A Documentary by Brett Whitcomb & Bradford Thomason


February 28th, 2010

In the early eighties, kids all over the US flocked to Showbiz Pizza for the rides, games, and the animatronic rock band, The Rock-afire Explosion. Created by 23-year-old computer prodigy, Aaron Fechter, The Rock-afire Explosion mesmerized many and scared some children and adults alike before being mysteriously pulled from showrooms and eventually replaced by the now popular Chuck-E-Cheese in the early nineties.

Nearly twenty years later, still profoundly affected by his experience at Showbiz Pizza, smal town disc-jokey Chris Thrash sought out Fechter and purchased a Rock-afire band of his own. After some clever programming on Chris’ part the band was once again performing for millions, this time on YouTube.

The Rock-afire Explosion reveals how Chris came to revive this fallen 80’s gem, explores his and a number of other fan’s obsessions with the animatronic band, and chronicles the rise and fall of Showbiz Pizza and the invention that was once a 20 million dollar per year venture for Fecther. A free-wheeling tour through our love of nostalgia, a compelling story of 80’s capitalism, and the eternal quest to stay young, THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION has something for everyone.

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