Friday, October 28, 2011

Cousin Itt (Aka Sweetpea)

Ivy checks out Sweetpea's costume!
Mom grew up loving the TV show The Addams' Family so when she found the wig at the thrift shop, Cousin Itt came to mind!  For those not familiar with the show, Cousin Itt is the diminutive, hairy gibberish speaking cousin of Gomez who often comes to visit the Adams family.  Sweetpea was asleep on the chair and Mom dropped the wig and sunglasses on her before she woke up.  This is the usual way to get us to wear any form of costume!  She got a couple of shots in before Sweetpea made her escape!

Sweetpea backing out from under the wig!

The TV show which ran during the 60's for a few short years was very poplar and based on the New Yorker cartoon by Charles Addams.  His work was called many things - bizarre, demonic, humorous and enchanting.  People loved his take on life and death with a very black humor.

New Yorker cartoon by Charles Addams

Addams passed away in 1988 but in a style uniquely his:
Charles Addams died on September 28, 1988 outside his home.  As a lover of cars, Charles went out and sat in his car.  After a long cruise, Charles put his head down on the steering wheel, and passed on to the other side as his heart gave out.  

He wanted to be remembered as a fun loving artist and had requested a party instead of a wake.  At the New York Public Library, a party was thrown complete with a banquet and jazz bands.  In a Boston newspaper, a cartoon was depicted in which the cartoon Addams family looked sadly down at a grave, while Charles crawled out from the other side.

The real Cousin Itt.

Happy Halloween!   We leave you now with a clip from the Addams Family with Cousin Itt.  If you can't see the clip below go here.


Julia Williams said...

I also liked the Addams Family and esp. Cousin It. Thanks for an informative, fun post!

Brian's Home Blog said...

My Dad remembers Cousin It as well and he says he would love to have that much hair today! Happy weekend everyone!

Marg said...

Oh I remember that show. It was hysterical. That was a great clip.
Well that is one way to dress up the cat. Too funny.
Are you going trick or treating Sun. or Mon??
Have yourselves a super time.

Mariodacat said...

M remembers dat show too. She always watched it.

Old Kitty said...

Love the Addams Family!! Especially the intro song - I always pretend I can click my fingers in tune! LOL!! Awwww thanks for the clip! Yay!!

Wow - I didn't now that's how Charles Addams died - but I love the Boston paper cartoon! LOL!

SweetPea - you make a gorgeous cousin It! Take care


Mom says she watched that show growing up. IT was very good and still is in a campy kinda way.


Anonymous said...

Oh I love Sweetpeas outfit. The best costume yet.
Loved the Addams Family clip. That was funny.
That was my favorite show when I was a kid. Love it Love it.

Have a Happy Halloween!
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper & Marley

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I was a huge fan of the Addams Family, thank you for the info about the creator, I didn't know all of that!

Carolyn Jones was a superb Morticia (couldn't be anyone else like her) and John Astin as Gomez....they were perfectly cast!

Fr. Tom Fish said...

I loved Cousin Itt, too. I'm so glad you wrote your post about the Addams family! It brought back some great memories.

Now, about SweetPea. I do the same thing to Julie. She's got to drop it on me, too and that's the closest I'll get. There won't be any costumes on me! Brian's comment, by the way, tickled me!

Have a great Halloween!

Tom & Julie

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

I used to watch the Addams Family all the time with my son who was just a little boy then. We liked Herman Munster too.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Anudder excellent post! We luf Cousin It! Spooky purrs and headbutts.

Halloween Spooktacular! said...

Sorry guys- each furry can only post ONE entry and you already entered sweatpea in the contest!!! we have removed your latest post with sweatpea.

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Mom forgot we had entered Sweetpea as a Zombie from last year we will do Cousin Itt in the Halloween contest. Sheeez Mom!

carol l mckenna said...

Very festive photos! ~ Love your cat pics ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked to CC ^_^

Anonymous said...

LOL! Oh, I do love the Addams Family.

Carletta said...

Thanks Sweetpea for a fun post!
I watched that show growing up and Cousin Itt was one of my favorite characters. I always wished my hair was long enough to pull it over my eyes and wear the glasses. :)
Thanks for childhood memories.

eileeninmd said...

Happy Halloween! I remember the Addams Family show and Cousin It. Fun pot and photos.

Powell River Books said...

I loved that show. Happy Halloween. - Margy

Catherine said...

Loved the Addams Family! Cousin It ~ a classic!

Thank you for the ecard my friend ~ you always send the sweetest cards!

I still have my Easter one saved and play it once in awhile. The music makes me happy! :)

Happy weekend!

xo Catherine

Betty Manousos said...

happy halloween!

what a delightful post along with beautiful photos!
i remember the addams family...liked it very much!


p.s. i love your blog!

magiceye said...

happy weekend to you guys!!

Woof woof
from Bozo
Pets forever

meowmeowmans said...

Sweetpea, that is a great costume! You could definitely be Cousin It's cousin (or long lost twin). :)

Love the Addams Family post ... such memories!

Teri and her Stylish Adventure Cats said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane...quite the resemblance!



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