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075 – TFFP: Pee Wee Double Feature Part 2: Big Top Pee Wee (1988)

EP74- Pee Wee Herman Double-Feature - courtesy of Kevin Spencer @ inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re talking Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) AND Big Top Pee Wee (1988)! Wait a tic! What’s that?!? You say, the boys went on about Pee Wee’s Big Adventure for so long that they decided to break this bad boy into a two parter?

Say it’s so!

Well, it is so. This week it’s Part 1 where we focus on the Big Adventure and next week we’ll roll out Part 2 when we go under the Big Top with Senor Pee Wee (Can you say Adobe? Adobe!).

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Screenplay by: Paul Reubens and George McGrath

Starring: Pee Wee Herman, Penelope Ann Miller, Valeria Golino, and Kris Kristofferson

Background Info (from Wikipedia): Big Top Pee-wee is the 1988 American family comedy sequel to the 1985 film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The original music score is composed by Danny Elfman. The film is marketed with the tagline “Hero. Lover. Legend.”

The Paramount Pictures production was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Paul Reubens and George McGrath. Paul Reubens also co-produced the film with Debra Hill. Filming locations includeDisney’s Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, California, USA and the auditorium at Hart High School. This was Kleiser’s first movie for Paramount since 1978’s Grease.

During a 1988 television special, Pee-wee Herman acknowledged the long hours of circus training undertaken by the film’s actors and that they spent a year and a half working on the movie. He also humorously compared himself as an actor to James Cagney and Spencer Tracy and ended by saying that Big Top Pee-wee is “at least as good as Police Academy.”

This week’s movie picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Joel’s Pick:

Witch Hunt (1994)

Next week we’re feeling a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on! We’re talking that creature feature classic, Tremors (1991). We’ll also be joined by special guest co-host Dave Becker of and the Horror Palace Network and talking Graboids, Steve Keaton as an NRA member, and the sheer and utter brilliance of Reba McEntire’s acting debut!

Special thanks to:

The fantastic show-notes art provided by artist Kevin Spencer. Check out his other groovy artwork at, and like his Facebook page, The Art of Kevin Spencer.

The hilarious spoiler alert featured in this episode provided by Jay V. Please check out his hilarious podcast at!

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