Big Top Pee-Wee
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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 9-AUG-2005
Media Type: DVD
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It's never really spelled out what exactly Pee-Wee Herman is. Is he an immature man-child or literally a child being played by an adult actor? At the end of The Pee-Wee Hermon Show on HBO he was granted the ability to fly and declared himself `the luckiest boy on Earth'. I think of Pee-Wee Herman as more of an absurdist character but in an artistic way. He isn't played overtly for laughs like Mr. Bean but more of as a surreal asexual Peter Pan like character. Pee-Wee is an adult but we can't imagine him shaving and when Dottie tries to ask Pee-Wee on a date in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Pee-Wee shows no interest because he has the emotional (and sexual) maturity of a child. The last thing most people wanted to see was this character in a love triangle with two beautiful women. And who thought it was a good idea to give Pee-Wee a hair fetish? Paul Reubens co-wrote the story for Big Top Pee-Wee and yet it was as if he didn't even understand the character or perhaps he didn't recognize why Pee-Wee appealed to audiences.
Pee-Wee is a brilliant character but he doesn't exist in a bubble. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Pee-Wee's Playhouse work because Pee-Wee exists in his own unique artistic universe. Pee-Wee's Playhouse and his house in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure aren't just slapped together sets but are meticulously created and visually appealing. Big Adventure was a wonderful merging of the artistry of Paul Reubens and Tim Burton.Read more ›
My favorite is still the opening dream-sequence in which Pee-Wee is incognito, dressed as Abraham Lincoln to avoid his inexplicably large group of post-adolescent female fans who are waiting for him outside of the venue in which he performed his trapeze act. One fan, unaffected by the fact that a man who had been dead for almost a hundred years at that point, breathlessly asks for "Lincoln's" autograph, professing "I'm such a big fan!" Pee-Wee's phony Lincoln beard is then ripped off and the girls shriek with delight and chase after him.
This opening sequence, though not the only highlight of this campy delight, truly captures the essence of Pee-Wee humor. It is above all bizarre. But the uniqueness of Pee-Wee's world is its ability to transcend time, dimension, and most of all, logic. This was true in Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Big Adventure, but I think Big Top captures this most.
The common dream sequence as an opening scene to each movie sets the tone for each movie. When comparing the two, the dream sequence that opens Big Adventure pales in comparison. Big Top maintains the surrealistic tone of the Lincoln scene throughout the film. The circus owner's wife, Midge Montana is just a few inches tall. Innuendoes between her and her husband set the imagination free.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's Big Top. It's Pee Wee. What more need be said?Published 2 months ago by Share the Health Cambodia
My 5 year old little girl, Charlotte, and myself BOTH got a big kick out of this great classic.Published 2 months ago by Ron Chavis
Paul Reubens (the creator, writer, performer of Pee Wee) is a comedic genius. The best of the best. I guess "Big Top" proves that even geniuses have an off day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles VonCrabb
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