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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
- Paul Reubens

Overview - The imaginative, hilarious comedy, PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, stars happy-go-lucky Pee-Wee Herman (aka comedian Paul Reubens.) Pee-Wee Herman is not an average little boy--he exists in a grown-up body, has a penchant for 1950s Retro memorabilia, and lives in a zany, make-believe world.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The imaginative, hilarious comedy, PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, stars happy-go-lucky Pee-Wee Herman (aka comedian Paul Reubens.) Pee-Wee Herman is not an average little boy--he exists in a grown-up body, has a penchant for 1950s Retro memorabilia, and lives in a zany, make-believe world. He is on a mission to find his beloved red bicycle, which has been stolen, and on the way Pee-Wee has a series of cartoon-like adventures. When a fortune teller instructs Pee-Wee to look for his bike in the basement of the Alamo, he takes her advice. Embarking on a kind of Hero's Journey, Pee-Wee comes into contact with characters even crazier than he is. One of the more memorable scenes comes after he starts up a touching friendship with a romantic waitress (Diane Salinger) and is chased by her boyfriend (Jon Harris) around a park of giant dinosaur models until he finds himself in an unfriendly biker bar where, in order to avoid being killed, he performs an impromptu dance to the old surfer tune "Tequila." With imaginative sets and dream sequences that use claymation and pixilated models, PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE is a side-splitting comedy that references almost every Hollywood genre, especially the perennial favorite Road Movie.

Cast List

Danny Elfman - Score composer
Phil Hartman - Actor, comedian, SNL
Philip Edward Hartman - Actor, comedian, SNL
Mark Holton - American Actor
Pee-Wee Herman - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Reubens - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Rubenfeld - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Mall - Actor/Children's Show Host
Morgan Fairchild - American television actress
James Brolin - American Actor/Director/Producer
James Bruderlin - American Actor/Director/Producer
Jim Brolin - American Actor/Director/Producer
Diane Salinger - American Actress
Diane Louis Salinger - American Actress
Billy Weber - American Editor
Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Victor Kemper - Director of Photography, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard - Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Tim Burton - American director
Timothy Burton - American director
Elizabeth Daily - Actress
Judd Omen - American Actor

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 90
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929004157
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2011

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Campy
On-The-Road
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
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Notes:
The character of Pee-Wee Herman is the invention of comedic writer-actor Paul Reubens, who began performing as the character in a West Coast improv group, developing THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW for cable television (for adults), and, later, the children's Saturday morning show which was as big a hit with adults as it was with kids. Paul Reubens chose director Tim Burton to direct PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE after seeing his short film FRANKENWEENIE. Co-screenwriter Phil Hartman made his mark in comedy as one of the longest-running cast members of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Cowboy Curly, one of the Pee-Wee shows' characters, was played by Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Fishburn. PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE was followed by a sequel, BIG TOP PEE-WEE (1988).

Reviews:
"...Looney and beguiling..." - 07/31/1985 Variety


"...Burton's directorial debut is genuinely winsome..." - 05/23/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.32


"...Outstanding..." - 08/01/2000 Total Film, p.108


"Equally brilliant and, yes, life-affirming." - 04/27/2004 USA Today, p.3D

 
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