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After watching the animatronic animals at Chuck E. Cheese, Carlo heads to Orlando to meet the members of the original ShowBiz Pizza band.

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- [Carlo Voiceover] Chuck E Cheese, I have heard rumors of an animal rock band that played songs about pizza. It was time to investigate. Where a kid can be a kid? My name is Carlo. I came to America to play progressive rock. And photograph beautiful people. But my real obsession is, pizza, and its many mysteries. My mission: To understand the strange power it holds over me and so many others. Join me as I discover, All The Pizza. Mother , , , son of a bitch. Stupid, stupid. Of course you need a kid, it's the best place on Earth. Hey. Hey. - Carlo, how you doing? - [Carlo] Good. Hmm, do you know Chuck E Cheese? - I do know Chuck E Cheese. - Do you know there's a band of robots that play while you eat pizza there? - Yes. - Do you know that you can only go with a child? You think Scout would like to go to Chuck E Cheese. - I wanna go. - [Dad] You wanna go Chuck E Cheese? - Yeah, let's do it. Thank you, I'll see you in a bit. Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it. Oh my God, Chuck E Cheese. - [Girl] I must win this. - Oh. - Ah, how'd you know? - You're right there. - Ah, what am I doing? - Whoa. Ah. - Chuck E Cheese. - [Girl] Oh I got one. - [Carlo] Oh my God, yes. This is awesome, oh my God. - We did it. - Whoa, let me out, let me out. ♪Let it go ♪ ♪ Let it go ♪ - Can you please stop singing that song? - Why, you don't like it? - I don't like it at all. - We got a lot of tickets, Scout what you wanna get? Magic Jinn food, whoa. Can I have the Chuck E Cheese ears? - Yay, eyeshadow, eyeshadow, ooh. ♪ Let it go ♪ - Stop. - Oh my God. - I'll try to carry all this stuff. - Thank you. - [Girl] Thank you. - Okay, pizza, pizza, pizza. - [Girl] Pizza, pizza, pizza. - [Carlo] Very nice, no salads? - No salad, I'm not a salad person. - This one? - Yeah, that's fine. - I'll get cheese too. - Meatball pizza. - Meatball spaghetti, oh my God. - I know right? - What. - [Girl] What. - What's the last thing there? Oh my God. - It's like a dessert. - This is dessert pizza. Should we get it now? Yes, right? - [Girl] Yeah. - Oh my God. - What is that? - Crazy, that's amazing. - I've never been anywhere just like this. - I know me neither, this is crazy. I think we should play with them after this. - Ha, totally. - This is like games, fun, pizza. - Dessert pizza. - This is incredible. I'm gonna have my birthday here. Scout is there anything better than pizza and music together at the same time and place? - I just real, not really. - Have you ever had spaghetti meatball pizza before right now? - Never. - Me neither, I'm gonna have it again. - Like my two favorite things combined. - Right? I love it. Spaghetti meatball pizza is genius. - Right. - This is delicious. This is the best part about today. - Right? - How happy are you when you eat pizza? - Like so happy, I just want to eat like 10 slices of it. - But you can't, I'm going to. - Probably. - Mm, this one is incredible. The Hawaiian pizza with pineapple, you like that? - Sometimes without the ham and stuff, you just like make it with pineapple I will totally eat it. - Are you ready for dessert pizza? You wanna try that? - Yeah. - Okay, dessert pizza. - Three, two, one. - Oh my God. - Okay this is even better than the spaghetti meatball pizza. Do you play music? - Well I like to sing a lot but I also play guitar. - Whoa. - I play ukulele, I play flute and I play a little bit of piano. - You play everything in that band. You know what? I would love to play with the Chuck E Cheese band. - Really? - They look like they need like a couple of band members. - [Girl] Yeah. - Right? They don't have a lead singer, that could be you. Chuck E Cheese, Chuck E Cheese, Chuck E Cheese, Chuck E Chuck E Cheese. - [Dad] Hey did you have fun sweetie? - It was fantastic, the band is amazing. - Okay Carlo. - It's amazing. - Okay. - Okay. - Hey Carlo. - Yes? - If you wanna see a real band you gotta check out ShowBiz Pizza. - ShowBiz Pizza? - ShowBiz Pizza. - Huh, ShowBiz Pizza. Okay, well thank you. - [Carlo Voiceover] ShowBiz Pizza? What was it? I couldn't get those words out of my head. It was time to dive into the dark web. No one was prepared for what I discovered. The Rock-afire Explosion, the first animatronic pizza band. I had to uncover the mystery of this mysterious explosion. But where were they now? Mitzi Mozzarella? Fatz Geronimo? Billy Bob Broccoli? Beach Bear? Rolfe? And my favorite, Dook LaRue? At one time, ShowBiz Pizza Parlor spread