Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

After years of working in animation, director Tim Burton took a healthy plunge into the world of live-action film and created a beloved cult classic in the 1985 release, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The film starred the inimitable Paul Reubens as everyone’s favorite man-child, Pee-Wee Herman, in an adventure unlike any ever witnessed before.

Life is good for Pee-Wee. He lives is a quirky, gadget-filled home, complete with a Rube Goldberg machine which prepares his Mr. T. cereal and orange juice each morning. There is plenty of toys and scotch tape on hand, as well as his pride and joy – a Red Racer bicycle, safely stored away and guarded by a state-of-the-art security system.

Unfortunately, his bike is less safe when traveling around town. One morning, while doing a little shopping at the local magic store, he leaves the store only to find that his beloved transportation has been stolen. Pee-Wee first suspects that Francis, a local rich kid and nemesis is the culprit, until a fradulent psychic sets Pee-Wee straight and informs the ever-gullible man-child that he bike is being kept in the basement of the Alamo. This can only mean one thing – a road trip to the Lone Star State.

Along the way, Pee-Wee encounters more than a few interesting characters including an escaped convict, an unforgettable truck driver named Large Marge, a singing hobo on a boxcar and a cute waitress named Simone (and her hulking boyfriend) Finally, the bow-tied Pee-Wee makes it to the Alamo, takes a tour (led by Jan Hooks of SNL fame) and learns much to his dismay that the Alamo has no basement. Soon after, he encounters an unruly biker gang. Luckily, Pee-Wee possesses plenty of playful charm, which allows him to escape these perils unharmed. A rousing rendition of “Tequila,” for example, gets him in good standing with the bikers, who are happy to lend one of their steel horses so he may continue his quest – which he promptly crashes.

While healing in a local hospital, Pee-Wee spots his beloved Red Racer on television, in the possession of a bratty child star. It’s time for Pee-Wee to head to Tinsel Town, where a memorable visit to Warner Brothers studios leads to an encounter with, among others, Twisted Sister and Santa Claus. Chased by security, Pee-Wee successfully evades capture until he comes across a pet store engulfed in flames. He saves the little critters but is soon apprehended and arrested. But instead of being sent to the big house, he is sent to the big screen instead.

A quirky and often hilarious movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was the brainchild of Paul Reubens who wrote the film alongside Michael Varhol and the late Phil Hartman. Oingo Boingo frontman, Danny Elfman, provided the equally quirky and enjoyable score. A respectable take at the box office, to the tune of $40 million, led to an inevitable sequel in 1988, Big Top Pee-Wee and a Saturday morning series, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, which quickly developed a cult following of its own.

If you were a fan of this memorable 80s film, we hope you will share all of your Pee-wee’s Big Adventure recollections in our comments section below.

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  1. Angel says:

    Love Pee-Wee Herman

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