- Ass Pull: The shrunken cocktail weenies from Pee-wee's hot dog tree end up transforming all the grumpy townsfolk into children again so they can enjoy the circus. Mind that there's really no way Pee-wee could have known that they would de-age anyone who eats them, and yet his plan hinges on the weenies doing exactly that.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Benicio del Toro makes his film debut as Dog Faced Boy. Oddly enough, about twenty years later he would play the title role in The Wolfman (2010). Both films had music by Danny Elfman and were slammed by critics as being weaker retreads of earlier films.
- Retroactive Recognition:
YMMV / Big Top Pee-wee