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Jan Hooks of SNL played the annoying Alamo tour guide.
The Pee-Wee Herman show (1981) ran for 5 sellout months at the Los Angeles's Roxy nightclub, HBO taped the performance and aired it as a special.
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure cost $7 million to make and grossed $45 million at the box office.
Pee-Wee's PlayHouse ran from 1986-1989 on CBS and it had a budget of $325,000 per episode--- the same as a prime time sitcom.
When Pee Wee goes to WB Studios, as the camera pans down on the security gate. Look for the Munster's Coach entering the studio and the Batmobile making a left turn just beyond the security gate.
Phil Hartman co-wrote the script, he is best known for his roles on Saturday Night Live.
The woman in the biker gang was played by Cassandra Petersen", she also played Elvira
Look for Phil Hartman playing a news reporter in a crowd scene at the end of the movie.
Phil Hartman also played Captain Carl in the Pee-Wee Herman stage show.
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Watch for Morgan Fairchild barely able to keep from laughing when James Brolin looks in her eyes and says, "I know you are, but what am I?"
Lawrence Fishburne starred as the original "Cowboy Curtis" on Pee-Wee's playhouse during its' tenure.
also voiced "Max", the computer alien in another popular 80's flick, Flight of the Navigator. There is even one part in that movie where "Max" does the Pee-Wee Herman laugh.
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sings the title song at the school dance in "Better Off Dead."
Elizabeth Daily (aka E.G. Daily) who plays Dottie, is also the voice of Tommy Pickles on the cartoon show Rugrats. She also voices a few other characters on television.
The opening scene bike race was filmed on Mulholland Highway near the intersection of Malibu Canyon Road in Calabasas. The race ends on the entrance drive of what was once the estate of King Gillette, the razor-blade magnate, and later became a Catholic seminary which I attended in the mid-1960's.
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I believe that the dinousaur Pee Wee runs around in, is also used in the classic videogame tale "The Wizard" .
The guy at the diner that tells the story about Large Marge makes another small appearance in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. He is the guy that is mopping the floor in the dark hallway and he tells Barbara and Adam that "that's the lost souls room..."
During the scene where Pee-Wee briefs his friend on his missing bike, the map behind him is of San Francisco, California.
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When Pee Wee enters the magic shop, there is a stormtrooper helmet on the upper left corner of the store. This can only be seen in widescreen
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Paul Reubens is a former United States Marine. He was dishonorably discharged after serving 4 years in the Corps.
Paul Reubens recently made an appearance on The Jay Leno Show in character as Pee-Wee Herman for the first time since his arrest in 1992
This movie was the feature directing debut of Tim Burton
, who was chosen because Paul Reubens liked Burton's short film Frankenweenie.
Prior to Pee-Wee, Burton was a Disney animator who directed two short films while working there: Vincent and Frankenweenie, he also wrote a poem that he intended to make into a short film before being fired from Disney.
That poem later became The Nightmare Before Christmas... Burton would go on to direct classics such as Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks, Sleepy Holly, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd and has become noted for his dark, yet charming style that he manages to work into all of his films.
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Jan Hooks left SNL and went on to join the cast of "Designing Women". She replaced Jean Smart who left the show.
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Scriptwriter Michael Varhol can be seen as a photographer.
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Director Tim Burton appears unbilled as a thug in the alley.
Some of the similarities between this movie and the Blues Brother movie released 5 years earlier, with Reubens playing a waiter:
- They both have a scene with someone dancing on the bar/counter.
- They both have single-minded missions (PeeWee to find his bike, Jake and Elwood on a "mission from God" to save the orphanage.)
- Jake and Elwood are orphans, while PeeWee is a manchild in the world with never a mention of parents. He is "a loner."
- Both movies end with a chase scene.
- Both make odd food choices, Jake asks for five chickens and a Coke, Elwood dry toast and PeeWee makes a huge pancake, bacon, egg and Mr. T cereal breakfast and takes just one bite. -Just a funny quote, while eating Mr. T cereal: "I pity the poor fool that don't eat my cereal."
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