Sunday, 1 September 2013
Whether you’re a fan of the loner & rebel or not, a world without Pee Wee Herman would be very different. For starters there would be no Tim Burton...
In 1984, Paul Ruebens, the man behind the grey suit and red bow-tie watched a live action short by a recently fired Disney animator and fell in love. The film was called Frankenweenie, directed by Burton. It just so happened that Ruebens was looking for someone to direct his first feature film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. He gave the job to Burton and what a marvelous job he did too. Burton drafted in a friend of his to score the film, his friend was Danny Elfman, then the lead singer of Oingo Boingo, he agreed and enjoyed scoring films so much he proceeded to give up the day job and score all of Burton’s future films as well as creating the iconic theme tune for The Simpsons.
Following the success of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, the visionary director suddenly began being inundated with scripts, one of those was called Beetlejuice, the film which made Winona Ryder a star. Following the success of Beetlejuice and Pee Wee, Burton was offered Batman and Batman Returns and then Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood which proceeded to make Johnny Depp a star. So you see, a world without Pee Wee Herman would also be a world without Tim Burton, Winona Ryder, The Simpsons, Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman, Jack Nicholson as The Joker, Johnny Depp and perhaps most importantly a world without fun and one of the greatest cult figures of our time.