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While Moriarty often gets stuck with a bad wrap about his overcoat and bucket he takes to every screening of every film he's ever gone on... It's really part of his ongoing quest to conquer the world. Ya see. Every spare moment of his life must be spent... and I do mean SPENT. Ya see... He's cloning little Mini-Moriarty's... and they are the fruit of his loins. Well... In Moriarty's research of sinema, he has of course become a die hard fan and lover of all things PEE WEE. Hell, Pee Wee is so beloved that I know grown women that want his children. I'm serious. One of them was here tonight and when I told her that Pee Wee had a starring movie in the works... she was almost willing to let me impregnate her. And that's disgusting. So do not underestimate the sheer hysteria this news will cause in people around you. Be happy... be afraid... but be... I'm drunk, I don't know what I'm typing. But the screen seems to be filling up. That's good... I think, um... Oh yeah... Moriarty is below... You should probably read it... or not. I don't know. Did I tell you about the time my Mother hit me in the head with her purse after I nailed her with a yellow snowball?

Hey, Head Geek...

"Moriarty" here.

Just wanted to drop you a quick line, since I don't know if this story caught your attention yet or not. As far as I'm concerned, it's tremendous news. During the NY junket of MYSTERY MEN this last week, one of the questions that Paul Reubens was asked frequently was whether or not we'd ever see Pee Wee Herman again.

I'm sure most of us know the reason that Pee Wee was retired originally. I remember the summer before Paul's arrest, when I was working at a laserdisc store in the San Fernando Valley. Paul used to come in on occasion, and it was shocking to see him up close. He had the long hair, the full beard. I thought he looked very cool, but he wasn't Pee Wee in the slightest. Then, after the scandal, it seemed like we'd never see the beloved character again.

All that has just changed, and I couldn't be happier. There's a new Pee Wee Herman film in development now at Disney, and it sounds like it should give us all insight into Paul's version of what happened to him. He's described it as being about Pee Wee becoming very famous, and what happens to his life as a result of that fame.

Believe me, Harry... I'm on this project like white on rice. I will find out whatever there is to find out, and report back when I hear more. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • July 25, 1999, 2:47 a.m. CST



    Or maybe David Fincher wouldnt that be a trip

  • July 25, 1999, 4:29 a.m. CST



    Pee Wee's BIG Adventure was a seminal movie going experience for me. A kind of multiplex initiation into the worl of absurdist surreal cinema by way of brilliant low brow humour. When Large Marge "transformed" I'll never forget the way the entire audience jumped in fright and I did too. From that point on we were all in the same boat -- it was a communal experience. Pee Wee's Playhouse was to MR. ROGERS what TWIN PEAKS was to DALLAS. That episode where Pee Wee fed his dog and the camera lingered on the canine as it ate it's food in real time until it's bowl was spik and span was a transendental pinacle of pure comedy genius that bordered on the Dadaesque. After Reubens arrest for tenderizing the spam I thought the character was forever buried under the avalanche of political correcteness and fear otherwise known as one of the seven signs of the apocalypse. God the thought of another Pee Wee movie makes me happy. The time is right -- I can feel it. Somebody give me the cook's shoe's -- TEQUILA!!!!!

  • July 25, 1999, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Big Top Pee-Wee

    by Justin Sane

    Before everyone comes and says they hate Big Top Pee Wee, I just wanna say that I love the damn thing. Giving a life-long commitment to all things Circus (except that damn Cirque Du Soliel... what is with THOSE people?! They'd be grifted in two seconds), I'm almost REQUIRED to love it. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, you can all begin making fun of it ;-)

  • July 25, 1999, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Disney's doing Pee Wee?!?!

    by just joe

    With the fiasco of Dogma, I can't believe Disney is going to make a Pee Wee Herman movie. Will they do Pee Wee like they did Kevin Smith and abandon the movie if some religious freaks start crying about Paul's past deeds? I sure hope not because I REALLY want to see Pee Wee again. He's been gone much too long.

  • July 25, 1999, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Today's secret word is...

    by Darth Mallrat

    It's about FUCKING TIME! <scream real loud, Ok?>

  • July 25, 1999, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Excellent Professor!

    by Roann

    Now that our very own President has been able to get oral pleasure in the Oval office and remain our leader, it was just a matter of time before we could triumphuntly welcome Pee Wee back into the fold. One question: Will Larry (oops Lawrence) Fishburne reprise his role as Cowboy Curtis? What about Miss Yvonne?

