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Pee-Wee Herman creator speaks out
Pee-wee's Big Adventure - Wikipedia
Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. He is best known for his two television series and film series during the s. The childlike Pee-wee Herman character developed as a stage act that quickly led to an HBO special in As the stage performance gained further popularity, Reubens took the character to motion picture with Pee-wee's Big Adventure in , toning down the adult innuendo for the appeal of children. Another film, Big Top Pee-wee , was released in , and after a lengthy hiatus, a third film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday , was released by Netflix in
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Reubens also co-wrote the script with Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol. Described as a "parody" or "farce version" of the Italian classic Bicycle Thieves ,   it is the tale of Pee-wee Herman's nationwide search for his stolen bicycle. The producers and Reubens hired Burton to direct when they were impressed with his work on Vincent and Frankenweenie. Filming took place in both California and Texas. It eventually developed into a cult film and has since accumulated positive feedback.