Family Friendly

Pee Wee's Big Adventure
USA, 1985, 91 min., Color

Almost as much fairy tale as adventure, PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE is a simple, but brilliantly written story about a boy and his bike that enchants kids and adults alike.

Paul Reubens' Pee Wee Herman is a man-child who surrounds himself with stuffed animals, magic tricks and his prized bicycle. When the neighborhood’s spoiled brat steals the bike, Pee Wee hitches his way across America to find it—using a giant, fake thumb, of course.

The film contains many famous debuts amongst the cast and crew: Tim Burton’s feature directorial debut, Danny Elfman's first score, and the theatrical unveiling of the modern-day hipster in Pee Wee Herman. Hipster? Let’s see. Classic, tricked-out 1940s Schwinn? Skinny Pants? Passion for old-timey novelty items? That all adds up to hipster.

Now 30-years after its release, PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE holds up as a masterpiece of comedy. Reubens' grab bag of goofy facial expressions, Burton’s intricate fantasyland set, and a cast of larger-than-life characters will hold the attention of kids at DIFF’s Family Day. But the sardonic asides set up by Reubens and co-writers Phil Hartman, and Michael Varhol give the film lasting appeal. The jokes fly way over the heads of the kiddos and land squarely on adult funny bones.

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— Marc Lee
Executive Producer
William E. McEuen
Tim Burton
Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Michael Varhol
Richard Gilbert, Robert Shapiro
Victor J. Kemper
Billy Weber
Danny Elfman
Production Design
David L. Snyder
Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Director Bio

Award-winning American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator, Tim Burton, is known for his dark, gothic and quirky horror and fantasy films, as well as his unique animation style. Burton made his feature directorial debut with PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE in 1985. Since then, he has directed several box-office hits including BATMAN (1989) and its first sequel BATMAN RETURNS (1992), PLANET OF THE APES (2001), the remake of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He is also known for such horror comedy classics as BEETLEJUICE (1988) and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990), as well as the animated horror fantasies THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) and FRANKENWEENIE (2012).

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