  • July 25, 1999, 5:45 a.m. CST


    by Roann

    What about David Lynch?

  • July 25, 1999, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Peewee on DVD?

    by peaches

    Anyone know if Peewees Big Adventure is available on DVD? If it isn't, I'm sure Warner's will fuck it up like they have with all their other recent releases (Full Metal Jacket in fullscreen and <shudder> mono).

  • July 25, 1999, 8:19 a.m. CST

    DWD: Gus Van Sant's "Pee Wee Herman"

    by DwDunphy

    Come on, you'd just die, wouldn't ya? I think that if I had a problem with a new Pee Wee Herman flick, and believe me that I don't, it would be that the original (and still the best) "Big Adventure" was co-written by Phil Hartman. Unfortunately, since Phil's no longer with us, it would take a really fiendish mind to twist up the innocent fascade of Pee-Wee into the mad hijinks of that first flick. What this movie needs to work: 1)Danny Elfman score- His sound just jibes with this whacked-out worldmind 2)Someone who can deal with the comedy ethic here- A combination of Brett Ratner and Farrelly Bros. without their inherent proclivities. It would work for Tim Burton if "Sleepy Hollow" takes a bath (which I hope it won't). 3)No love interest. As much as I could stare at Valeria Golino, this movie must be about what happened in Pee Wee's forgotten years. Finally, let's all hope that they don't mean Disney proper, but a subsidiary like Touchstone. Anyone seen Inspector Gadget this weekend?

  • July 25, 1999, 9:03 a.m. CST

    because there r so many stupid people..

    by ricky

    I am sure that a bunch will protest this, because that's what most americans live for, looking for stuff that offends them and tthen trying to shut them down.

  • July 25, 1999, 9:24 a.m. CST

    The Return of Pee-Wee

    by W. Leach

    Personally, I didn't (and still don't) understand why everyone made a big deal about Paul Reubens and his little escapade in an adult theater. So the guy was caught pulling the pud, choking the lizard, beating the bishop, polishing the knob, shaking hands with Mr. Clean, climbing Mt. Baldy, letting loose the mongoose, and flogging the dolphin. One little incident, and his whole career basically crumbles overnight. Just for shaking hands with the unemployed. You must remember that the character of Pee-Wee started off vulgar and scatalogical ("Aaargh! Naked Gumby!!") The character used to put mirrors on his shoes to look up women's dresses, for god's sake. It wasn't until PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE and PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE that the character was softened and kiddie friendly. If Reubens revives the character, hopefully he will have the edge he once had when he first started out with the Groundlings.

  • July 25, 1999, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Yea! TIM BURTON!

    by PipsOrcle

    Right on! Tim Burton made the best Pee Wee Herman film! That Big Top Pee Wee was OK, but Pee Wee's Big Adventure, on my god, that was sooo coool and inventive! I've been waiting for this to come for sooo long! I hope this is true! Pee Wee Herman ROCKS!

  • July 25, 1999, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The future is looking up!

    by GhostofLaneMyers

    Ahhh, there's nothing like a Pee Wee flick, show or HBO special. The very thought of it makes me want to jerk off in public. New Millenium is looking up!

  • July 25, 1999, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I am already waiting in line

    by Bryan

    I am posting LIVE from the line for the new Pee Wee Herman movie. I have chosen a site near a parking lot where I hope a high quality theater will be constructed between now and the release date. Please join me, it will be worth it. * * * * * I agree that it would be great if Tim Burton would direct the movie. In fact, it might just well join Pee Wee's Big Adventure in the pantheon of Greatest Movies Ever Made. However, one thing I've always liked about Pee Wee is the way he changes. From PWBA to (the incredibly underrated) Big Top Pee Wee to Pee Wee's Playhouse, the look and feel always changes. Like Mickey Mouse or The Three Stooges, Pee Wee can be transported to different settings, lifestyles and (arguably) even time periods with his character still intact. That's part of the charm of the pee-dub, so I won't mind if the new movie has no connections with the old ones. * * * * "Do you have something to share with the rest of us Amazing Larry!?!?"

