Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) Poster


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The Pee Wee Herman Show (1981) (TV Movie)

Followed by 

Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) (TV Series)


It's a Gift (1923) (Short)
Pee-Wee's breakfast machine is borrowed from this short.
Bambi (1942)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The musical cue when Pee-wee parks and chains up his bike is very similar to a cue from Lady and the Tramp, when Lady is playing in the house.
The Gumby Show (1956) (TV Series)
There is a Gumby toy in Pee-wee's room.
Psycho (1960)
When Pee Wee discovers that his bike is missing, the background music is the same violin riff as was played in the famous shower scene in Psycho
Batman (1966) (TV Series)
Head (1968)
Both films have a mixture of genres.
Zeppelin (1971)
Zeppelin promoting "Zeppelin" seen in chase scene on Warner Bros. lot
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
When pee-wee walks into Mario's Magic Shop, there is an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet on the top shelf on the left
Grease (1978)
Quote "That's my name, don't wear it out".
Asteroids (1979) (Video Game)
This arcade game is found in the truck stop diner.
Scavenger Hunt (1979)
Pee-wee's knocking over the motorcycles outside the Apache Club is similar to what Richard Benjamin does outside Chez Death.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
When pee-wee walks into Mario's Magic Shop, there is an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet on the top shelf on the left
Movie Macabre (1981) (TV Series)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
When pee-wee walks into Mario's Magic Shop, there is an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet on the top shelf on the left
Krull (1983)
One of the actors Pee Wee asks for directions is wearing a suit of armor from this film
Hotel (1983) (TV Series)
Gremlins (1984)
In the beginning when Pee-wee is playing with his toy truck, at the foot of the bed is a Spike toy from Gremlins.

