Wednesday, August 11, 2010

24 Frames: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985, Tim Burton)

Two days late here, but Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, opened on August 9th, twenty five years ago. As I stated in a prior post earlier this month, since seeing this for the first time theatrically in 1985, this movie has held a comforting presence for me. It's attention to detail, joie de vivre and willingness to traverse several genres within itself makes it a worthy repeat watching candidate.

Things seem to be turning up Pee-Wee these days, he successfully toured Los Angeles with a stage show in January 2010 (I was there for one show, and attended a Q & A afterwards) which will soon be going to Broadway, he programmed a day's worth of screenings at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, and he seems to have finally got his long discussed follow-up film greenlit (so long that he's mentioning it in the Big Adventure commentary which was recorded in 2000) with Judd Appatow producing.

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was the feature length directorial debut of Tim Burton (and my favorite film of his besides Ed Wood), and Victor J. Kemper was the director of photography.


Mummbles said...

You had to include the frame that would haunt me throughout my childhood, the infamous large marge scene. I was watching an intro to the movie online in which Ruebens as Pee Wee warns the children in the audience about that scene. I will never forget it, thats for sure. And this movie was pretty scary to a kid but gets better when you understand it more. I need to get this on dvd one day.

le0pard13 said...

Yes, that Large Marge sequence is a dozy. This remains a film that both my kids and I adore. I'm still waiting the Blu-ray Disc release for this one. Great pick, Colonel. Thanks.

Related Posts with Thumbnails