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The Rock-afire Explosion (2008)

 |  Documentary  |  2008 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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A documentary that explores a year in the lives of four kids from rural Texas as they raise animals to show at a local county fair.

Director: Brett Whitcomb
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Travis Schafer ...
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Mike Scherpenberg ...
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Damon E. Breland ...
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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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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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Hello Sunshine
Written by Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Dafydd Ieuan,
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Performed by Super Furry Animals
Published by Universal Music Publishing, LTD.
Courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
2003 Beggars Group U.S.A / XL Recordings
Under Exclusive License From Sony Entertainment (U.K) LTD.
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Can animatronic musicians give you chills?
5 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Rock-afire Explosion was an 80's hair band that played most often in Showbiz Pizza Place establishments. The band was fronted completely by animatronic musicians, including bears, a wolf and drunken bird.

Aaron Fechter was the creator of The Rock-afire band, but his first idea to change the world was a gas-saving car! He literally built a car from the ground up... and while it worked, money was an issue holding back production of the vehicle. Fechter toiled with inventions and ideas, before being commissioned to create something new - robotic animals.

Soon enough, Showbiz Pizza and The Rock-afire Explosion were a match made in heaven. Pizza and robots?! What else could one ask for out of a restaurant? Showbiz built a great reputation among families, and kids were drawn by not only "tokens for good grades", but most importantly, the multi-instrumental band that played for patrons, while still having time to crack jokes with one another. Inevitably, all good things come to an end, and this documentary is the story of what happens to the people that loved the franchise and band the most.

At the beginning of this film, I knew only of the wonderful modern online videos of the band, created by dedicated fans. These same people are featured here - namely Chris Thrash. Thrash has spent his life trying to get the band back together, and with the help of Fechter, he just might.

I didn't expect to be moved watching this, but when it comes to the story of this beloved family business, you cannot help but to be. Thrash is such a kind-hearted person, and the only thing he has ever wanted is to see the animal band back in action. Fechter, the creator and sole owner of the remaining sculpted band members, has spent his life focused on the product (even through the decline), but he's proud to have created something people still enjoy today. These characters are real people, and their stories are just as lovingly depicted as the robots that give the film its name. Hopefully thanks to this documentary we will see them for many more years to come.


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