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Madonna/Simple Minds (1985) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update as Louie's Big Adventure
Saturday Night Live: Pee Wee Herman/Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band (1985) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Peewee Herman during his monologue
Faerie Tale Theatre: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986) (TV Episode)
In Tim Burton's episode of Faerie Tale Theatre (Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp), a hallway with checkerboard pattern and crooked doors appear often. The same hallway, or something very much like it, can be seen in a dream sequence in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (also directed by Burton).
Pee-wee's Playhouse: Luau for Two (1986) (TV Episode)
In one scene, Pee-wee covers his face with scotch tape, as he does as part of his morning routine in the movie
Pee-wee's Playhouse: Party! (1986) (TV Episode)
Ice Cube in fridge dances to the tequila song, in a bow tie and platform shoes
Athens, Ga. - Inside/Out (1987)
Advertised on a marquee.
Silver Spoons: Edward's Big Adventure (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Smurfs: Peewit's Unscrupulous Adventure (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Golden Girls: Rose's Big Adventure (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Beetlejuice (1988)
Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
Pee Wee repeats several lines from the first films
Moonwalker (1988)
Split (1989)
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: Kiwi's Big Adventure (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Murphy Brown: Miles' Big Adventure (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Pee-wee's Playhouse: Chairry Tee Drive (1989) (TV Episode)
pee-wee finds his platform shoes
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Holocaust (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Hey, it says 'basement to the Alamo.'"
The Freshman (1990)
Tiny Toon Adventures: Hollywood Plucky (1990) (TV Episode)
Pee Wee and his bike appear for a breif moment during Hamton's valet parking scenes.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: Paging Mr. Ator.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "I know you are, but what am I?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenagers from Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Paging Mr. Herman"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Paging Mr. Herman"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Warrior of the Lost World (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: "It's Large Marge!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: (as Pee-wee) "Mad dog!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: I know you are but what am I?
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) (TV Episode)
"This is Marge." Servo: She's large.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sinister Urge (1994) (TV Episode)
"Mad Dog!"
The Simpsons: Lisa on Ice (1994) (TV Episode)
Bart says, "I know you are, but what am I?"
The Simpsons: Lemon of Troy (1995) (TV Episode)
Bart says: "I know you are, but what am I?"
Mallrats (1995)
When Brodie and T.S. are coming down the stairs to Brodie's basement, T.S. hits is head on Brodie's ceiling like Pee Wee in the bar with the bikers.
Animaniacs: This Pun for Hire/Star Truck/Go Fish/Multiplication (1995) (TV Episode)
Wakko says, "I know you are, but what am I?"
Jumanji (1995)
Alan and Sarah say to each other I know you are but what am I? And in the same way that Pee-wee Herman and his rival Francis did.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1997) (TV Episode)
Tom (as Pee-wee): "I like you, Dottie - *like!*"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike says in a Pee Wee like voice "I ment to do that!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "And knitting, and knitting..."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Prince of Space (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Paging Mr. Herman
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice (1998) (TV Episode)
"Damn you, Pee Wee!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Final Justice (1999) (TV Episode)
"Paging Mr. Palarmo?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Paging Mr. Herman"
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Kung Fu Kenobi's Big Adventure (1999) (Short)
Music from the movie is played, and the title is spoofed.
Up Syndrome (2000)
Rene reenacts several scenes from this iconic 80's movie, most famously the trek to the Alamo.
Cats & Dogs (2001)
A character calls another character "Large Marge"
Lizzie McGuire: Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dummy (2002)
George Lopez: Max's Big Adventure (2002) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Simpsons: Large Marge (2002) (TV Episode)
The episode title is named after the "Large Marge" character
Head of State (2003)
Big Fish (2003)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) (Video Game)
Quentin Beck says, "I know you are, but what am I?"
A Look Into 'The Forbidden Zone' (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.3 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Up on the 'Big' Screen" category
Canis Canem Edit (2006) (Video Game)
When Jimmy gets onto a bike, the music sounds strangely like music from this movie.
What Was I Thinking? The Making of The Angry Video Game Nerd (2006) (Video)
A VHS tape of this movie was seen behind the Nerd clones.
The Blunt Diaries (2009) (Short)
Spinner is performing Pee-wee's "Tequila Dance" on the seven train.
Neighbor (2009)
Quotes the film.
Remembering Messiah of Evil (2009) (Video)
Editor Billy Weber recalls an anecdote about working with Tim Burton as an editor on this film
Nostalgia Critic: Ernest Saves Christmas (2009) (TV Episode)
"We then cut to Ernest's house that I swear he got on loan from Pee-wee's Big Adventure."
Shoot the Hero (2010)
