Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special|
Actors: Frankie Avalon, Cher, Eadie Del Rubio, Elena Del Rubio, Milly Del Rubio
Director: Wayne Orr
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Join the whole Playhouse gang for one of the wackiest Christmas specials ever with laughs for the whole family and all the imagination and charm of Saturday morning's most outrageous TV series, which became a cultural mile... more »
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So Many Stars!
Bruce Aguilar | Hollywood, CA | 10/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This best thing about this Christmas DVD is that it makes me feel happy and like a kid again. How can you not enjoy seeing Little Richard continually falling while trying to ice skate? Annete Funicello with green teeth? Whoopie Goldberg begging for work? Dinah Shore giddily singing without realizing she is annoying everyone? Pee-Wee and a group of Marines in a dance number? The answer is you can't help but enjoy every minute of it. This special just oozes fun and camp. But the real incredible thing is that it's all about something positive - selfnessness. And this moral is never beaten over your head or made overly sappy. It's simply part of the whole.
Pop this DVD in and kids as well as adults will eventually stop what they are doing to watch the amazing antics. Afterwards everyone will be full of Christmas cheer be it December or the middle of July. This is truly a SPECIAL Christmas Special."
A holiday tradition in our household makes its DVD premiere
native main-ah | Sedgwick, ME United States | 12/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
From 1988 and broadcast just once, comes this gem from the mind of Paul Reubens. Released in 2004 along with the rest of the "Pee Wee's Playhouse" output, this stand alone special has been a yearly tradition in our household. Now we can retire our videotape for the DVD format.
The special features are limited, only two, and they are both commentaries. The first one features Paul Reubens, co-writer John Paragon (who also plays Jambi) and Lynne Marie Stewart who plays Miss Yvonne, the most beautiful lady in all of Playland. The second commentary features four of the puppeteers who certainly had a lot to do in the special. The insights and tidbits on both of these commentaries are a great bonus.
The show itself is fast paced and gives you a chance to visit with some old friends. Pee Wee's humor may not be for all, but if you enjoyed the series, you will certainly enjoy this special where holiday traditions are examined and lessons of the spirit of giving are learned.
The supporting cast includes members who have gone on to bigger things including Laurence Fishburne as Cowboy Curtis and S. Epatha Merkerson as Reba The Mail Lady (who is now a regular on NBC's "Law and Order" minus the dreadlocks). The guests include Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, Charo, The Del Rubio Triplets, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Whoopi Goldberg, Magic Johnson, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Little Richard, Joan Rivers, Dinah Shore and Oprah Winfrey. Stars, music, fun, a great package.
The transfer is fresh from the masters with Dolby Digital sound and is close-captioned. Highly recommended if you want to catch the Christmas spirit.
John Sloan | right there | 12/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's not typical TV jokes that make this video so funny. It's just how ridiculous the whole thing is. You don't have time to stop and think as Pee-Wee welcomes a bizarre array of guests from Magic Johnson to k.d. lang, as well as all the Playhouse regulars. Who knew Little Richard could skate? Why was someone mailing Grace Jones to the White House? (Ronald Reagan was celebrating his final Christmas in office when this came out.) Why is Frankie Avalon making Christmas cards with a potato? When Pee-Wee stops to point out the real meaning of Christmas, I was expecting a watered-down "time for giving and sharing" message, but he actually acknowledges the religious meaning. Talk about unexpected! So just forget about Pee-Wee's offscreen trouble, and enjoy the show."
Mmmmmmm!! CHRISTMASY!! HA HA!!
Felix the Black Cat | Madison, WI USA | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Christmas specials are usually so boring & formulaic, but not this one! It's as insanely & surreally hilarious as the Saturday morning TV show, but it also has a good message about selflessness (without being preachy about it), plus even acknowledging the celebration of Jesus' birth as the origin of Christmas! My favorite part is when Grace Jones (!!) sings "Little Drummer Boy" while at the playhouse (probably the strangest rendition of that song I've ever heard or seen!), when she was misdelivered there! (She was actually being mailed to the WHITE House -- I didn't know Reagan was into that kind of music!) Hilarious year-round viewing!!"