The Adventures of Pete and Pete was an amazingly atypical show, with the most normal of appearance. Though Pete and Pete Wrigley did all of the typical kids stuff – got tortured by bullies, lived for summer vacation, struggled through shop class – they always managed to do it in the weirdest of ways. The show’s quirkiness, coupled with its incredible soundrack (Polaris, Lucious Jackson, Drop Nineteens, Nice, and the Apples in Stereo) and star power (Steve Buscemi, Janeane Garofalo, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, and Selma Blair) created for the perfect mix of child friendly entertainment that was of interest to teens and adults alike.
When it began in 1989, Pete & Pete was a series of one minute shorts that would air during commercials breaks of the regular programming on Nickelodeon, but it soon graduated to its own full episode time slot from 1993 to 1996. Created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, it showcased the outlandish lives of Pete and Pete in their hometown of Wellsville (which is much like the Simpsons’ Springfield in its bland typicality and non-existence).
Big Pete Wrigley (Mike Maronna) is the shows narrator and the brother often portrayed as having difficulty dealing with growing up. His best friend is Ellen (Alison Fanelli); they have been friends forever, but kind of border on being more as happens when you become teenagers. Pete’s brother, Little Pete (Dan Tamberelli), is a total weirdo troublemaker, often shown going against the norm and fighting to keep his older Pete from growing up. Artie is Little Pete’s personal superhero a.k.a the Strongest Man in the World, and his friend/protector. Dad Don Wrigley (Hardy Rawls) is a family man obsessed with his lawn and competitive driving, and his wife Joyce Wrigley (Judy Grafe) has her own quirks including a metal plate in her head.
The Adventure of Pete and Pete is just rad. And lucky us, the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is having a tribute to the show on November 19th with cast and crew!