debbie Jellinsky-Addams (aunt) (deceased)

Pugsley Addams is a member of the fictional Addams family, created by American cartoonist Charles Addams.

Cartoons

Pugsley is depicted as a devious, young, brilliant boy in Charles Addams's original cartoons. He is often shown releasing sailboats in the park with other children, except his boats were more macabre in nature.

TV shows

Pugsley is the oldest child of Morticia and Gomez Addams. He is a young boy (his age is given as eight years old in the pilot episode but is changed to 10 years old in the second episode) who is almost always seen wearing a striped T-shirt and shorts. Originally unnamed (as were all of the family members), the character who was apparently the prototype for Pugsley first appeared in the Charles Addams cartoons in The New Yorker during the 1930s. In this first incarnation, he was portrayed as a deviant child with a vicious nature, shown committing deplorable acts with his sister. In all incarnations, he is overweight. In the original series, Pugsley is 1.42 metres tall and weighs 112 pounds. In the television series, Pugsley usually eats over five pieces of cake at birthday parties.

An energetic monster of a boy…blond red hair, popped blue eyes and a dedicated troublemaker, in other words, the kid next door…genius in his own way, he makes toy guillotines, full size racks, threatens to poison his sister, can turn himself into a Mr. Hyde with an ordinary chemical set…his voice is hoarse…is sometimes allowed an occasional cigar.[2]

When the characters were given names for the television series, he was originally going to be called "Pubert" (a derivation of the word puberty, possibly a reflection of his age) but it was rejected as it sounded too sexual, and the name Pugsley was chosen instead. (The name Pubert was later used when Gomez and Morticia have a third child in the film Addams Family Values.) The Lurch Files' Addams Family Tree lists Pugsley's middle name as Pubert, probably as an homage to Charles Addams' original suggestion.

In the American television series, Pugsley is played by child actor Ken Weatherwax. This incarnation of the character is more jovial and inventive; he displays outlandish engineering skills, including the invention of a disintegrator gun, an anti-gravity gun, and other devices. He and Gomez created a computer named Whizzo and a robot named Smiley (played by Robby the Robot). Pugsley and his younger sister Wednesday often play together, rarely exhibiting signs of sibling rivalry; they share an interest in spiders, dynamite, guillotines, and other dangerous "toys."

In an early episode, "Morticia and the Psychiatrist", the rest of the family is concerned that Pugsley is engaging in behavior they consider "odd": wearing a Boy Scout uniform, playing with a puppy, etc. When sent to a psychiatrist, Pugsley tells of boyhood incidents involving hangings, machine guns, and grenades, with no clue that others might find these accounts unusual.

In most incarnations of the character, Pugsley had an unusual hobby of stealing road signs, which he used to adorn the walls and door of his bedroom. This may have evolved from an original Addams cartoon in which, rather than road signs, he would steal and decorate his room with cautionary signs, such as high voltage and shallow water signs, thus leading others into danger. He also has a pet octopus named Aristotle.

In the 1970s, there was an animated series about the family, in which Pugsley was voiced by an actress Jodie Foster. Foster voiced that same character in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. In the second animated series, Pugsley was voiced by Jeannie Elias.

In the 1977 TV movie, Ken Weatherwax played a grown-up Pugsley, who has become a witch-doctor. In the interval between the original TV series and this movie, his parents have had two more children, who look just like the original Pugsley and Wednesday. He is known as Pericles Addams in Spanish-speaking countries and in Brazil (Portuguese) as "Feioso" (Ugly).

In the 1998 series The New Addams Family, Pugsley is played by Vancouver native Brody Smith in a very similar portrayal to the 1960s incarnation, although he is stated to be younger than Wednesday.

Film versions

Wednesday (left) and Pugsley in The Addams Family film (1991)

In the film The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values, Pugsley is played by Jimmy Workman. He acts as an unwitting accomplice to his older sister, Wednesday, who makes attempts to inflict lethal harm upon him - although he has returned the favor on occasion.

In The Addams Family, Pugsley and Wednesday open a lemonade stand, but their drinks are toxic, and cause Lurch to spit flames when he tries it.

In Addams Family Values, Wednesday and Pugsley are sent to Camp Chippewa, a summer camp, where they are forced to participate in a Thanksgiving-themed play entitled A Turkey Called Brotherhood. Pugsley is cast as a dancing turkey, and leads the children in a chorus of "Eat Us"; He is later seen assisting Wednesday in overthrowing the camp counselors and setting fire to the grounds.

In the film Addams Family Reunion, Pugsley (now played by Jerry Messing) behaves (for the most part) similarly to his previous two film incarnations. At the Addams Family's family reunion he falls for a young girl named Gina (played by Haylie Duff). According to Pugsley, his name means "stomach pump" in Bulgarian.

In the Broadway musical The Addams Family, Pugsley is played by Adam Riegler as the younger sibling, around eleven years old, seven years younger than 18-year-old Wednesday (played by Krysta Rodriguez).

In the national tour (2011-2012), Pugsley was played by Patrick D. Kennedy (u.s. Jason Testa). Ethan Wexler replaced Jason Testa in March 2012.

Finn Wolfhard voices Pugsley in the 2019 animated movie. Javon "Wanna" Walton replaces Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley in the 2021 sequel, which was released on October 1, 2021.

Relationships

Family tree

Addams family tree
Grandmama[i][n 1]
Debbie Jellinsky[n 2]Uncle Fester[i]Cousin Itt[i]Margaret Alford[n 2]Tully Alford
Mal Beineke[n 3]Alice Beineke[n 3]Gomez AddamsMorticia Addams
(née Frump)[i][ii]
Rupert Styx[n 4]
Lucas Beineke[iii]Wednesday Addams[i][iv][v]Pugsley Addams[i]Pubert Addams[vi][n 2]
Wednesday Addams Jr.[n 5]Pugsley Addams Jr.[n 5]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Altogether Ooky: The Addams Family Tree". Family Tree Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Morticia Addams: A Witch Icon Worthy Of All The Praise". SyFy Wire. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Addams Family on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Here's how Wednesday Addams got her name". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Many Shades of Wednesday Addams". The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "11 things you never knew about Addams Family Values". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  1. ^ In the Broadway musical The Addams Family, Morticia refers to Grandmama as Gomez and Uncle Fester's mother,
    to which Gomez reacts with surprise and says that he had thought she was Morticia's mother. Morticia later says that
    Grandmama "may not even be part of this family", referencing Grandmama's ever-changing relation to the family.
  2. ^ a b c Established in the 1993 film Addams Family Values.
  3. ^ a b Established in the Broadway musical The Addams Family.
  4. ^ Established in the 1964 episode "Halloween with the Addams Family".
  5. ^ a b Established in the 1977 film Halloween with the New Addams Family.

References

  1. ^ Introduced in one of "The Addams Family" live-action movies.
  2. ^ Tee & Charles Addams Foundation
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