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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Ah, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, how I love you. Yes, Large Marge scared the shit out of me as a kid. Yes, most of the humor went way over my head, but that only lead to repeat viewings being even funnier as I grew up.

I was kind of obsessed with Pee-Wee Herman as a kid. Between this movie and my faithful Saturday mornings spent at his Playhouse (via TV, of course) he was one of my idols. I don’t really give a shit about Teddy Ruxpin anymore and the Ninja Turtles don’t mean as much to me as they used to, but goddamnit if I don’t love Pee-Wee just as much as (if not more than) I did as a kid.

The first movie is a huge part of that, thanks in no small part to the hungry filmmaking of a young Tim Burton, who is in the below photo… looking like a baby, by the way. How was he so young?!?

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is one of the great family films of the last half century and I’ll always love it..

Thanks to our own Latauro for sending this one along. Click for the bigger version! Hope you guys enjoy!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic features one of the best remakes of all time and one of the baddest badasses cinema has ever produced!

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  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Look how young and normal looking Burton is...

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Is Tim Burton related to Ivan Reitman?

    by Tommy Fang

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Baba Booey! Howard Stern RULES!

    by scallywagthedog

    I honestly thought that was Gary Dell'Abate for a second standing there with PeeWee.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Anyone ever see the version with the messed up FX shot?

    by Mel

    I don't know where I got it, and I havent seen it in a LONG time...but there was a version where they must have done a bad pan and scan where, when hes pulling the chain out of the bike compartment - you can see the bottom of the chain coming up through the hole in the bottom of the compartment. It was hilarious. Not sure how they messed that up.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Quick question to you movie aficionados...

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Does anyone remember the name of the movies from either the late 70's or early 80's that featured a group of dobermans that robbed banks? It was live action and was supposed to be serious. The owners would send in the dogs with little bags on their sides and a note for the teller. Anyone?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The Doberman Gang

    by Scott

    Thats the movie you're thinking of.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Ahh! Yes,

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    The Godfather. Thanks halfbreed. :) I'm pretty sure there were two or three of these films, but I'm completely blanking on them. I must have only been 7 or 8 years old, and the movies were playing on TV. Bah, can't remember.

  • One of my favorite movies EVER. And damn, Burton looks so NORMAL in that pic.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Yeah, ramfan27. Only took me 10 seconds to Google the answer

    by cookepuss

    Doberman Bank Robber .... popped right up

  • "OK!"

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Unless they fixed it recently that shot has been in every time I've seen the movie. There's a good two inches where you can see the chain being drawn through under the compartment.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    No. It was a subplot that was cut out of Schindler's List at the last moment.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "Spearmint or fruit?"

    by DickBallsworth


  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    the chain

    by maxwell's hammer

    I always thought it was shot that way on purpose, just to add to the artificialness of Pee-Wee's childlike world. Like the shots of the roadsigns zipping past on tracks when he's supposed to be speeding down the dark highway... It all seems rather intentional.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Is it me or does Tim Burton look like...

    by GuyFawkes

    ..Jerry Seinfeld's long lost brother?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    God how I love Pee-Wee, but...

    by Clavius

    ...did anyone else want to slap him for rejecting Dottie so often in that movie? She totally wanted to give it up for PW and he's all like "huh? What?" Dottie was a lil hottie. I would have totally tapped that.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by brocknroll

    Did anyone ever tell you that this is private club of the Satan's Helper's? Nobody ever hipped me to that dude. LOL!

