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Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988)

Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate... See full summary »

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Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Carlson ... Clockey / Conky / Floory
Laurence Fishburne ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
Aaron Fletcher Aaron Fletcher ... Santa Claus
Ric Heitzman Ric Heitzman ... Cool Cat / Fish / Flower / Mr.Window
Suzanne Kent ... Mrs. Rene
William Marshall ... King Of Cartoons
George McGrath ... Cowntess / Fish / Flower / Globey
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Reba
Alison Mork Alison Mork ... Chairry / Chicky Baby / Magic Screen
John Paragon ... Jambi / Pterri
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Miss Yvonne (as Lynne Stewart)
Vic Trevino ... Ricardo
Wayne White ... Dirty Dog / Fish / Flower / Mr. Kite / Randy
Charlie Tickner Charlie Tickner ... Hans
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman
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Storyline

Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate, goes for a sleigh ride with Magic Johnson, commands Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello to make Christmas cards, receives a long phone call from Dinah Shore, even has more musical fun with k.d. lang, the Del Rubio Triplettes and Charo! Finally, Big Red arrives and announces that Pee-wee's Christmas list was so big, he didn't have enough presents for all the children of the world. Will Pee-wee follow his own advice and help others? Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Special See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As it tied into the Saturday morning show, Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), this originally aired during prime time, on a weekday. See more »

Quotes

Grace Jones: [Grace Jones, stepping out of a large wooden crate that she was "delivered" to the playhouse in, and giving Pee Wee a confused stare] You're not the president... you're Pee Wee Herman.
Reba: [Inspecting the wooden crate] This package was supposed to go to the White House, not the playhouse.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, Dinah Shore continues to sing "Twelve Days of Christmas" and after the credits, she asks where Pee-Wee has gone because the mannequin dressed as Pee-Wee does not respond. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Dradel, Dradel, Dradel
Performed by Mrs. Renae
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Campiest, Hippest Christmas Special EVER!
5 December 2002 | by melismatica67See all my reviews

Why isn't this available on video or DVD? Fortunately, I taped it when it aired one Christmas when my kids were toddlers. The date above says 1988 which surprises me because I was under the impression it only aired once. My youngest was born in '87 and I'm pretty certain she was older than 1 when we first saw it. The year I taped this, and every year since they have watched it over again, rewinding certain parts to see them played backwards. This was hilarious to them. The Christmas special has the same kitchy, glitzy sets and props of the Saturday morning show with all the regular characters as well as several great drop-ins. Some particular favorites of mine are k.d. lang performing a frenetic "Jingle Bell Rock" and Charo singing "Feliz Navidad". There is even a touching moment when Pee Wee explains the true meaning of Christmas with the aid of an old educational film of children performing a Nativity pageant. We just watched that original tape I made for the gazillionth time. My kids are now 15, 14, and 12 and they catch the sly camp humor that eluded them when they were younger. My copy is old and deteriorating. I can't believe this hasn't been released for purchace by now. Are people still so hung up on that minor picadillo that future audiences will be deprived of ever seeing this truly entertaining, good natured Christmas special? I surely hope not. I don't know how many more viewings my copy will endure.


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