  • July 25, 1999, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by Criticlysm

    From what I read it was going to be a Disney CHANNEL movie, not a feature film.

  • July 25, 1999, 11:50 a.m. CST

    To Bad Warners Ain't Doing It . . (the Theme)

    by The Bat Is Me

    A big letdown of the second film was the Theme! They could not use the original Danny Elfman PW's Big Adventure theme because of copywrights and whatever. And now that Disney is greenlighted the film, there goes the original theme down the tube as well. Of course, I'm no big fan of Disney, either. Especially now that they edited Roger Rabbit to be more politically correct. And they are pieces of shit when it comes to DVDs.

  • July 25, 1999, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Scream real loud!

    by Sarcasmo

    This is the best news I've read about in a while! I was thrilled to see Paul Reubens in the MM trailor... remember him in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie)? He was the funnest part of the whole movie! I think he just got trapped in his Pee Wee role and had to kill the character somehow so that's why he whacked off in public... or he's just a really horny guy. Whatever. I'm just sooo happy to read that one of my all time favourite characters will be back! I really REALLY hope they can capture the magic of Pee Wee's big adventure again (Tim Burton! Please God YES!) and I hope we see Mr. Reubens in more diverse roles in the future.

  • July 25, 1999, 12:39 p.m. CST

    PeeWee and Disney?

    by madman

    This sounds odd to me. I loved PeeWee as a kid, and think this is a cool idea, but I don't know if Disney would go for this. Remember how quickly his show got dropped when news first broke out of his arrest? Even if there is money to be made with PeeWee, I'd think Disney would want to avoid any heat that such an "evil sex-offender" could bring their way. On the other hand, cassettes of his old tapes have been doing pretty well lately, so this could be his huge comeback. Guess we'll have to wait and see which groups' Gods tell them to boycott the thing. Hope it turns out well, I think PeeWee deserves a second chance. And hey, who isn't guiltly of the same or at least slightly similar, web related crime?

  • July 25, 1999, 1:14 p.m. CST

    hope it's true

    by cinemack1

    Ever since that bigtop fiasco I've been hoping for another shot at a sequel-let's hope PeeWee doesn't let us down

  • July 25, 1999, 1:31 p.m. CST

    How rude

    by MRE

    It is very rude to jerk off in an adult theater. That is what the booths are for. Jeez! Some people...

  • July 25, 1999, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Pee Wee is cool

    by Lunatic

    I'm almost 19, so I've only experience the child-friendly Pee-Wee of Big Adventure, Big Top, and Playhouse....and I loved them all. Pee-Wee was great, I never watched Mr. Rogers and rarely watched Seaseme St. When he did his little thing (insert verb - ing and obscure noun i.e. Milk & Snake) I missed him. When I found out eventually the details I thought it was funny, but it saddened me that something so trivial could cause the professional demise of one of the most beloved people of the 80's. Paul Reubens has my deepest respect (even if he did have a "moment" of weakness). I wish him well.

  • July 25, 1999, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Talk about a bum rap

    by WizardX

    (no pun intended) I have always been pissed off about how Rubens was treated by the media over the whole, uh, spanking incident. I find it ironic that certain actors can go out, get drunk or stoned every night, beat up their girlfriends, be arrested every other month, AND STILL GET WORK! And yet there are still people who'll blow their tops over Pee-Wee just because he got caught once doing WHAT EVERY MALE IN THE WORLD DOES ON OCCASION! I really hate America sometimes.

  • July 25, 1999, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Here here

    by W. Leach

    I agree with the poster above me who says that Hollywood slaps these drug addicted/girlfriend beating celebrities on the wrist, while Paul Reubens gets the shaft for paying a visit to Uncle Willy. Robert Downey Jr.? How many chances has this guy gotten? Bill Clinton? Let's not go there. Monica Lewinski is treated like a celebrity, gets a book deal, AND is invited to the Oscars for chrissake!! There's no reason why CBS had to abruptly pull PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE almost immediately after the incident, and why the character suddenly ceased to exist. Hell, in the 1960s kiddie TV show host Soupy Sales told kids on the air, to go into their parents' wallets and "take out the little green pieces of paper with the presidents on them, and send them to this address..." Paul Reuebens, if anyone, deserves a second chance.

