Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beauty is Embarrassing

You love Wayne White, you just don't realize.

 If you grew up in the 80's, Wayne White is the unsung hero of your child hood.  Lets start off with his biggest claim to fame, he designed most of the puppets on Pee-wee's Playhouse.  He even did the voice of Randy, Dirty Dog, and one of the flowers.  Even if he stopped there he would still have an incredible story to tell, but he didn't.  Beauty is Embarrassing is a documentary about his life and art.

Wayne did some live shows at Largo in Los Angeles where he told his story.  These shows are the backbone of the film, so you get the story of his life from Wayne White himself.  He discusses growing up in Tennessee, moving to New York which is where he landed the Pee-wee's Playhouse job.  After that he did music videos, animation, you name it, he did it. 

Wayne took a break from TV and started painting phrases over prints he found at thrift stores, they soon took off which led to a second career in gallery art shows.

What makes this film great is not just Wayne's story, it's Wayne himself.  He's hilarious, witty, and a truly gifted artist.  You really need to see this film, it's a truly inspiring story.

The film was released on DVD last month and has a bunch of great bonus features.  It has commentary, deleted scenes and Wayne's full one man show at Largo.  If you do not want to commit to buying the DVD you can watch the trailer and get a digital copy for only $9 here.

Do it, trust me!

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