It was 30 years ago this week that Pee-wee Herman set out across the country in search of his missing bicycle in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Paul Reubens decided to commemorate the anniversary by sharing some never-before-seen photos from on set, and the gallery, which can be found at his blog, includes shots of director Tim Burton holding snakes and wearing a fake beard, writer and Saturday Night Live legend Phil Hartman working too hard to not look at the camera ever, and Pee-wee rocking his iconic suit-and-bowtie look that was out of date even back then, but is somehow still retro cool.
Reubens ended his post by writing, “I have received so many compliments from fans of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, felt so much love and support from so many people over the last 30 years, it has truly been amazing and wonderfully overwhelming! To any fan reading this: THANK YOU!!!”
He also threw in a couple other good pieces of news: His next on-screen adventure, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, is currently in post-production, and there’s a screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever on August 22nd, and “there’s a rumor that I’ll be attending.”
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