7/31/2007

Whatever happened to the Showbiz Pizza robots

I grew up in Lynchburg in the 80's, and one of the best things we had going for us was Showbiz Pizza. Pizza + videogames + animatronic figures = a great time for ten-year-old Sean Tubbs.

Flash forward however many years, and the place is out of business, and then I read this on Boing Boing. Some guy bought one of the sets, somewhere, and then reprogrammed them to perform new styles of music.



To me, this is absolutely hilarious.

3 comments:

Cathy said...

The Chuck-E-Cheese in Manassas still has the robots. My son, 5, ran out in terror. That may be why they've removed them :)

The video is hilarious.

Sean Tubbs said...

I thought so, too! I had not seen the words "Rockafire Explosion" since about 1985 or so, but, to see them in that context was awesome. Apparently, there are other videos involving Chuck-E-Cheese, but he doesn't resonate nearly as much with me.

Metal Misfit said...

I found those Youtube links a few days ago myself. Fun stuff, a big blast from the past and it was fun watching the characters and going "I remember that... and that too!"

BTW, Tubbs, I also grew up in Lynchburg, VA in the 80s. Sorry to hear Showbiz is gone from that location. Great times, man!

I haven't been into a Showbiz/Chuck E. Cheese since my Lynchburg days, but from what I hear, the Chuck E.'s aren't the greatest place to be (But I guess the experience varies depending on the franchisee).