Contrary to what many people may be thinking, the animatronic band featured in this week’s episode (“Soos and the Real Girl”) is NOT a nod to the popular indie PC horror game, Five Nights at Freddy’s.
The episode would have already been written and at least recorded before season one of Gravity Falls even finished airing on television, and thus long before Five Nights at Freddy’s came onto the internet scene.
The theme of children’s restaurant animatronics gone bad has been a trope for quite a while (remember Chubby Cheese’s from Dexter’s Laboratory? Or Bloaty’s Pizza Hog? The Capicola Gang?), and was first inspired by the most notable animatronic animal band, The Rock-afire Explosion. It was the first to feature life-size characters, and was created by an inventor named Aaron Fechter.
Long before Chuck E. Cheese’s merged and took over, absorbed, and renamed all restaurants, the popular destination for kids having birthday parties was known as Showbiz Pizza. Fechter and his company, Creative Engineering Inc., created and operated in-house animatronic bands for various Showbiz Pizza outlets, beginning in 1980.
The Rock-afire Explosion was comprised of three stages:
The stage to the left is that of the character of Rolfe deWolfe, and his puppet, Earl Schemerle. They performed before, and between, each stage show. This was likely part of the inspiration for the badger character from tonight’s episode-
-which was then combined with the way Chuck E. Cheese’s redesigned their “Chuck E." mascot to be more appealing to the target demographic of children in the mid 1990’s:
The hillbilly bear animatronic was based on Billy Bob Brockali, who took up the right side stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:
He is also the very obvious inspiration behind the unnerving “Bear-O” puppet that Mabel owns.
The female robot possessed by Giffany was inspired by Mitzi Mozzarella, who was the lone female animatronic in the center stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:
The large-clawed rats wearing stumps are not a nod to the surprise “Foxy” character in Five Nights at Freddy’s, but are instead inspired by baby Choo-Choo the bear, who was part of the center stage diorama, and would dance along to the songs:
Beginning in 1990, all Showbiz Pizza locations were converted into Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants after the unification of both companies. This was due in smaller part to the North American Video Game Crash of 1983, but mostly because both venues were seeing a dramatic decrease in profits: Particularly on Showbiz Pizza’s behalf, as they opened far more restaurants than the company could afford to maintain.
After the unification, the Rock-afire Explosion characters were retired, and the animatronics were redressed as the Chuck E. Cheese band, Munch’s Make Believe Band (which were greatly lacking in build quality, as well as overall character). With their larger, circular eyes, less-complicated construction/operation, and more lifeless expressions, it is far more likely that the Five Nights at Freddy’s characters were based on the newer Chuck E. Cheese band than the original Rock-afire Explosion.
So, to recap:
The animatronic band in “Soos and the Real Girl” was inspired by THESE guys:
NOT by THESE guys:
And the Five Nights at Freddy’s band was more than likely inspired by THESE guys:
EDIT: For anyone that wishes to know more about the history behind the Rock-afire Explosion, the 2008 documentary, The Rock-afire Explosion, can be viewed for free on Hulu (many thanks to iammister86 for pointing this out!).
Biohazard 3: Last Escape Official Guidebook - Fulfillment Of Her Escape
This post is part 2 of 2. This is the tribute/special look section contained within the guide that shows off previous Biohazard title’s protagonists and monsters. Part one is an overview of what the guide has to offer.
My thoughts on EQG Rainbow Rocks since I just watched the leak
Obviously there’s spoilers under the break..
For those interested, the website is
yeah this isn’t going to go anywhere
To be honest, I agree with Bela. I highly doubt seeing this get made. In addition to too high standards to join the crew, this project really doesn’t need to be made. If anything, it will most likely get C&D’ed. MLAATR isn’t relevant, hasn’t been in years. This is all talk and nothing else.
Art I did for a guy’s song cover.
In June of 1972, a woman appeared in Cedar Senai hospital in nothing but a white, blood-covered gown. Now this, in itself, should not be too surprising as people often have accidents nearby and come to the nearest hospital for medical attention, but there were two things that caused people who saw her to vomit and flee in terror.
The first being that she wasn’t exactly human. she resembled something close to a mannequin, but had the dexterity and fluidity of a normal human being. Her face, was as flawless as a mannequins, devoid of eyebrows and smeared in make-up.
There was a kitten clamped in her jaws so unnaturally tight that no teeth could be seen, and the blood was still squirting out over her gown and onto the floor. She then pulled it out of her mouth, tossed it aside and collapsed.
From the moment she stepped through the entrance to when she was taken to a hospital room and cleaned up before being prepped for sedation, she was completely calm, expressionless and motionless. The doctors thought it best to restrain her until the authorities could arrive and she did not protest. They were unable to get any kind of response from her and most staff members felt too uncomfortable to look directly at her for more than a few seconds.
But the second the staff tried to sedate her, she fought back with extreme force. Two members of staff had to hold her down as her body rose up on the bed with that same, blank expression.
She turned her emotionless eyes towards the male doctor and did something unusual. She smiled.
As she did, the female doctor screamed and let go out of shock. In the woman’s mouth were not human teeth, but long, sharp spikes. Too long for her mouth to close fully without causing any damage…
The male doctor stared back at her for a moment before asking “What in the hell are you?”
She cracked her neck down to her shoulder to observe him, still smiling.
There was a long pause, the security had been alerted and could be heard coming down the hallway.
As he heard them approach, she darted forward, sinking her teeth into the front of his throat, ripping out his jugular and letting him fall to the floor, gasping for air as he choked on his own blood.
She stood up and leaned over him, her face coming dangerously close to his as the life faded from his eyes.
She leaned closer and whispered in his ear.
The doctor’s eyes filled with fear as he watched her calmly walk away to greet the security men. His last ever sight would be watching her feast on them one by one.
The female doctor who survived the incident named her “The Expressionless”.
There was never a sighting of her again.