Big Top Pee-wee again demonstrates that Peewee Herman is one very strange screen personality; he previously scored with his 1985 feature debut, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
Surrounded by animals as strange as himself, Herman pursues a career in agricultural extravagance with the help of his goggled talking pig Vincent (amusingly voiced by Wayne White). Together, they grow outsized vegetables and a hot dog tree while wanly romancing pretty Penelope Ann Miller.
A storm brings a broken-down circus to Herman’s farm, adding a menagerie of freakish animals and people to his already curious collection. Kris Kristofferson oversees the visitors and keeps them rallied with hearty circus sayings, along with explanations of how he came to marry his miniature wife (Susan Tyrrell) whom he carries around in his pocket.
Very little of this is interesting or amusing on paper, which must have been a real challenge to director Randal Kleiser, who ably keeps all the surrounding players in tune to whatever it is that Herman’s up to at any given moment.