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A Rock-afire Explosion movie, hell yes

Since December when I first wrote about the Rock-afire Explosion, that post has been host to quite a conversation from Rock-afire fans and programmers alike. The post, a quick response to the fact that a video had been taken off YouTube, unveiled an incredibly interesting debate over animatronic copyrghts.

But more importantly, it led me to meet some of the biggest minds behind the Rock-afire. I started working on a magazine piece (will keep updated about the piece), leading me to travel to Florida in May to visit Creative Engineering head Aaron Fechter at his headquarters in downtown Orlando. Visiting at the same time were magnificent, meticulous amateur Rock-afire programmer Chris Thrash and a team of young documentary filmmakers in the midst of a film about Thrash and the Rock-afire.

If you don’t know, Thrash was the programmer of the infamous Ms New Booty video that got me hooked on the Rock-afire. But his other videos are programmed even better (I particularly like Pop Lock and Drop It).

Usher’s Love in the Club has over half a million views, making it the most popular, from what I can tell. That’s pretty impressive.

Anyway, to update on the last post (well, in short): Aaron is now programming pop songs along with Thrash. You can even bid on what song they program next. The bidding is a brialliant move, as I was beginning to wonder how they were going to make some money on this (keeping these things running can be expensive).

The more I have learned about this band, the more interesting their history and the stories of the people responsible for them become.

I wish Brett and company the best of luck finishing the film. I cannot wait to watch it.

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Booty Booty Booty Booty! Rock-Afire Explosion

I read an article in the Chicago Tribune in September that really got me interested in the animatronic band from Showbiz Pizza, The Rock-A-Fire Explosion. Apparently there is an underground trade of sorts of the different pieces of the band, and collectors will put up some fairly big bucks to get their collections closer to completion.

Even cooler than that, though, is that people are still programming shows for the washed-up band, the best by far being “Ms. New Booty” by Bubba Sparxxx.

However, Aaron Fechter, one of the original creators of the Rock-Afire Explosion (and voice of several of them) wants all videos of the characters run by him before being uploaded to video sharing sites. The Youtube video of Ms. New Booty has been made private. Fechter apparently wants to make sure the “family friendly” image of the band is maintained …

This video has gotten all around the Internet and has restarted interest in the RAE (as they call it in the Showbiz Pizza forums). Anyone who would care about these machines is older than 18 by now. Does Mr. Fechter really think kids now-a-days would seek out Rock-Afire Explosion videos?

Anyway, I say we need to free the Explosion. Make it all public. It can become a medium in it’s own (it already is).

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