Pee Wee Herman’s Darkside

May 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm (Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure) (, , , , )

“What’s wrong with me?  They tell me I’m weird so I guess I must be, but I don’t feel weird.”

Tim Burton

I took a trip down memory lane and watched Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  Before popping in the movie I was thinking, “Pee Wee Herman, bright smile and colorful bow tie, how is this a Tim Burton moive again?”  Then it started and I quickly remembered, this is why.

Pee Wee Herman, some may say a strange indivdual.  A grown man that wakes up, puts on his rabbit slippers and dances right away.  A grown man who slides down a firepole to his kitchen, a grown man in love with his bike.  A man who is not completely understood, perfect for Burton.

As Pee Wee goes on his search for his stolen bike, Burton lets you see the dark side of Pee Wee.  The man who is constantly laughing no longer can, not until his bike is found.  He has a three hour meeting about his missing bike that accomplishes nothing, we see this man break down, we see the darkside.

Pee Wee who is distraught about his lost love is surrounded by a colorful world.  This movie is all about the sets.  Pee Wee’s house is ridiculously packed with toys and fun objects, such as the lifesize Abraham Lincoln that flips pancakes in the kitcken.  Just look at the lawn.

What completes this film as a Tim Burton work is the scene where Pee Wee hitches a ride with Large Marge.  She tells her chilling ghostly story of the women who died on that same night ten years prior. Then Large Marge’s eyes pop out of her head as you see in the introduction photo.  The eyes of Large Marge were on display at the MOMA.

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Burton at the MOMA

April 20, 2010 at 12:27 am (MOMA) (, , , , , , , )

“I’m a happy-go-lucky manic depressive.”

Tim Burton

My first visit to New York would not have been right without a trip to the MOMA to see Burton’s art exhibit.  Since on line tickets were sold on for the next week we ventured to the museum not one but three times before we could get tickets.  So on my last free day in New York, I entered Burton’s world and it was beyond amazing.
The exhibit lets you see a different side of Burton, a more personal side.  Along with sketches and puppets from his films, were pieces of his personal artwork.  Artwork of distorted furniture with faces, creatures of every shape and size, sculptures, one of which you use it’s mouth to enter the exhibit.  This visit relit the Burton fire for me.  I was not a child in a candy store but a candy factory, where you see how it is made and wrapped, where everything is wonderful, besides the heavy traffic of small children who also want a glimpse.  I was poor Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory.
The exhibit closes on the 26th of this month.  If you have the opportunity, take it.  You will see the Tim Burton we all have come to love.
“It brings together over seven hundred rarely or never before seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera related to his feature films and to unrealized and little-known personal projects, demonstrating his talents as artist, illustrator, photogrpaher, and writer in the spirit of Pop Surrelism.”

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