Large Marge mentioned
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $7,500 question
Nostalgia Critic: Flubber (2010) (TV Episode)
Listed among the other films that have a breakfast serving machine similar to the one in Flubber.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.133 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $7,500 question
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.105 (2010) (TV Episode)
Pee-wee Herman's segment is titled "Pee-wee's Sturgis Adventure"
¿Qué fue de Jorge Sanz?: Edad Media (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced in conversation.
The Cleveland Show: Another Bad Thanksgiving (2010) (TV Episode)
"Pee-wee Adventure"
Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) (TV Episode)
Andy and Pee-wee dance to "Tequila" in the digital short.
80's Dan: Automan (2011) (TV Episode)
80's Dan claims that one of the people in the bar scene is the biker gang leader from "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."
Family Guy: Episode VI: It's a Trap (2011) (TV Episode)
Pee-Wee Herman and his bicycle appear a couple of times.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Bible Games III (2011) (TV Episode)
"Pee-wee Herman saved some snakes once, and he fainted."
Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Jack White (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by MacIntosh in the "Scared Straight!" segment
Nostalgia Critic: Jack (2012) (TV Episode)
Pee-Wee's dance is recalled when Robin Williams is playing basketball.
Jeopardy!: Episode #28.176 (2012) (TV Episode)
correct response in "'Big' Movie Quotes" category
Nostalgia Critic: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (2012) (TV Episode)
"All we need is for Pee-Wee Herman to turn on his goggle lights."
Nostalgia Critic: Total Recall (2012) (TV Episode)
"Oh, my god. He's turning into the truck driver from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure!"
Nostalgia Critic: The Worst Movies Nostalgia Critic's Reviewed (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a workable creative concept.
Atop the Fourth Wall: The Thing from Another World #2 (2012) (TV Episode)
Brad puts scotch tape around his face, similar to when Pee-Wee does it.
The Cinema Snob: Son of Sleepaway Camp (2012) (TV Episode)
"It's the son of Francis Buxton and Eric Cartman."
Brows Held High: Shortbus (2012) (TV Episode)
"In an overhead shot of Pee-Wee's Big Apple..."
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013)
mentioned during tour of backlot, with stills shown
The Cinema Snob: I Spit on Your Grave: Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob mentions it.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Target $20 Lamp Review (2013) (TV Episode)
"...and the Amazing Larry here..."
RuPaul's Drag Race: Reunited! (2013) (TV Episode)
Sharon Needles' gown is styled off of Pee-wee Herman's classic suit.
The Cinema Snob: The German Chainsaw Massacre (2013) (TV Episode)
"Looks like Pee-wee needs to add something else to his resume: loner, rebel, rapist."
The To Do List (2013)
Drunk in bed at the kegger, Brandy finds a Pee Wee doll. It utters the famous phrase: "I know you are, but what am I?".
Honest Trailers: Batman & Robin (2013) (TV Episode)
"Large Marge sent me"
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
The clown dream song is played, as well the dream sequence is parodied in the game.
Game of Pawns: Call Your Shot (2013) (TV Episode)
Bought a PeeWee doll from a PeeWee impersonator
How I Met Your Mother: How Your Mother Met Me (2014) (TV Episode)
The Mother mentions getting a replica of Pee-wee's Adventure bike for her birthday.
The Sugarcube Critic: Griffon the Brush-Off (2014) (TV Episode)
Nook says that Pinkie Pie sounds like the name of a poodle love interest for Speck.
Safety Dance (2014) (Video)
Someone is doing part of the dance that Pee Wee does in the biker bar
Nostalgia Critic: Alice in Wonderland (2014) (TV Episode)
The red and green dinosaurs appear in the background
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (2014) (TV Episode)
"You're a ghost trucker. Are you Large Marge?"
Bum Reviews: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) (TV Episode)
"The one who looked like a mix between Peter Dinklidge and Francis from"
The Cinema Snob: To Catch a Yeti (2014) (TV Episode)
"If he doesn't get the Yeti, he'll just ask for Pee-wee's bicycle."
James & Mike Mondays: NES Remix (2014) (TV Episode)
A poster of the movie is seen by Mike's TV.
Na plovárne: Danny Elfman (2014) (TV Episode)
Danny Elfman mentioned it.
Veep: Debate (2014) (TV Episode)
Doyle calls Jackson "Pee-Wee Sperman".
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (2014) (Video)
One character says their waitress looks like Large Marge from this film
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th, Part 3: 3D (2014) (TV Episode)
"At least after this, the bikers will have similar stories to exchange with the biker gang from"
Honest Trailers: Godzilla (2014) (2014) (TV Episode)
"I know you are, but what am I?"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jake Gyllenhaal/Paul Reubens/She & Him (2014) (TV Episode)
Jimmy and Paul Reubens talk about Reubens' movie
Parenthood: Too Big to Fail (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Super Mario Bros: This Ain't No Video Game (2014) (Video)
Still image shown
The Cinema Snob: Cruisin' 57 (2015) (TV Episode)
"I bet he's imagining the Pee Wee Herman dance in his head right now!"
Honest Trailers: Leprechaun (2015) (TV Episode)
"I know you are, but what am I?"
RuPaul's Drag Race: Countdown to the Crown (2015) (TV Episode)
Sharon Needles laughs like Pee-Wee Herman after using clear adhesive tape on her nose.
Sisters (2015)
"Paging Mr. Herman" in a movie which also has James Brolin in it.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Olivia Wilde/Paul Reubens/Joywave (2016) (TV Episode)
Paul Reubens talks about his earlier movie
TruInside: Groundlings (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster is shown

