Wednesday Repeats Ricci’s Greatest Addams Family Thanksgiving Moment

Wednesday’s title character repeats the iconic Thanksgiving speech given by Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams in Addams Family Values (1993). While the character has been around since the 1930s, Christina Ricci’s portrayal of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and its 1993 sequel looms large over the rest. While Jenna Ortega’s flawless depiction of a more humane Wednesday Addams adds another layer of emotional complexity to the character, Tim Burton’s Wednesday still pays homage to the deadpan wit, homicidal fixations, and socially-conscious monologues of Ricci’s version.

Why Pilgrims Were So Important In Wednesday Season 1

While Addams Family Values and Wednesday are not technically Thanksgiving-set projects, the criticisms around Thanksgiving play roles in very important scenes of both. Meanwhile, Wednesday season 1’s pilgrim fixation connected to the Tim Burton TV Show’s themes of prejudice, bigotry, and the dangers of ignoring cruel histories in the context of outcasts and “normies.”

Why Wednesday’s Pilgrim Speech Is The Perfect Callback To Addams Family 2

Wednesday season 1’s pilgrim speech is one of the Netflix show’s most specific callbacks to the 1990s Addams Family film series. Considering Christina Ricci boasts the most iconic portrayal of Wednesday Addams, it was inevitable that Wednesday would include nods to her version of the character – especially since Ricci plays the villain in the Tim Burton show. Unlike her anti-pilgrim 1993 Addams Family Values character, Christina Ricci’s role in Wednesday is a bigoted pilgrim-loving fanatic. Wednesday thus cleverly flips the character values of Ricci’s roles, with the change also better separating Ricci from her Wednesday Addams portrayal and allowing Jenna Ortega to properly take over the character.

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