The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich “kid.” And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee’s awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. —IMDb
Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton (born August 25, 1958) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American film director, producer, writer and artist. He is famed for his dark and quirky films, such as Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he co-wrote and produced. He is also famous for directing blockbusters including Batman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since directing his first feature film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, he has gone on to direct and produce numerous films, many of which have received Academy Award nominations and wins. He frequently works with close friend Johnny Depp, musician Danny Elfman and partner Helena Bonham Carter. His upcoming projects include the animated film 9 and Alice in Wonderland, the Disney retelling of Lewis Carroll’s book.
Burton was born in Burbank, California, the first of two sons to Bill Burton and Jean Erickson. His year of birth is sometimes mistakenly given as 1960. Burton described his childhood self as quirky… read more
Unhealthy and irritating character. According to the ratings of my MUBI friends, the film is appreciated in the United States and disliked in Europe. Culture clash, once again. Already forgotten.
Can be viewed as a loose remake of 'Paris, Texas', with the bike replacing Kinski. Both films are effectively about emotionally stunted men searching for lost 'objects' in the hope that the reconciliation with said 'object' will somehow restore order to their existence. Even the journey is similar, taking us from the suburbs to a series of shared locations, culminating with two very different on-screen representations of the cinema; life as an exhibition, a performance.