  • Good to know, son. Now try to pull that skin down, and then pull it up. Something funny will happen if you try it long enough.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I thought the excess chain was only visible in the pan-n-scan version

    by rev_skarekroe

    Because it's not letterboxed, you can see part of the frame that's meant to be cut off. There's a similar moment at the end of Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, where Slim is on top of the fake mountain waving a saw. In the TV version, you can see the highway at the bottom of the screen, but in the letterboxed version you can't. They even mention in the commentary how the pan-n-scan version worked better in this instance.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    I'm with you brother. She had a great rack.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Amazing Larry

    by Cureguy

    Ha,Ha....just the name Amazing Larry is awesome! One of the funniest movies ever made.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Burton should kept the look

    by Phategod100

    Instead of adopting the look of a insane Cure fan.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    The Doberman Gang was the first in a trilogy.

    by CountOrlok

    Don't forget about The Daring Dobermans in 1973 and The Amazing Dobermans in 1976. I'm pretty sure you can buy the whole set on DVD.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    What about the Amazing Dobermans?

    by alan_poon

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    johnny depp > paul reubens.

    by vulturess

    needs more helena bonham carter.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    "Paging Mr. Herman..."

    by Tacom

    My God that dubbed voice is still one of the funniest things ever.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Because. I don't make monkeys...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    I just train 'em.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    yeah, Burton sucks now

    by Stifler's Mom

    I've never seen a movie more devoid of inspiration than ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Yes Clavius, I did want to slap him....

    by alienindisguise

    Dottie was a hottie much more so than Simone was. I woulda torn Dottie up right in her bike shop.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    You would love Pee Wee Quint

    by Jeremy Davis

    How can you not still love NInja Turtles They kick Pee Wee's ass in a heartbeat! And also how the Fuck Is Pee Wee's big adventure a family film? Wht universe are you from Quint?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    just saw him on broadway

    by seasonsix

    met him after the show, great guy, and the show is as funny as ever. made me rent some of the dvds of the tv show- they really hold up!

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    "i pity the fool who don't eat my cereal"

    by JaredP

    love this movie one of my childhood favorites!!!

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's pic is gonna be John Carpenter's The Thing

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Kurt Russell FTW!

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword: I own the movie on V

    by MRJONZ72

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Loved this movie (and the TV show) growing up!

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Anyone else confused when Pee Wee was arrested for slapping the ham in an ADULT MOVIE THEATRE?! What else do they think goes on in there? I also hated how everyone labeled him as a perv after the incident because apparently Pee Wee is the only human to ever play with himself. He got a raw deal. Glad he's making a comeback.

  • I had thought it was done that way on purpose...u know seeing the chain being fed thru the bottom on my VHS copy..I didn't watch the movie for years on TV cause there was no reason too. Then about 8 to 10 years ago...I caught it elsewhere and saw that it was no longer there that's when I start to realize it might has been a mistake.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    No Way! Tomorrows gonna be "Get Carter"

    by MST3KPIMP

    he said 'best' remake ever!

  • still cracks me up just thinking about it. It's the only 80's style over-the-top chase scene gag that actually makes me laugh.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    ...and don't forget, that's Thomas Edison in the background.

    by JethroBodine

    Yeah, it's Thomas Edison! So much history in that photo...

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    do you believe that Silence of the Lambs is a remake? more importantly, is it possible that EVERY SINGLE THING YOU SAY is factually wrong? is this some sort of shtick or character that you're playing? I'm not sure which is worse, honestly...

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow - Last of the Mohicans?

    by Fred

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Seriously personal movie

    by Right Bastard

    Goddamn I'm going to post something serious on AINC? Pee Wee is very close to my heart, though. After a friend died, and the wake for his funeral, a lot of friends gathered for remembering and commiserating. After everyone left, and only three of us were around, we were just kind of numb. We started three movies, and stopped them all about 5 minutes in. Then we watched Pee Wee's Big Adventure. It was a release. Such a cathartic and wonderful laugh. Not making light of our friend's death, but just kind of a break that we needed. This movie will always have a special place for me. (P.S. I'm still pissed that the DVD version "fixed" the mistake with the bike chain)

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I say we let him go.

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    That animation need 2 twin Harry's in dresses at the end.

    by seabiscuits

    Is Harry even in it?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by Wayne Marshall

    It's actually only in the full screen version. The film was shot open matte for later tv showings. A lot of movies were made this way to allow for ease of TV airings and directors tend to not be as diligent about the goofs that happen outside the widescreen area they are filming in. Willy Wonka was shot open matte and there are several issues on the open matte version. Air Force One has visible boom mics throughout the open matte version. With TVs being 16x9 it should be a practice that is abandoned least the severity of 4:3 to 16x9 open matte.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    And KNITTING...and KNITTING....ah-hand KNITTING...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Pee-Wee staring up the motorcycle and riding directly through a billboard still makes me roar with laughter every damn time (a gag so good it was stolen almost verbatim in Zombieland). And one of Danny Elfman's best scores, as well.

