December 20, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B+

You want name guests? Pee-wee’s got ’em. This droll CBS special, spun off from Paul Reubens’ wickedly imaginative Saturday-morning show, is practically nothing but guests — and what a great, witty list it is. Magic Johnson meets Magic Screen. Cher stands near Chairy. Other pop-ins include Charo singing ”Feliz Navidad”in a red sequined minidress and matching Santa hat, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello being made to tend Pee-wee’s card list, Grace Jones done up like Tutankhamen singing ”Little Drummer Boy,”the UCLA men’s chorus posing as a military chorale — and the best bit of all, a couple of beefy construction workers (played by nobody famous) building a new Playhouse wing made entirely of fruitcakes. How gay-friendly can you get?

EXTRAS Two less-than-fabulous commentaries by Reubens and his collaborators that are mainly from the oooh-I-love-this-scene school.

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