Monday, January 22, 2007

Scream Real Loud!!

Since I don't stay up late enough to enjoy "Adult Swim", I have to rely on the magic of itunes to see one of my favorite shows ever. Pee-Wee's Playohuse of course! Say waht you want about him, his show in my opinion was one of the last really 'original' things to come out of the TV. I loved this show as a kid, and guess what, I still do. After not seeing it for almost 20 years, I am amazed that it is still able to entertain me. Also, there were a lot of things in i I was unaware of at the time.

Cap'n Carl= Phil Hartman. (I realized that when I started watching SNL in 1987 tho)
Cowboy Curtis= Lawrence Fishburne.

ok. Those 2 were easy.

In the 'Playhouse Gang' young "Opal" was played by Natasha Lyone.
The theme song was sung by Cyndi Lauper under the name 'Ellen Shaw'
The music in the opening and end credits was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (formerly of Devo, and lately Wes Anderson's 'Danny Elfman')
Music is also credited to Todd Rundgren
Writer/Director John Singleton (Boys N the Hood) was a security guard on the set of the show, and quite possibly the reason he put Fishburne in his film, thus giving his career a boost.
Rob Zombie was an uncredited production assistant for the show.
S. Epatha Merkerson (now on Law and Order) played 'Reba the mail Lady', but she has always been easy for me to spot. ;)

I highly recomend anyone who enjoyed this show to download it from itunes. If nothin' else, you'll save 10 bucks over buying the dvd's.


Becca said...

Pee Wee rocks! I love Pee Wee's Big Adventure too, there's so many great cameos including Cassandra Peterson in the biker bar. Quite cool.

"Paging Mr. Herman"

Scurvy said...

One of my favorite films ever. There are even cameos in big Adventure by the actor who played Jambi the Genie, and Miss Yvonne (mother superior on the film set)
Even Phil Hartman made a brief appearance.

Audra said...

Hey you know what is funny...I JUST put the movie on my blockbuster list a few days ago...and then to open you blog and find this!!! I think the kids are going to love it :)


Scurvy said...

Hey Audra. Glad to see you on here. :D

Dr. Zaius said...

I love Pee Wee! I did not know all of the stars that worked on the show. Great post!