Pee-Wee's Big Holiday
Musical Score By: Mark Mothersbaugh
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the Netflix presentation Pee-Wee's Big Holiday, Paul Reubens reprises his role as Pee-Wee Herman, a resident of Fairville and cook at Dana's Diner. In this film, Pee-Wee meets and befriends actor Joe Manganiello and is invited to go to New York to celebrate Joe's birthday. On the way, Pee-Wee gets his car stolen, becomes involved in a shotgun wedding, rides in a flying car, meets up with members of an Amish community and more.
The musical score of Pee-Wee's Big Holiday was created by Mark Mothersbaugh, an American composer also known for co-founding the new wave band Devo. Mothersbaugh became involved in composing music for television and film in the early 1980s and was the composer for the music found on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, the CBS children's television series developed from Paul Reuben's more adult based HBO series. Since then, Mothersbaugh has had great success in songwriting and composing. Composing credits include Sliders, Happy Gilmore, The Rugrats Movie, The Ringer, Fanboys, 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, Hotel Transylvania and more.
Pee-Wee Herman's theme is upbeat and positive, featuring strings and horns, and is found woven in throughout the entire soundtrack. Most of the album is lighthearted and comedic in nature, but there are some somber tracks like Up in Smoke and Joe Rescues Pee-Wee. The tracks are short and sweet orchestral fun, the exception being New York, a silly song performed by Pee-Wee Herman.
Not being a fan of Pee-Wee's adventures, I really couldn't say if the scoring in this film is in keeping with other segments of the Pee-Wee series. I can say that Mark Mothersbaugh has created a lighthearted, fun score most would associate with comedy of this nature. It's probably a great accompaniment for the visuals of the film, but I don't know if Pee-Wee's Big Holiday is an album that anyone would buy without first having seen the film.