This post was brought to you by Shout Factory who provided a media sample to facilitate my review.
It was 1986. I was a Long Island girl with important things on my mind, like Duran Duran, purple eyeshadow and Stiff Stuff hairspray. Looming overheard? A move to Central Pennsylvania right before the start of my freshman year of high school. Scary stuff.
Thirteen is a weird age somewhere between little kid and little grown-up, which is pretty evident by what I remember from that year: a major crush on a boy, getting those oh-so-adult second holes in my ears, and the premiere of what was to become one of my favorite TV shows – Pee-wee’s Playhouse!
Pee-wee’s Playhouse was my Saturday morning go-to, along with a Pop-tart and lots of chocolate milk. It’s a total pop culture cult classic, and was even back then, launching the careers of actors like Laurence Fishburne and S. Epatha Merkerson (and winning 15 Emmy awards!)
I can’t believe it’s been so many years since I grabbed a Kudos bar and watched Pee-wee connect the dots, play with his toys and answer the door to his many kooky friends, so you know I was on board with Shout Factory to help promote the newly remastered complete DVD set.
Experience Pee-wee’s Playhouse like never before! All 45 wacky episodes, plus the Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, have been meticulously remastered from the original film elements — and now you can see this ground-breaking series for the first time in fantastic high-definition! There’s lots of bonus content, too.
Also available to own on the same day is Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Seasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set, which is what my kids and I have been watching. I wasn’t sure if they’d think it was just plain weird, but they loved it right from the first episode! The first thing my son said was, “Look Mommy! The chair has a face!” All I could do was smile and think, Oh, buddy, you just wait…
My own personal favorites? Floory, Jambi and the Dinosaur Family. And I love love love the theme song! They just don’t make ’em like that anymore. (Rumor has it Cyndi Lauper was the voice behind it!)
Here’s another little clip to jog your memory…