Reubens also co-wrote the script with Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol. Described as a "parody" or "farce version" of the Italian classic Bicycle Thieves  it is the tale of Pee-wee Herman's nationwide search for his stolen bicycle. The producers and Reubens hired Burton to direct when they were impressed with his work on Vincent and Frankenweenie.
Two sequels, one Saturday morning television series, and one Broadway show later, Pee-wee is still very much a part of the pop culture consciousness. Reubens—who is celebrating his 65th birthday today—helped us uncover 25 things you might not know about Pee-wee Herman. The voice came from a stage production that I was involved in.
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P ee-wee Herman is an ageless man-child. Paul Reubens is not. But even as he charged forward in working to revive the character, he knew that he would require some major technological assistance.
Fans will be relieved to know that the gray-suited perma-boy has not matured; that he still loves milkshakes, sweet rides and the flatulent sound of a slowly deflating balloon. When an unlikely friendship blooms and Pee-wee finally finds an occasion worth leaving Fairville, the story quickly becomes a road movie with some unfortunate wrong turns. The eccentrics are back here, the amusement less so.
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These classifications are true, for the most part, but they are also, as so many things are these days, complicated. Pee-wee, for all his human attributes, does not seem to engage in that most fundamental of human activities: aging. And he is a male who does not seem to be interested in that most fundamental of human preoccupations: sex. Here, you might think, is a perfect marriage of creators and subject matter: a film about an adult boy, created by people—the film was co-written by Reubens and Paul Rust, who, among other credits, was a writer for Arrested Development —who seem obsessed with the idea of, well, arrested development.
Word got out this morning that the long-awaited comeback movie for Paul Reubens AKA Pee-wee Herman was indeed happening and indeed coming to a television near you. The Judd Apatow-produced film will not be playing at a theater near you but rather on Netflix. The picture will start shooting early this year for an unknown release date.
The film was released on March 18,on Netflix. Pee-wee Herman is a resident of the small town of Fairville and works as a cook at Dan's Diner, where he is well liked by the locals and revered for his cooking. He meets and befriends actor Joe Manganiellowho convinces Pee-wee to leave Fairville for the first time in his life to travel to New York City and be a guest at Joe's birthday party.