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The Rock-afire Explosion (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2008 (USA)
A cult fan favorite documentary which explores the rise and fall of Showbiz Pizza Place, it's animatronic rock band, and the origins of Chuck E. Cheese's.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Thrash ...
Himself
Aaron Fechter ...
Himself
Travis Schafer ...
Himself
Mike Scherpenberg ...
Himself
Damon E. Breland ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Fechter ...
Herself (as Kerry)
Paul Teneyuca ...
Himself
Sandy Thrash ...
Herself
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"The Rock-afire Explosion" is the story of a small-town disc-jockey, a struggling inventor, and an animatronic rock band, that quickly becomes an eccentric portrait of childhood memories, broken dreams, and the resilience of the human spirit. Written by Bradford Thomason

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A rockumentary for the kid at heart.

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Filmmakers Brett Whitcomb and Bradford Thomason were heavily inspired by the raw, personal styles of films like Hands on a Hard Body and Dancing Outlaw while making this film. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Things Come From Nothing
Written by Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Dafydd Ieuan,
& Guto Pryce
Performed by Super Furry Animals
Published by Polygram Music Publishing
Courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
2005 XL Recordings
Under Exclusive License From Sony Entertainment (U.K) LTD.
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the film investigates the power of nostalgia and the artifacts of childhood
16 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Director Brett Whitcomb could have easily taken a condescending attitude toward Thrash and the other Rock-afire enthusiasts, but instead he presents the material in a nonjudgmental fashion that makes The Rock-afire Explosion surprisingly moving at times. Thrash's dream may seem silly or superficial to you or me, but that doesn't matter; it's his dream and he made it come true, and how many of us can say the same? In its own funny way, the film investigates the power of nostalgia and the artifacts of childhood, as well as the tangible and emotional wreckage that's left behind when a fleeting moment of pop culture has passed.

Posted by Scott Von Doviak (The Screengrab)


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