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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.

Director:

Brett Whitcomb
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Thrash Chris Thrash ... Himself
Aaron Fechter Aaron Fechter ... Himself
Travis Schafer Travis Schafer ... Himself
Mike Scherpenberg Mike Scherpenberg ... Himself
Damon E. Breland Damon E. Breland ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Fechter Kerry Fechter ... Herself (as Kerry)
Paul Teneyuca Paul Teneyuca ... Himself
Sandy Thrash Sandy Thrash ... Herself
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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

A rockumentary for the kid at heart.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Carrollton, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Sunshine
Written by Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Dafydd Ieuan,
& Guto Pryce
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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the film investigates the power of nostalgia and the artifacts of childhood
16 February 2009 | by AMSharplessSee 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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