in about 100 words or less
US 90m, Colour
Director: Tim Burton: Cast: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Judd Omen
As an unlikely stepping stone to Batman (1989), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was Tim Burton’s first feature-length film which helped establish his sense of style and eccentric talent for art direction. Starring Paul Ruebens, who reprises his television character Pee-Wee Herman for the big screen, Big Adventure is the story of a young man’s country-wide search for his stolen bicycle. Although the film is composed of little more than a series of gags which are loosely tied together by the simple plot, it serves as a wonderful vehicle for Burton and Reubens’ eccentric talents which are set to Danny Elfman’s delightfully playful score. Pee-Wee’s life-saving bar-top dance to “Tequila”, may not only win the respect of bikers, but remains one of the funniest moments in film (Klaus Ming December 2010).