by Al Kessel
Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho!!
Ok, so I admit it. I'm a kid at heart. And yes...some would say at mind as well! But, I like Pee-wee Herman. I may not have been a CHILD when Pee-wee's Playhouse debuted in 1986, but I still watched it every Saturday morning. And LOVED it! I mean, what's not to love? Fun, lovable and at most times silly characters; cartoons; interesting plot situations; talking fish; talking chairs; talking windows; talking...well, you get the picture.
|Pee-wee and Miss Yvonne|
I've got to say, when we were asked to review Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series (actually, we only got seasons 1 and 2 so far), I JUMPED at the chance! Like I said earlier, I loved Pee-wee's Playhouse when it first ran on CBS (1986-1990), and was curious if I'd still feel the same way now that I'm (gulp) 50! I do. Yep. I most certainly do. Well, actually, that's not accurate. Add a great deal of nostalgia to that love. Our lives are in such a rush these days, so many frustrations, so many tragedies, so many sad things, that a show like this, even for just 23-25 minutes, helps you forget and just brings some silly joy in to your day!
AND....now you can enjoy this fun series in high-def! Whether reliving childhood memories or introducing this beloved series to a new generation, the newly re-mastered Pee-wee’s Playhouse will take you back to being a kid. Now you can actually SEE all the awesome details in the Playhouse like never before. Winner of an amazing 22 Emmy® Awards, Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a cultural touchstone for a generation, and its visually dynamic design and offbeat sense of humor were a genuine phenomenon. And if THAT'S not enough, TV Guide actually named Pee-wee's Playhouse #10 on their list of the Top 25 Cult Television Shows....EVER! EVER!!!
No matter what reason you watch/watched it, Pee-wee's Playhouse really is an educational, artistic and very entertaining show that teaches kids strong life lessons. With it's innovative production design and Paul Ruben's (Pee-wee Herman) rich original characters and humor, Pee-wee's Playhouse is a magical place that sparks creativity an imagination.
And, like many kids shows, Pee-wee's Playhouse launched a LOT of stars:
- Phil Hartman (Captain Carl)
- S. Epatha Merkerson (Reba The Mail Lady)
- Natasha Lyonne (Opal) - LONG before her gig on Orange Is The New Black!
- Jimmy Smits (Conky's Repairman)
- Sandra Bernhard (Rhonda the Picturephone Operator)
- Bernard Fox - Col. Crittendon from Hogan's Heroes (Dr. Jinga Janga)
- And.....Laurence Fishburne - Morpheus HIMSELF (Cowboy Curtis With The Jheri Curl Mullet!)
|OH MY! It's Morpheus!! Laurence Fishburne|
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set contains OVER 4 HOURS of brand-new interviews with the cast and crew, plus never-seen, behind-the-scenes footage—all part of TEN FEATURETTES, including:
- Building the Playhouse
- Opening the Playhouse
- Writing for the Playhouse
- The Look of the Playhouse
- Music of the Playhouse
- The Cast of the Playhouse
- Puppets of the Playhouse
- Animating the Playhouse
- A Very Merry Christmas Special
- Fans and Memorabilia of the Playhouse
|You know what to do when the Secret Word is said!!|