that Tim Burton's best film is still his first, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985),
an adaptation for the big screen of the then-popular children's TV show
starring Paul Reubens - a kind of latter-day Harry Langdon - as the
simple-minded man-child of the title. The material touched something childlike
and magical in Burton's
imagination, inspiring in him a delight in the surreal and absurd that he has
not quite equaled since.