10 Things We Learned From The Pee-wee’s Playhouse Blu-ray

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If you were a kid in the ‘80s, then you probably woke up early on Saturday mornings not to watch cartoons, but to watch “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” The title character played by Paul Reubens, star of his own movie Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, got a weekly children’s series based on his stage act. “The Pee-wee Herman Show” was actually a spoof of kids shows performed for adults, but he gave kids the real deal every Saturday. It was a weird and surreal show, and let’s be honest, it was probably enjoyed as much by adults with herbal assistance too.

Shout! Factory has released a Blu-ray of the entire five season run of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” The Blu-ray is restored from the original film elements and it is just as effective as the work done on “Star Trek.” The playhouse is a revelation in high definition, full of handcrafted detail in all the characters, bright vivid colors and an intimate look at Pee-wee’s makeup in all those extreme closeups Reubens liked to do.

The Blu-ray set also features extensive bonus features interviewing all the key players in developing the show. Only Reubens himself is absent, perhaps because he felt appearing as Paul Reubens might ruin the illusion for kids? But they even got Laurence Fishburne! Revisiting the show and watching those extras, we learned a lot about one of  our favorite old shows (which still holds up today).

Here are the highlights of the revelations in the “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” Blu-ray.