Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
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Call in the FBI. Alert the President. Advise all ships at sea and break out the Batphone because this is no ordinary adventure: this is Pee-wee's Big Adventure! Pee-wee's bicycle, the keenest bike in the world, is missing. It's his most prized possession...and 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.
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As an adult, and a daily bicyclist (commute and recreation), I love this film for Pee-Wee's perpetually youthful joie de vivre -- seeing every experience through the fresh perspective of the young-at-heart. Also, as an adult I'm able to appreciate the subtle innuendo (though very watered-down from his original stage shows) that I completely missed as a child.
But one thing has always rung true with this film: it is a love-letter to bicycle ownership. It resonates with anyone who has ever put the time and effort into making a bike their own. I can empathize with the joy on Pee-Wee's face when he's on his bike. Perhaps most important of all is the pain at the loss of his bike. It is Pee-Wee's reaction to losing his bike that makes this movie, and it is the hyperbole of that reaction that makes it a story that can be fittingly told only through the medium of film. Pee-Wee feels the same pain that we do at losing his loved bike, but he is able to go beyond our real-life constraints and do what we all wish we could: hunt our beloved bike down, come hell or high water, and stop at NOTHING until we are reunited!
Fun fact: during pre-production, Paul Rubens commented on how many people had their own studio bikes that they used to get around the expansive Warner Bros. lot. He was then presented with his very own Schwinn cruiser, which became the basis for Pee-Wee's bike -- and the entire story. Rubens recounts how he immediately went into his trailer, realizing he'd been writing the wrong story, and started over on the plot we now know and love. What's more, apparently that original bike given to Rubens was even used for some of the publicity photos for the film, perhaps explaining why the bike on the cover is so simply appointed when compared with the bike in the film.
Very amusing for all ages (if you can cater to the child within all of us)
I saw his circus movie which was good, but this was better.
Has anyone seen his Christmas movie????