The first production still from Pee-Wee Herman‘s new Netflix movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday has hit the Internet and it makes all those Pee Wee promises we were expecting. There’s no release date yet, but Paul Reubens is sure to keep us up to date on whats happening on set as production chugs along.


Here’s the still that Reubens posted to his blog:


You might be asking yourself what Pee-Wee promises are made in this seemingly normal and unspectacular production still. There’s no big action scene, that truck in the background isn’t chasing them in a huge French Connection style car chase. It’s just Pee-Wee, sitting serenely in the front seat being driven somewhere, but look closer. Do you notice how quirky this really is? His head is cocked to one side, that impish grin is just starting to form at the corners of his mouth, the car’s burgundy trimmed interior. It all screams Pee-Wee in the most silent way possible.

Entertainment Weekly recently talked with Ruebens about the new Pee-Wee movie. The first question asked about all the time it took from when he first teased the movie idea to the official announcement:

We’ve been writing it for five years almost, on and off. It was just announced, but the offer from Netflix came a year ago. It took a really long time to get from there to where we are now. I went on Jimmy Fallon before Halloween—the announcement was going to be made on his show—and at the last minute they weren’t ready. I just thought people had stopped believing me when I told them it was happening. Now people are like, “Oh my god, you weren’t a liar!”

When asked what the movie was about Ruebens said:

It’s a road-trip movie across the country. It’s very similar in style and tone to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. But it’s not about a bicycle. I never really thought of Big Adventure as a family movie, but I didn’t try to make an adult movie or a kid movie. We wanted to make something that appealed to a wide age range, and I think that’s the case with this movie also.

When Entertainment Weekly commented on 2015 being the 30th anniversary of the character Reubens has this to say:

I don’t think it’s real different. But it can’t be the same because nothing’s the same. I’m older—physically, mentally. But I want to rise to the occasion. I don’t want it to be a movie where people go and say, “Wow, should he have made this movie?” I haven’t put the suit on other than for costume fittings, but that’s been the amazing thing about Pee-wee Herman over all the years, even right from the get-go when I first did it: It’s just something that’s inside me somewhere, and I’ve always been able to switch it on and switch it off. So it feels the same way to me in that respect. I put that suit on, I make a certain face and get in a certain mind frame, and there he is.

When asked about the Pee-Wee legacy Ruebens said:

It’s been really really gratifying and exciting, and it’s kept me going. The kid’s show went back on the air on Netflix right before Christmas. I did not realize the show being on Netflix would be like being back on television. Every day I get hundreds of notes from people on Facebook and Twitter, all over the place, “My 3-year-old, my 4-year-old…” and that’s super exciting to think that kids are going to see it now who didn’t know about it before.

There’s no telling how well this Netflix movie will do when compared to a regular theater box office release. Netflix is notorious for being coy when it comes to viewing figures and actual profits from individual shows. I’m sure it will garner a lot of views from current Netflix subscribers, but will it attract new subscribers?

What do you think?

Via: Entertainment Weekly

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