Featured in 

I Love the '80s: 1985 (2002) (TV Episode)
Wanderlust (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are featured.
Strictly Background (2007)
clip shown
Best! Movies! Ever!: Road Trips (2007) (TV Episode)
clips featured to illustrate the best road movies
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments (2007) (TV Episode)
Large Marge is at spot number 4.
20 to 1: Scene-Stealing Songs (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on the song Tequila.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Cop Out/The Crazies/A Prophet (2010) (TV Episode)
"Tim Burton in 3 Minutes or Less" segment.
Nostalgia Critic: Leprechaun (2010) (TV Episode)
A clip of Pee-Wee saying "Francis!" is shown.
The Hour: Episode #7.41 (2010) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during Tim Burton's bio segment.
The Nostalgia Teen: Buddy (2011) (TV Episode)
Audio clip of Pee-wee used.
Nostalgia Critic: Rad (2011) (TV Episode)
shot of Pee-Wee riding his bike inserted into chase scene
South Jersey Sam: Top 13 Best Foxes (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip used
Nostalgia Critic: Dunston Checks In (2012) (TV Episode)
The "paging Mr. Herman" scene is recalled.
Nostalgia Critic: Jack (2012) (TV Episode)
compares Jack's odd dance to Pee-wee's.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (2012) (TV Episode)
The Chiodo Brothers also did the effects for Large Marge
The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) (TV Episode)
Snob says Travolta's apartment was designed by Pee-wee Herman, then "Breakfast Machine" plays.
Nostalgia Critic: Monster Squad (2014) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Bloodworks: Critters, Killer Klowns & More with the Chiodo Bros (2014) (TV Episode)
Edward Chiodo remembers that Tim Burton had a very specific design for Large Marge over the scene from the movie.


Un Chien Andalou (1929) (Short)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Psycho (1960)
Dr. No (1962)
Goldfinger (1964)
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
Forbidden Zone (1980)
In Forbidden Zone, the Kipper Kids at one point appear with rubber bands around their heads and noses. Paul Reubens is a big fan of Forbidden Zone, and does the same thing (for a couple of seconds, in front of a mirror) in one of the opening scenes of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
Godzilla 1985 (1984)
On the Warner Studios Lot and when Francis is taking a bath.

Spoofed in 

Rated Sex (1986) (Video)
One of the movies reviewed in Rated Sex is entitled "Pee Pee's Big Adventure".
Star Tours (1987) (Short)
Rex (whose voice is done by Pee Wee Herman) says "I meant to do that"
UHF (1989)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob are chased around a movie set, much like Pee-Wee was. During some of the chase scenes, Pee-Wee like music can be heard.
Robot Chicken: Joint Point (2005) (TV Episode)
In one part of The Terror Drome, a COBRA member becomes the scary face of Large Marge.
Family Guy: 8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter (2005) (TV Episode)
Peter buys the breakfast machine from this movie and uses it to almost identical music.
The 420 Movie (2009)
Spin-Off Scene
Family Guy: Episode VI: It's a Trap (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the Scouttroopers during the Speeder Bike sequence steals Pee Wee's bike from the film.
Regular Show in Space: Do Me a Solid (2011) (TV Episode)
The movie Rigby and Mordecai take their dates to, "Fat Heat," spoofs the "paging Mr. Herman" scene from Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Pee-Wee's XXX Adventure: A Porn Parody (2012) (Video)
Adult parody.
Hookman 2 (2013)
Darby entering the bar/Large Marge speech
Tosh.0: Boomer the Dog (2014) (TV Episode)
Tosh turns into Large Marge
Keanu (2016)
Mock up parody of scenes from the movie are shown on a poster in the end credits.

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