Gonna Meet & Greet The Aquabats tomorrow…

I can’t WAIT

socialmtg:

Gods of Theros joining in for the battle of the bands! Updating as the remainders choose their instruments.

The REAL Inspiration Behind the Hoo-Hoo Animatronic Band

tenaflyviper:

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:

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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-

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-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:

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The hillbilly bear animatronic was based on Billy Bob Brockali, who took up the right side stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:

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He is also the very obvious inspiration behind the unnerving “Bear-O” puppet that Mabel owns.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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So, to recap:

The animatronic band in “Soos and the Real Girl” was inspired by THESE guys:

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NOT by THESE guys:

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And the Five Nights at Freddy’s band was more than likely inspired by THESE guys:

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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!).

fuckyeahgravityfalls:

Been meaning to making a compilation post for a while. Here, have this screenshot instead. (x)

adrianhuerta:

Their break up was quite the bummer in college. I would’ve never thought, 6 years later, I’d get to see the duo live, let alone at my first Coachella. Now there’s a documentary that goes in depth through all of their departing mess coming full circle through a show in Austin where a riot ensued along with a horse getting punched. All the way to that sunset set in Indio, CA, 2011.  The cleverly named doc is available for viewing on Vimeo October 7th.

themysteryofgravityfalls:

Poor little porcine Neil deGrasse Tyson smart Waddles

timeswontchange:

This plate is the only thing which is allowed to tell me how to live my life..

timeswontchange:

This plate is the only thing which is allowed to tell me how to live my life..

awrrex:

gnarly:

the older I get, the more I understand squidwards anger

You either die a Spongebob, or live long enough to see yourself become a  Squidward.

officialnyteblayde:

whyd you leave the keys upon the mable