Wayne White and his puppets are full of Beauty.
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING (Neil Berkeley). 91 minutes. Opens Friday (September 28). See listings. Rating: NNNN
His name may be unfamiliar, but his work resonates with culture vultures. Animator, puppet maker and pop art mischief-maker Wayne White made videos for Peter Gabriel and the Smashing Pumpkins before winning Emmy Awards for his work on Pee-wee's Playhouse. Then he went to Hollywood and lost it.
His story - featuring interviews with his brilliant artist wife, Mimi Pond, Simpsons guy Matt Groening and Paul Reubens, plus tons of White's exuberant creations - makes for an intriguing cautionary tale.
It's visually arresting, too. White's spectacular work - especially his gigantic puppets - is pure eye candy. And the artist himself, who via word paintings finally found a practice that gives him serious art cred, is fascinating.
You'll dig the insider's view of Pee-wee's Playhouse. You'd never guess that the show was made in a tiny space, often by the seat of everyone's pants.