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Great Characters: Pee-wee Herman (“Pee-wee Herman’s Big Adventure”)

I still remember watching Pee-wee’s Big Adventure for the first time, not knowing anything about this character:

What a delightful movie! And such a delightful character, too. The plot summary from IMDB:

Eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman embarks on the big adventure of his life across the US mainland, as he sets out to find his beloved bike, when it is stolen in broad daylight.

Man-child is a good description, traversing his hero’s journey in this movie while bouncing from one FOOW (Fish-Out-Of-Water) experience after another. Like the memorable Tequila scene:

[View the scene here].

Or moments of inanity like this:

Pee-wee: I wouldn’t sell my bike for all the money in the world. Not for a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars!

Francis: Then you’re crazy!

Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?

Francis: You’re a nerd!

Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I?

Francis: You’re an idiot!

Pee-wee: I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? Infinity!

Francis: No, I’m not.

Pee-wee, Francis: You are! No way! Knock it off! Cut it out!

Francis: Shut up, Pee-wee!

Pee-wee: Why don’t you make me. Francis: You make me!

Pee-wee: Because. I don’t make monkeys, I just train ‘em.

Francis: Pee-wee listen to reason.

[Pee-Wee cuffs his hand around his ear in a listening motion]

Francis: Pee-wee!

Pee-wee: Sh! I’m listening to reason.

Francis: Pee-wee!

Pee-wee: That’s my name, don’t wear it out.

Francis: Remember the first time I saw your bike? You came riding past my house and I came running out to tell you how much I liked it even way back then?

Pee-wee: I love that story.

[jumps on bike and pedals away]

Pee-wee is Protagonist as Trickster, a happy wanderer with a clear goal: find his beloved bicycle. A great and entertaining movie character.

Who else likes Pee-wee Herman?