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The Rock-itt : January 2014
b By THE ROCK-ITT’S MR MOVIES ROBERT FLORCZAK In one of the most memorable scenes in the film, Pee-wee enters a tough biker bar to make a phone call, and ends up doing an iconic dance on the bar to the jukebox str ains of "Tequila." Again, an actual bar on a high desert road in southern California was used for the exterior (we can see Pee- wee approaching on the right of the screen grab), but today the group of buildings has been spruced up and almost unrecognizable to passing motorists wh o might be fans of the film. Although director Burton went as far as Texas for a scene at the Alamo, much of the film took advantage of the local possibilities in the outskirts of Hollywood. In a scene of Pee-wee hitchhiking (with an over-sized toy thumb!), a winding road just north of Los Angeles was the location, and, unlike the previous Then & Now examples, little has changed since Pee-wee succeeded in grabbing a ride from a passing motorist: an escaped con who had been imprison ed for cutting off the "do-not-remove" tag of a mattress As they were on location 1985 As they are now 29 years later http://www.robertflorczak.com We visit a couple of youth-oriented movies this month; one for kids of all ages and one for kids who never grew up! The latter first. Paul Reubens created one of the great, kooky char acters in the world of comedy, introducing the eternal eight-year old man-boy Pee-wee Herman in live improve, then moving him on to a successful kiddie TV series. From there it was only a matter of time before the big screen called and in 1985 his fans were treated to "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," the debut film of noted director, Tim Burton. An adventure it was, taking Pee-wee cross-country in an effort to find his stolen beloved bicycle. Along the way we get to meet an assortment of odd sorts in some very odd places, with several of the scenes becoming comedy classics. Pee- wee's house was a vision of boyhood imagin ation, filled with toys, gadgets, and pets. The house, and actual abode in th e leafy town of South Pasaden a, was actually painted bright red for the film. It is n ow back to its original white, the owners evidently not having been persuaded to keep the colour in honour of film histor y! Movie Locations Then and Now <> <> > <>