  • July 25, 1999, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Oh hell yeah!!!

    by TheButcher

    This has got to be some of the best news that I have seen on AICN. I would love to be part of this movie. Pee Wee Herman is The Man.

  • July 25, 1999, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Amazing Larry. 'nuff said.

    by Fawst

    Bryan hit the nail on the head with that quote ;) That line gave me and my friends at the supermarket I worked at for too many years a good hour of laughs.. and that was like last year! He damn well better be in the movie!

  • July 25, 1999, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Freakin' my out man!

    by gary2012

    I just saw Pee Wee's Big Adventure friday night ON THE BIG SCREEN and talked with my friends about how it would be great if they made a new GOOD Pee Wee movie, and now this! My only concern is Disney's involvment, but these days Disney has their hands into everything. Just as long as it is some sort of side company and not labled "Disney's Pee Wee's... so and so". That always pisses me off. "DISNEY'S Inspector Gadget"? Fuck you Disney! You haven't created anything original in years! You just buy the rights to slap your name on a twisted, bastardized, PC version of someone else's work.

  • July 25, 1999, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Big Adventure

    by Smoothy

    Pee Wee's Big Adventure is one of the all-time classics.

  • July 25, 1999, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Why is it this news makes me want to drop my pants in public and

    by Sardonicus

    I couldn't resist, my tolerance is low today. This is great news for PeeWee fans who think Reubens got an unfair shake from the media and the bass-ackwards Florida legal system. Any state that sets up surveillance in an adult theater yet can't keep frigging tourists from getting shot by snipers on the thruway needs to re-examine their priorities.

  • July 26, 1999, 12:03 a.m. CST

    To guy that dissed Disney

    by ranck

    Just to note on your comment regarding "Disney's Inspector Gadget" do you know who produced the original Animated version?? A little animation company called DIC and do you know who pretty much OWNS DIC?? DISNEY!!! It was a deal between DIC and DISNEY to see if "Live Action" DIC features would work from animated ones.. ie the rumor about making a live Action Sailor Moon movie also a DIC show!!! THANKS!

  • July 26, 1999, 12:50 a.m. CST

    "Jupiter was aligned with Pluto"

    by TheButcher

    I grew up watching PW I hope they do a sequel to that WB classic Pee Wee's Big Adventure. This movie is awsome from beginning to end. When ever I hear the Warner Brothers them I think about this movie. His house in that movie is just cool from the toys in the bedroom like Howdy Doody to Godzilla to Mr. Potato Head, then you have the kitchen with Abe Lincoln making Pancakes and the Mr T. cereal and his bathroom with a fishtank for a window. I think Pee Wee's ride through the park inspired the x-games. This movie is just filled with all kinds of wonderful things. I loved the way his front yard looked and how he watered his grass. The scene when PW is at the mall and he is locking his bike up with the long ass chain and you can see where all the chain is coming from that is a classic. Another hilarious bit is when pw is in the magic shop with the big ear and then he checks out a female customer with x-ray glasses and using headlight glasses to see in the dark or a big plastic thumb to hitchike. The chase scene at the end was just like an episode of The Benny Hill show. It was cool to see the real Godzilla and Francis Buxton acting like King Kong in the bathtub. This movie is like a the way a child see's the world everything is big and colorful. When he is driving at night with Mickey and uses the convertibles ragtop for a parachute that is cool. Then there are all the classic lines from this movie: Between Pee Wee and Simone "Everyone has a big butt Simone let's talk about your big butt" "Pee Wee I have been waiting for someone to put it to me like that for so long" Between Pee Wee and The Bikers "First we stomp him, then we tatto him, then we hang him, and then we kill him" "I say we let him go" "NO" Between Pee Wee and Francis "I know you are but what am I" "I don't make monkey's I just train them" Between Pee Wee and Dottie "I'm a loner Dottie a rebel" After viewing this movie again and watching Pee Wee slide down the fire poll in his pj's and stopping with his clothes on it was only obvious why Tim Burton was destined to direct the best of the Batman movie in the series so far. What about the Coen brothers directing a sequel I mean after seeing The Big Lebowski just think what they could do with a sequel to Pee Wee's Big Adventure. What we need now is another Cheech and Chong movie with Pee Wee in it now that would be cool. Pee Wee was cool as the hotel clerk fighting with Chong in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie "I know you are but what am I" what a great line and then he was The Hamburger Man in Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams what a fucking cool character "I'm sorry" "I'm not sorry hahahaha". The Ice Cream truck in that movie inspired the makers of Friday.

