Several weeks ago we posted news
about the WBshop.com online store's exclusive release of The Pirates of Darkwater
on DVD. Near the bottom of that story we reported that Warner Bros. was also working on several other upcoming animated TV-DVD releases through their manufacture-on-demand (MOD) program. One of them we mentioned was one of the animated versions of The Addams Family
Today the folks at Warner informed us that their 4-DVD release of The Addams Family - The Complete Series
is currently positioned to be available starting October 19th
, just in time for Halloween. That date is not set in stone, however, and could be subject to change. Still, the project is far enough along to have package art ready for it, which you can see below. In our previous mention of this title as being in-the-works, we were unsure if it was going to be the 1992 version where John Astin (from the live-action series) returned to voice "Gomez," or if it instead was the 1973 animated series with Lennie Weinrib as "Gomez," Janet Waldo as "Morticia" and "Grandmama," original live-action stars Ted Cassidy as "Lurch" and Jackie Coogan as "Fester," and a young Jodie Foster voicing "Pugsley." Since the box art shows Lurch as light-skinned, this must be the 1973 version of the show (because in the later animated version, Lurch was colored blue).
The previous year, in 1972, an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies
called "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" aired, bringing the spooky family to animated television for the first time in a story subtitled "Wednesday is Missing." For various reasons, this episode of that show hasn't previously been released on DVD. We anticipated that fans will want to know if that episode will be included as an extra on the WBshop's exclusive MOD release of The Addams Family - The Complete Series
, so we've already asked a contact at Warner about this. Our contact's reply was that it is extremely unlikely, because the MOD titles at the WBshop are bare-bones releases, with no bonus material or extras. That's unfortunate. If we find out anything different in this case (maybe if there are no rights issues still keeping that episode off of DVDs, perhaps the studio is willing to make an exception this once?), then we'll certainly let you know.
Also, don't forget that today sees the (several-times-delayed) availability of WBshop's exclusive MOD release for Falcon Crest - The Complete 2nd Season
on DVD...so if you're a fan of that show, be sure to get it!