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Addams Family Polar BearAddams Family Polar Bear - Located in the living room of the Addams family mansion on the sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66 was a menagerie of animals and museum-like objects. Their parlor contains a large tortoise, a swordfish with a human leg protruding from its mouth and remnants of two polar bears. The first polar Bear (a.k.a. "Smokey") stood stuffed in the corner while the other Polar Bear (a.k.a. "Bruno") laid on the floor in the form of a polar bear rug. When stepped upon the rug growled.

On episode No. 62 "The Addams Policy" (3-25-66) Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan) accidentally incinerated Smokey with a flame thrower. This forced Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones) to file a claim with her insurance company for compensation.

This same storyline was redone on episode 1.61 - "The Addam's Policy" on THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY/SYN/1998-99. This time Fester accidentally disintegrates the family's upright stuffed Grizzly Bear. They call Mr. Fielding, their insurance agent (seen also in episode No. 27) to see if he can get them a new bear.

TRIVIA NOTE: For the series pilot shot at MGM, the prop department used a large brown bear. But, during the second season, the Addams' brown bear was replaced by a taller stuffed Alaskan polar bear (bagged by a multimillionaire big game hunter) that was found in storage in Seattle.

Per an E-mail, Smokey the bear is now owned by "Bob" c/o afpolarbear@hotmail.com who provided the photo of the polar bear used above, and with the exception of a couple of replaced claws, Smokey is still in excellent condition.


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