  • Instead of a pimp with a Malibu beachhouse and his socially awkward brother and his son living with him it'll be two socially awkward brothers living together in chuq lorre's new sitcom.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Dottie's Titties.....

    by Loosejerk

    in Valley Girl....awesome.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Ding Ding Ding... Braindrain is wrong again...

    by Frijole

    Hooks has been lots of movies. Wildcats and Batman Returns spring to mind immediately.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Do we have any Mexican Americans with us today?

    by RosemarysBabyDaddy

    Well, buenos dias! Forget Dottie and Simone, Tina the Alamo Tour Guide (aka Jan Hooks) was the hottest thing in PWBA. And let's not forget to show some love for PW's writing partner at the time, the late, great Phil Hartman. Together they created my favorite movie of all time, and I am very thankful.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I never said she had a stellar film career...

    by Frijole

    ...only pointed out that you were wrong (as usual). Which you were.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    I have the Doberman trilogy on VHS

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Haven't seen a DVD for any of them.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    You really are a mouth-breathing nitwit aren't you?

    by Frijole

    I said two came immediately to mind. Even if that were it, it would STILL be two more than you stated she had. She was also in that Jiminy Glick movie, Coneheads, Simon Burch, A Dangerous Woman and Funland. Would you like me to count them for you?

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Um, The Thing...

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    Tomorrow HAS to be Carpenter's The Thing, right? RIGHT?!

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    The pic's a fake!

    by The_Dark_Shite

    There isn't a young Helena Bonham Carter in the background on a BMX.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I wonder what happened to her? How many movies was she in?

    by The_Dark_Shite


  • Feb. 19, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    so i guess those new movies should be green lit by now

    by seabiscuits

    with the live show's sucess on both coasts now.

  • Seriously if u say "let me in" was better, that's it I'm done this this site. it better be "The Thing".

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Or Batman Begins. I guess that's a remake

    by ndally

    Should remake be separated from reboot?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    definitely John Carpenter's THE THING

    by r_kelly


  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I'd go with Casino Royale...

    by eustisclay

    ...except I really don't consider it a remake. But baddest baddass? Is this Shaft?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST


    by Robert Husted

    I remember watching this as a kid on a version taped off CBS (late 80's, early 90's maybe), and seeing that one shot with the chain thinking "That ain't right...."

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure Dottie called him Pee Pee in several scenes

    by Bobo_Vision

    "Alright, Pee Pee...but when you get back you can make it up to me at the drive-in."

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    by ccRider66

    tomorrows pic is The Longest Yard

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Love this movie

    by elsewhere

    A classic. The biker scene and the end when Pee Wee crashes into the billboard still slays me.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Revenge of the Nerds

    by elsewhere

    Another classic released roughly in the same time frame. Any Behind the Scenes of that Quint? NERDS!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    tomorrow is Bronson's THE MECHANIC!

    by Tigger Tales

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    er... Statham's MECHANIC.

    by Tigger Tales

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    This movie ages so well . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . by the end of times it will be the best movie ever made. My Mom took my sister & I to a Saturday matinee opening weekend and we were the only friggin' people in the place. F'in' Alabama . . . We were all huge fans of The Pee-Wee Herman Show, the live show that used to air on HBO, and were shocked to find not many others in town were. I'm still pissed that Phil Hartman only got about 5 seconds of screen time in Big Adventure. His Captain Carl on that live show was so damn HILARIOUS!!!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I love his complete bike obsession

    by JAGUART

    and how he just unravels when it gets stolen, and his happy little world gets turned upside-down. The road trip, the kitsch, the score, and of course, Pee Wee and his character arc. I love this movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Ah, E.G. Daily...

