Paul Reubens was the star of this film as he was already well known as Pee-Wee Herman from his hit TV show ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’. However, in 1985 this became his feature film and it was fantastic! I mean, you have to understand his appeal to all of us back then because plenty of us could relate to this goofy character with a good heart who just goes through life on his amazing bicycle. He’s the perfect 80s nerd with a style that was all his own! Now, let’s take a look at some things that you probably don’t know about this film that is now a classic.
1. Paul Reubens was a big fan of Frankenweenie ever since he first saw it in 1984.
It’s a live-action animation.
2. The animator of this movie was recently fired from Disney.
Pee-Wee hired him to direct this feature film. Disney fired Tim Burton!
3. He noticed that most people rode bikes around the studio.
He asked for his own.
He fell in love with the 1940s Schinn that he got.
So much so that he abandoned his first script idea and started writing a new one about his bike.
4. Dotty (played by E.G. Daily) was the voice for Tommy Pickles in ‘Rugrats’.
5. Large Marge kept her eyes open the whole time she was telling her spooky story in the truck.
6. Tim Burton asked the leader of Oingo Boingo to score the movie.
He reluctantly agreed.
His name was Danny Elfman and he loved scoring the movie so much that we did many other scores thereafter including the theme song for ‘The Simpsons’.
7. The drive in that Pee-Wee goes to. . .
Was the same as in Greese.
8. Tim Burton’s cameo:
9. This guy, Mark Holton, who played Francis. . .
Played B.M. Fahrtz on ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show.
10. In this scene, Paul Reubens had the flu.
Which explains why Pee-Wee looks seriously will about his bike being missing.
11. The bike shop that made this particular bike was offered $10,000 or screen credit (with no cash). Pedal Pusher Bike Shop took the cash.
12. The star on this Texas is actual Bracketville.
That’s where most Western movies take place at the Alamo facade.
13. This big head is the magician and occultist Aleister Crowley.
14. The success of ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ lead to being a script that led to him working on the movie ‘Beetlejuice’.
The rest is history!