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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Paul Reubens
Elizabeth Daily
Mark Holton
Diane Salinger.
Directors
Tim Burton.
Screenwriters
Phil Hartman
Paul Reubens
Michael Varhol.
Running Time
90 minutes

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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Female truckers, escaped convicts, fortune tellers: The Bicycle Thief gets a zany servicing.


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Plot
Pee-Wee Herman is a little boy inhabiting the body of an adult in a cartoonish world. When his bike is stolen, Pee-Wee sets out on an odyssey to the Alamo, Texas (where his bike is apparently stashed), meeting all manner of weirdos along the way.


Review
A one-off comic masterpiece from Tim Burton, featuring the infantile kids’ TV character Pee Wee Herman’s search for his stolen bicycle. Given an incredible lease of life by Burton’s visual imagination (he was a Disney animator before directing this, his first feature) Pee-Wee is a bizarre collection of episodes that never stop jumping around thanks to Danny Elfman’s witty score and the sharpest writing, courtesy of Phil Hartman (The Simpsons) and Paul Reubens himself.

Together, Burton and Herman make use of every type of screen comedy – verbal, visual, slapstick, sexual, even cartoon-in a film which holds as many delights for adults as for their offspring.


Verdict
Burton's first feature revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. A dazzling debut.


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