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Name: VARESE SARABANDE
Number: VAR47281

Year: 1986
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE / BACK TO SCHOOL (CD)
Composed by: Danny Elfman

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE

1. Overture / The Big Race (3:07)
2. Breakfast Machine (2:36)
3. Park Ride (1:14)
4. Stolen Bike (1:44)
5. Hitchhike (0:56)
6. Dinosaur Dream (0:48)
7. Simone's Theme (1:35)
8. Clown Dream (1:58)
9. Studio Chase (1:24)
10. The Drive-In (2:02)
11. Finale (3:12)

BACK TO SCHOOL

12. Overture (2:12)
13. "Do Not Go Gently..." (1:07)
14. The Brawl (0:52)
15. Action Medley (1:28)
16. Classroom Secretary (1:01)
17. Triple Lindy (2:03)
18. Love Suite (2:28)
19. Study Montage (2:00)

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE - Co-written by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee Wee's Big Adventure marks the debut of director Tim Burton, who stamps the entire film with his quirky trademark style. The premise: Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent boy sporting a molded Princeton cut, blush, lipstick, and a shrunken gray flannel suit, lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home (some have compared the remarkable set design to the expressionistic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) until someone nabs his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. He then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love, not to mention more than a little adventure. Along the way, he makes friends with various oddball characters, visits the Alamo, endures various hallucinatory nightmares, and has a supernatural run-in with a spectral trucker. In this reprisal of his popular standup routine, Reubens is wonderful as the nerdy man child; he plays it silly, yet he manages to imbue the role with some sensitivity without ever seeming maudlin. The score by Danny Elfman is terrific -- as is the case in nearly every film Burton has directed -- and the script is fresh and inventive. Some of the most memorable moments: the opening sequence involving Pee Wee's morning activities is a stroke of genius (note the bunny slippers and talking breakfast), as are the scenes at the truck stop, and the "Hollywood" version of Pee Wee's story at the end (starring James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild in surprise cameos). In all, Pee Wee's Big Adventure is a delightful film, enjoyable for children as well as adults. 1985

BACK TO SCHOOL - Self-made wealthy guy Rodney Dangerfield decides he needs a better education--and also to spend some time away from his cheating new wife. Dangerfield joins his son Keith Gordon at college. Dad hopes to gain his son's respect (isn't that always Dangerfield's motivation?), while son tries to fit in with his snobbish and brutish fellow students. English professor Sally Kellerman forms a strong bond with Dangerfield, encouraging both father and son to stick out their first year despite all odds. The finale involves some slapstick at the swimming pool diving board, and the obligatory commencement address delivered by Dangerfield, who proves that he can crack jokes without tugging at his tie. Even non-Dangerfield fans can enjoy Back to School because his character is appealing and the story has some semblance to credibility. The film was lensed on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, which never looked better. 1986

  
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