Showing posts with label Pee-Wee Big Adventure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pee-Wee Big Adventure. Show all posts

The Cabazon Dinosaurs

Monday, September 7, 2020

One of the things in the 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure that piqued my interest as a kid (and an adult) was the Cabazon Dinosaurs during the Large Marge scene.  They were never explicitly named in the movie, nor were they even mentioned, but they played an essential role in the film. 

They look quite different today then they did in the movie, but, thankfully, they are still standing.  The next time I'm out west, and if I ever make it to Palm Beach, I hope to be able to take the quick trip 13 miles west and see the Dinosaurs made famous by Pee-Wee Herman.

To wrap up my "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure turns 35" week here at YesterYear Retro, I figured why not delve a little deeper into these two great tourist traps!

The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a roadside attraction in Cabazon, California, just west of Palm Springs.  The two steel and concrete dinosaurs stand 65 feet tall (the Brontosaurus is 150 feet long!) and are visible from Interstate 10.

My Top 5 Favorite Scenes from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure!

Friday, September 4, 2020

I changed up my Pee-Wee's 35th Anniversary article for when it was posted over at The Retro Network (speaking of, go check out The Retro Network for so many great shots of nostalgia in both podcast and article form.)

I tend to cut stuff out of the articles there so they don't run as long as I do here, but since this is my blog, I figure I can say whatever it is that I need to get off my chest here.

So, long story (ha) short, I cut out the recap of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and replaced it with my Top 5 favorite scenes from the movie.

I thought it came off well there, so why not continue Pee-Wee's Big Adventure week with making that an article here?  So please, enjoy my Top 5 Favorite Scenes from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure!

Click on, dear reader!

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure turns 35!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Some of my earliest memories include Pee-Wee Herman.  My brother took piano lessons when I was really little, and on Saturday mornings after his class, my mother would take us to the video store (remember those, kids?) followed by the pet store just to wear us out and keep us occupied for a while.  At the video store, for the longest time, my brother and I wanted to rent nothing but Pee-Wee's Playhouse tapes.  I had all of the Pee-Wee figures and playset growing up, up until fairly recently too, but they were ruined in a flood in my parent's basement during Hurricane Irene.

Somehow after weeks of renting the Playhouse tapes, we found out there was a full-length movie, Pee Wee's Big Adventure!  I had to be around 5, which would make it 1989 or 1990, a few years after the initial release.  Clear as day, I remember my brother Matt and I both had bomber jackets on in the living room early one Sunday morning as the two of us sat watching the rented Pee Wee's Big Adventure before church.  It was either winter time and a little chilly in the house, or I just thought it was cool, or for all I know, the heat was out. Still, I distinctly remember wearing that bomber jacket because when Large Marge scared the crap out of me, I went running out into the kitchen where my parents were drinking their morning coffee, and I was wearing that coat.

If you're one of the long time readers here, you'll know I love any movie or tv show that involved traveling and road trips, and Pee-Wee' Big Adventure didn't disappoint.  I love everything about this movie.  It has always appealed to all of my senses... as weird as it sounds.  I can almost taste the gum and smell the dust in the magician's shop, and I can smell the popcorn, candy, and car exhaust at the drive-in at the end of the film.