As soon as the movie starts, you know that it’s a Tim Burton movie by the trademark Danny Elfman soundtrack playing along (and therefore you know the music is good). This was the first big feature film that Elfman ever composed a soundtrack for, so this movie is really a milestone for him (Burton brought Elfman on for the movie after he saw Oingo Boingo live… the band that Elfman was the lead singer and songwriter for). This film is just so filled with colour and so much quirkiness and you can see why Tim Burton took on PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE. Just PEE-WEE’S house alone, completely filled with gadgets, inventions and a fireman’s pole just paints the perfect picture for the kind of person that PEE-WEE is.
I kind of got to thinking about how they came up with the idea for the film, but then I just remember who wrote it. PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE was written by the combined creative minds of Paul Reubens, Michael Varhol and the late Phil Hartman. This movie could’ve been so bad with the wrong plot, but somehow they came up with the perfect story for a feature length PEE-WEE film, which would lead into the TV series Pee-wee’s Playhouse. It’s everything that a fan could want from a movie including great direction, a wonderful soundtrack, a great cast and a great story. The jokes are childish, but if you’re at all familiar with PEE-WEE, it’s really just part of the charm of the character, since of course PEE-WEE is probably the most famous man-child.
Production sketches and storyboards: Always a neat feature for those interesting in the behind-the-scenes stuff and the more hands-on artsy side of the film industry. I mean, it’s all art-related, but I mean more to the point of actually physically sketching stuff out.
Music-only track with commentary by Danny Elfman: The film with just Elfman’s music along with him talking about the movie, the soundtrack and other Elfman-like things.
Commentary by Paul Reubens and Tim Burton: While as per usual, I’m not a huge fan of commentaries (I just like to watch the movie as is), this one has its moments seeing as both Tim Burton and Paul Reubens discuss all things PEE-WEE.
Theatrical trailer: As trailer features tend to be… this is pretty self-explanatory.