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Left In The Lurch

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Let’s give the SUPER FRIENDS a break and see what what was on the other channel!

Ah, the well-loved creepy, kooky family who jumped from Charles Addams’ magazine comic to live-action TV in the ’60s is back with an animated version the next decade. Ted Cassidy and Jackie Coogan return as Lurch and Fester. The rest are new voices, including preteen Jodie Foster as Pugsley and Lennie Weinrib as Gomez. Weinrib was one of the most prolific cartoon voice actors ever, but his version of Gomez misses the mark, I think.

I noticed that, on the other channel (we pretty much only had the three, back then, kids!), we find SCOOBY MOVIES, where the SUPER FRIENDS version of BATMAN and ROBIN, as well as the animated ADDAMS FAMILY, had been introduced. (They had the live-action series actors do Gomez and Morticia on the Scooby show, though.)

The 1973 Hanna-Barbera Addams series ran a full season of 16 episodes. The family would reboot and be back to TV animation in ’92… In a very rare case where I liked the newer version better than the first. More from the OldHorseman.

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