Big Top Pee-wee
Big Top Pee-wee is a 1988 American comedy film. A stand-alone sequel to Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), The original music score was composed by Danny Elfman (though he also scored Pee-wee's Big Adventure, he could not use any themes from that film due to Big Top Pee-wee being produced by Paramount Pictures rather than Warner Bros.).
- The plot is very silly.
- It's a rehash of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
- There are the silliest Circus designs, especially Duke The Dog-Faced Boy.
- The circus Performers' names are laughable. What does "Piccolapupula" actually mean, for instance?
- Pee-wee cheats on his girlfriend but doesn't realize it until Winnie shows up.
- Anachronism: There's plenty of modern and even fantastical examples of technology present, but the town Pee-wee lives near seems to have been locked in stasis since the 1910s. A possible reason for this is that since the townspeople are old, they likely grew up around that time period.
- Pee-wee Herman kisses Winnie in the front of the five children.
- There are some inappropriate scenes in this sequel for kids, like Pee-Wee Herman staring at Gina's boobs, while Pee-Wee and Gina kiss in flashbacks. There's even bikini girls mud-wrestling in a kids' film!
- Some people will enjoy this, despite its flaws.
- Kris Kristofferson as Mace Montana still had solid performances, despite having trouble delivering his lines in one scene.
Upon release, the film was badly-received. It received a score of 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 20 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film two stars.
- This was the second to last film produced by Richard Abramson; he never did another film after the '80s ended.
- Tim Burton turned down the chance to direct, as he was transitioning from completing Beetlejuice to beginning pre-production on Batman (1989).