Recently I watched a documentary called The Rock-afire Explosion. In a nutshell this is a documentary about those animatronic performers you used to see at Chuck E. Cheese’s when you were a kid. What you find out is that these machines were all created by a man named Aaron Fechter to be the central attraction at a restaurant called ‘Showbiz Pizza Place,’ which eventually became Chuck E. Cheese’s.
This documentary is in a lot of ways what epitomizes nostalgia. Childhood fans of The Rock-afire Explosion (now grown up) have dedicated their lives to accessing these robots and, in some cases, rebuilding the show in their own home and putting a modern spin on it seen here.
The film is a reflection of people living out their childhood dreams but it left me wondering if they were truly happy or just trapped in a nostalgic state. If you have the time, it is an interesting movie. Here is the trailer to give you a little more insight.