  • ...when so many people here seem as though they'd be quite willing to suck his PeeWee. Had the show and his character not gone out in that orgasmic bang, people would've gotten tired of his schtick, the material would've slowly descended below mediocrity (Big Top Pee Wee was fairly lousy, the character was over-merchandised beyond belief, and the show was already dragging its feet IMO), and the whole thing would've slowly faded away. But instead, with the quick "yank" of the show and character, people's nostalgia can alter their typically objective viewpoint and make them give such a franchise more credit than it's worth. Hell, I'm pretty sure Reubens was damned sick of playing the character as well, and the only reason he's going back to Pee Wee is because he needs money and clearly can't hack it as anything but a character actor. I'd like to think that the new venture would be decent, but with Disney's involvement, the fact that Reuben's heart probably isn't in it, and the track record of consistently watering down the character, I doubt we'll get anything more than sub-standard. Sorry for the negative rant, but I just felt this Talk-Back needed the cynical angle that spikes most other Talk-Backs. =)

  • July 26, 1999, 10:17 a.m. CST

    The world is bright again!

    by jrpacman

    Pee-Wee was my idol growing up. When the horrible news came and the character was retired, a dark cloud came over my world. Now comes this news - the clouds are separating - I have not heard such good news in ages. I am sooo happy right now. Oh - to that DVD guy: Warner is working on a special edition Pee-Wee's Big Adventure DVD. I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

  • July 26, 1999, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Welcome Back, Pee Wee

    by Pilcrow

    I can't help but think of the chase that ends Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The first time I saw that, I was rolling on the floor laughing and had to hit rewind on the VCR to see it again. Even if it did borrow conceptually from Blazing Saddles, it was one of the funniest things committed to film in the 1980s. A new Pee Wee is great news, even if the sinister hand of The Mouse is pulling the strings. And in defense of Inspector Gadget (the series and not The Mouse's halfassed interpretation), DIC was NOT owned by Disney at the time Inspector Gadget was created. Disney bought DIC because they lacked any creativity of their own and didn't feel like being sued by any more Japanese Anime companies for ripping off their ideas. Hey, isn't that the theme for The Lion King I hear playing?

  • July 26, 1999, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by michelle21

    Pee-wee's coming back. This news made my day! They should try to get Tim Burton involved in some way, so that the film turns out better then Big Top Pee-Wee. Any word yet on who's writing or co-writing it? It's a shame Phil Hartman's not around to help out again.

  • July 26, 1999, 11:41 a.m. CST

    i just wanted to add...

    by michelle21

    Actually, getting Burton involved probably isn't out of the question. He and Paul have remained close. In fact, he was the only guy giving him work for a while. (Useless Trivia:He was the Pengiun's dad in the opening of Batman Returns and he was the one of the voices of Lock,Shock, and Barrel in Nightmare Before Christmas)

  • So fork over the money for liftin it for ya, Bux - ton... Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh... Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh... I'm all alone...I'm rolling this big donut...and a snake wearing a vest comes along...

  • July 26, 1999, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Inaccuracy in Renton's post

    by Bryan

    Actually, Reubens had "retired" Pee Wee long before the scandal. He filmed the last two seasons at once, to get it over with - he wanted to move on to something else. Not only that, but both seasons had already run out by the time of the scandal. It was the RERUNS that were pulled from CBS (?), prompting many upset fans. * * * * * Personally, I don't think the character was ever watered down at all. True, PWBA is a better movie than Big Top, but not because the character is any different. It just has a funnier screenplay. But both are hilarious. * * * * * I also wanted to respond to the guy way up there who said that Big Top was a disappointment because it doesn't have the same theme song. Are you nuts? The Big Adventure theme is classic, but this is a different movie, about the circus. Elfman's circus theme is brilliant - I think this is one of his funnest, most goofily diverse scores. It wouldn't have worked to reuse the same theme. In fact, I think the weakest thing in the movie (though it's forgivable) is the reprise of the Tequile dance, the only thing that makes this seem like a sequel.

  • July 28, 1999, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Finding the Alamo's basement

    by bean

    well hoo-RAY!!! We all got our wish!! Long live Jambi!!!

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