What is Uncle Fester?
The fictional character of Uncle Fester is an iconic figure in American film and television history. First portrayed by Jackie Coogan, Fester later appeared in two feature films. He was played by Christopher Lloyd in the original series and both feature films, but in the 2019 film, the character is played by Nick Kroll. Despite his deranged smile, he remains one of the most memorable characters in American cinema. So what’s his story?
Fester Addams is Gomez’s biological brother
The name “Fester” is a play on Morticia’s maternal uncle, and is also Gomez’s biological brother. The name is derived from the mother’s name, “Hester.” He is also Morticia’s uncle and greatuncle. Fester and Gomez were also siblings. Their parents were Morticia and Gomez Addams.
Originally a bald, barrel-shaped character with sunken eyes, Fester is Gomez’s biological brother. He suffers from amnesia, but is eventually cured when he is hit by lightning. He has also acquired the ability to conduct electricity after undergoing a strange electrical shock. In home movies, Gomez shows him as being bald and hairless. Fester also appears in the sequel to Addams Family Values.
The musical adaptation of the Charles Addams cartoons began in 2007 with the writing team of Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman. Andrew Lippa wrote the songs for the musical, which starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as the Addams family. Other actors in the cast included Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday, and Adam Riegler as Pugsley.
In the movie, Wednesday is the daughter of Gomez and Morticia. She is respectful of her parents and resembles her mother when she was young. Wednesday enjoys spending time with her brother, and loves hearing him scream. But she tries to appear emotionless, and is allergic to ringworm. This makes her the perfect partner for Fester. But he doesn’t know it.
Although Fester is Gomez’s biological brother, he is older than Gomez. Gomez’s mom had given him a finger trap as a gift. He was stuck in it for two years, and had no idea how to get out of it. Tully tries to keep him away from Gomez, but he is forced to leave. However, Gomez and Fester are left to face the consequences of their actions.
Fester is Gomez’ unmarried younger brother. He is a lover of explosives, and runs on electrical current. Fester likes to power up in his electric chair. He is a keen scientist, but he does not have the self-control to be strict with his diet. Fester is always after imperfect women. This is how he shows respect to Gomez and Morticia.
He is Morticia Addams’ uncle
In the TV and film series, Uncle Fester is Morticia Addam’s maternal relative, but in the comic strips, he’s Gomez Addams’ brother. In the original comic strips, Fester is also called “Tio Lucas” and “Tio Chico.”
The character was originally portrayed by Jackie Coogan and Christopher Lloyd. The role was taken over by Nick Kroll in the 2019 and 2021 animated films. Fester is also featured in the direct-to-video film, Addams Family Reunion. A Broadway musical based on the comic strip was also created, starring Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester. In both the live-action and animated versions, he’s a supporting character.
As the son of Mal and Alice Beineke, Fester is a vaudevillian comic. Like his parents, Fester is a hopeful romantic, but struggles with his family differences. He writes poetry and appreciates the macabre, but has a dark side. His aggressive outbursts make him feel sympathy. In the animated series, Fester and Gomez frequently meddle in the lives of the other Addams family members.
The characters in the show have a rich and colorful heritage. Fester was once a newspaper columnist, writing advice to the lovelorn. Unfortunately, he left this job when people began suing him for his writings. He was also a poet and a singer, which may be why he’s a favorite in the family. Uncle Fester is Morticia Addams’ uncle and has influenced many characters in the series.
A lovable and eccentric vaudeville comic, Uncle Fester has been portrayed by a variety of actors over the years. He was originally played by Kevin Chamberlin, but later he was played by Brad Oscar, Blake Hammond, and Russell Dykstra. In the original series, Fester is a constant running gag. In an episode where the Addams were being visited by aliens, Fester almost was abducted by them but they left him on earth after cloning him.
The Addams are extremely wealthy. Several episodes feature references to the stock market and investments. Gomez even keeps a desk drawer filled with $100 bills. One episode features him buying a company in a single day, a move that keeps his neighbors from moving in. Morticia has many hobbies, but they’re mostly a waste of time. Uncle Fester even tries to invoke the Faint in Shock trope, a very effective strategy to keep the Addamses from moving in.
He is a business partner of Margaux Addams
When the show is over, Margaux is left wondering who will buy her houses and who will buy her family. Uncle Fester has an idea for getting rid of the Addams family and selling the homes to other members of the community. Margaux calls a rally to save the Addams mansion. When the rally ends in failure, she and Fester become business partners. They sell the homes to other members of the Addams family and make money.
The family considers themselves normal, but there are some unsavory characters among the Addams. Uncle Fester, the ruthless bio-tech tycoon, still has his own business, and his sister Wednesday is an intellectual snob who accepts her father’s claim with no question. Pugsley is still bullied by his sister, Lurch is a family retainer, and Grandma is feckless.
In the 1960s, Uncle Fester is Morticia Addams’ maternal uncle. His behavior is so deranged that he feeds his garden plants with blood plasma, and he even eats homing pigeons. In some versions of the series, he is voiced by Nick Kroll. His pronounced voice is similar to Gilbert Gottfried’s.
According to the movie’s synopsis, “Uncle Fester is the long-lost brother of Gomez Addams.” He was believed to have been lost in the Bermuda Triangle for 25 years. The film also features Abigail Craven, a businesswoman with a son who resembles Fester. When Fester is resurrected, he begins to like the Addams family.
He has a deranged smile
This cartoon character has a deranged smile, dark sunken eyes, and a barrel-shaped head. He is a good-natured relative of Morticia and Gomez. The character’s hunchback and trademark fur coat are characteristic. In addition, the character is able to generate electricity and light up a light bulb in his mouth. In the film, Uncle Fester is also portrayed as suffering from migraines.
The character has also appeared in the movies and television series. In the Addams Family Reunion, Fester is portrayed as a mad scientist who creates a butcher dog for Pugsley, which mutates into a hair-devouring brute when someone says “good boy”. He also attacks Cousin Itt in the film. In the computer-animated version of The Addams Family, Fester is voiced by Nick Kroll. His voice has been compared to Gilbert Gottfried’s.
The third episode of the Addams Family cartoon features many laughs and quite a bit of imagination. It also makes good use of the supporting characters. Lurch, Gomez, and Morticia are all excellent. The voices of Uncle Fester and Pugsley are eerily realistic. The actors are also very good, especially Jackie Coogan and Chloe Moretz.