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Pee-wee's Big Adventure
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4 years ago By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Tim Burton

Actors:
Paul Reubens
Elizabeth Daily
Marton Holton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
PEE-WEE’S bicycle, the keenest bike in the world, is missing. His most prized possession... he's just got to get it back! Searching high, low and in between, PEE-WEE hits the open road and encounters riotous adventures with bikers, bums, cowboys, cons, a phantom trucker and a waitress with wanderlust and even Warner Bros. Studios.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie originally came out one year before I was born (in 1985) and I grew up watching it time and time again. It’s probably been more than 10 since the last time that I saw it and that last time was on VHS… so yeah. It’s been a while. I was a little nervous before sitting down to watch it because I really wanted it to hold up to what I remembered as a kid. And I’m happy to say that for me, it delivered.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Additional scenes: The scenes from the original film and they’re not restored very well. The sound is really, really quiet and it’s hard to make out what’s going on in them. They’re hit and a miss for the most part anyways and only a couple of them seem worthwhile to potentially watch again.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For any other movie or character, this plot would’ve only be enough to get through maybe five minutes of a movie, but Burton makes this film into one fun and crazy adventure as PEE-WEE sets out to try and find his bike. PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE is childish, but in a good way as it sort of helps me remember what it was like to be a kid and makes me remember to not be ashamed to be a bit immature every now and again.

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