It’s Christmas Special time again…
Thanks to the wonders of Netflix our household is currently being educated in the lovingly surreal ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’. The kids are loving it and I am a big fan. It’s a crazy, cool show, fronted brilliantly by the genius Paul Reubens as the loveable Pee Wee Herman. And as we are now in December the Christmas Special has just popped up to enjoy and so we did…
Made for the holiday season of 1988, the Christmas special is in the style of an American variety show in that loads of guest stars pop in and do a spot each. Let’s just say these are done to varying degrees!
Firstly though all the regulars of Pee Wee’s Playhouse are present, from Randy to Chairy in the the Playhouse and visits from Miss Yvonne to The King of Cartoons. Penny is present too as are the Dinosaurs and the Food that lives in the fridge. I’m aware at this stage that if you’ve never seen Pee Wee you may think I’m tripping. And if you have seen Pee Wee it’s a lot like tripping!
Right onto the celebrities… Let’s get the scariest ones out of the way first! Grace Jones singing ‘Little Drummer Boy’ Is something that I think will haunt me for a long time but not as much as the Del Rubio Triplets which is simply terrifying!! Who in the wardrobe department thought it kid-friendly let allow adult-friendly to let women of that age dress in those outfits. I can’t stop shuddering!!
The fun ones though include Cher, Whoopi Goldberg and my favourite Magic Johnson, he sleigh rides with Pee Wee but his best moment is where he informs us he is Cousins with Magic Screen!! Brilliant. Another cool one is Dinah Shore Who calls up Pee Wee on his Picturephone and proceeds to sing a rather extended version of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Bored of listening Pee Wee genius slips out of view and replaces himself with a mannequin wearing a mask of his face!
At the end of the special, the main man appears, Santa. Who informs Pee Wee that his list was so long that all his presents have taken up all the room on the sleigh, so no other children will get gifts this year. At first Pee Wee acts selfishly which is a brilliantly honest and child like reaction but then caves and tell Santa to share his presents with the boys and girls. And so the lesson is learned and the fun draws to a close with Pee Wee aboard Santa’s sleigh.
This special is special, it’s crazy, mad fun with a message of good cheer, it celebrates time with friends and their value. Pee Wee is such a cult classic and I love every minute of its insanity. Brilliant.