    by John Maddening

    Not only Dottie in BIG ADVENTURE, not just Loryn in VALLEY GIRL, but the singer in the band at the school dance in BETTER OFF DEAD, and Buttercup in POWERPUFF GIRLS. She's 50 years old and still super hot.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Also the voice of Babe in Pig In The City

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I'm not a porkpie. I'm just a pig on a mission.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Bike Chain Scene

    by HermesTrismestigus

    Was just there on the cable and video versions cuz it was open matte. If it was cropped properly to 1 85 ratio it wouldn't be seen. Usually when you see a boom mike in a movie or when I saw the original trailer to Clueless there were wires and gaffers tape all over the floor during a dialogue scene in a bedroom and a light in the shot because the projectionist didn't put the crop matte on.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I'm in Texas! Here...I'll prove it!

    by tatoosh


  • Feb. 20, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    EG Daily

    by KazamaSmokers

    Also in Streets of Fire.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest movies of all time

    by IForgotAbout19

    Well, I lost my temper and I took a knife and I uh-Do you know those "Do Not Remove Under the Penalty of Law" labels they put on mattresses?....Well I CUT one of'em off!

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I don't remember this movie.

    by David Cloverfield

    Saw it as a kid, but I only recall that he is a wierd grown up who loves his bike, it gets stolen and at the end they make some James Bond movie from his adventures. Didn't grow up in the US, so I don't have a connection to the TV show. Is it worth watching, without the nostalgia factor?

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    I must be alone

    by Mr Lucas

    I did try to watch this, but found the character of Pee Wee creepy, disturbing and annoying all at the same time. Maybe I missed something.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Latauro, eh?

    by Elston Gunn

    I sent this one to you months ago. We had something, you and I... and you just forget that I exist... Glad to see it finally up. One of my faves.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Ah, E.G. Daily

    by D.Vader

    Star of the HORRIBLY made "horror" film, "Mustang Sally's House of Horrors". Good god its god-awful. But E.G. Daily is still awfully hot in it.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Oh Elston Gunn, you are missed

    by D.Vader

    Wish you still did your Weekly Recaps 'round here. Even Quint is screwing you over. Sad times at AICN.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    one of my favorites

    by deelzbub

    I drug a bunch of high school friends with me to opening weekend back in the day. Most didn't get it, but everyone loved Large Marge.

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Such great music by Elfman too.

    by durhay

  • Feb. 20, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Wow - you can really tell how Jewish Burton is --

    by Professor_Monster

    When his hair is short.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by johnny_alpha

    Hey, Tim. Freddie Mercury just called and asked for his gigantic teeth back.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    Made a point to go to NYC in November just to catch PeeWee on Broadway - got front row center tickets and enjoyed the sweet baby Jesus out of it. Added bonus - literally ran into Seth Green and McCauley Caulkin in the lobby. I'm sure the animation in PeeWee's Playhouse was a big influence on Seth and his work on Robot Chicken and Greg the Bunny.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    The headline for this should have read

    by thepoohguy

    The Behind the scenes pic of the day is not for sale, FRANCES!!!!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    OH REALLY? Where are they HOSING HIM DOWN??

    by Xian042

    classic movie. Great BTS Pic, love the look on Pee-Wee's face Someone mentioned the chain coming up through the compartment on the bike, I always thought that was intentional as a joke. Were there later versions that fixed this?

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I could rave on for hours about what a near-perfect classic this movie is...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but you all above me have done a solid job of that already. PEE-WEE FOREVER, BITCHES! ("...everybody has a big 'but.' Let's talk about YOUR big 'but.' ")

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    So when does the Teddy Ruxpin movie come out?

    by Parallax

    Just sayin'

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    "Ah Ha! You don't want it because you already have it!"

    by jarjarmessiah

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    " I say we let him go."

    by jarjarmessiah


  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    "If that was Large Marge that must have been...."

    by jarjarmessiah

    "Her ghost!"

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    "I am always ready!"

    by jarjarmessiah