all over the American south. Bringing laughter, pizza and animal rock to children of all ages. But then something went terribly wrong. The history of ShowBiz and Chuck E Cheese was the stuff of great legend, long, so red, and impossible to untangle. And who was, Aaron Fechter? A former Wunderkind who invented Whac-A-Mole, when he was just 22. In 1975, he established Creative Engineering, a secretive organization dedicated to manufacturing the most advanced robotic technologies. Merging pizza and music like never before. Where was this reclusive genius now? What did it all mean? What did he have to do with pizza? So much promise. So much music. Where did it all go wrong? I knew what I had to do. The answer's, like so many things, were in Orlando, Florida. America's heartland. Hello I'd like to book a ticket to Orlando. Yes in Florida. Thank you. Not to brave then. Hello? Aaron? Whoa, is this a, wait, so did somebody did that? Or like a machine did that? That's bizarre. - [Aaron] Who's there? - It's Carl, my name is Carlo. How are you doing? - [Aaron] Carlo? - Is that Aaron? - [Aaron] Yeah, what do you want? - Uh, uh I traveled from Los Angeles, I'm from Italy, but I came from Los Angeles to kinda see this place, and see what's going on and if I can ask you a few questions. - [Aaron] You should've called. - You didn't call? I know sorry. How you doing man? - Carlo. - Carlo. - Carlo I don't have an appointment with you, I'm sorry. - Okay, I mean I traveled from very far. Can I ask you a few questions? - How come you traveled a long way without calling me to tell me you are coming? You don't know I'd be here. - That's a very good point actually. We'll have pizza together. I know you're a fan of pizza. - I like pizza. - My goal was to see the born place where pizza, music, get combined together the best way possible. That's why I'm like I'm here. - If you only knew how many times I hear this. You know and people come here and waste my time and you know for a slice of pizza, I don't think so. But you know. - It's more than a slice. It's all the pizza. - Carlo, what is that? - It's a guitar, because I was hoping that maybe if it's, in my dreams to just maybe play with the guys. - Okay, 30 minutes, okay? - Absolutely, thank you. Oh wow you have an albino doberman? - [Aaron] Yeah, Athena. - Athena, the Goddess of War. - She can be very protective. - Hey, hey, wanna lay? Lay down, lay down. - [Aaron] Wow, congratulations that was very good. - Thank you. - Anybody that's friends with Athena is a friend of mine. Why don't you put your guitar down and I'll show you around. - [Carlo] So this is where you make all the robots? This is your shop that all of them were created originally? - Yes, so you probably already know this is The Wolf Pack 5, the predecessor of The Rock-afire Explosion. - This is amazing, they look brand new. - This is actually a new mask, and the rest of the character is original. And this is an original mask, this mask here is about 40 years old. - [Carlo] This is amazing. - That's the original Fatz, and of course Little Queenie, we're turning her back into a fox. You know when we started ShowBiz Pizza Place we had to turn her into a mouse to appease one of the executives. Yeah, never mind the. - Yes she needs some clothing. I know, it's some people with magic markers. - [Carlo] It's inappropriate now we should. - Yeah we should not give her some - [Carlo] Give her some, some time. - So these guys became The Rock-afire Explosion along with some characters out of The Hard Luck Bears. - You know the posters when the minds of the character opens and these like ideas pop out? These are the ideas that pop out of the brain. - [Aaron] Well there are hundreds of people that helped me create The Rock-afire Explosion. A lot of artists, engineers, mechanics, seamstresses, so really I was the figure head that took all the credit for it but I had a lot of great talented people who helped me create The Rock-afire. These guys here are on dollies, because I take 'em out on the road. - [Carlo] Oh wow. - And we played with Cee Lo Green for seven weeks. - That's crazy. - You know on stage so The Rock-afire was their backup band. - [Carlo] Oh my God. - [Aaron] These guys are known as The Moonrockers, created them in 1985. You could see the damage in the back, that was caused by an explosion that I had in my building a couple years ago. - Oh wow. - Did you hear about that? - No. - Oh I'll have to show you that. This is the bottle that blew up. - [Carlo] Oh wow. - See, I'm interested not just in animatronics but also in energy research. And I was storing a gas that I'm making in this bottle and it got away. - What was the gas inside? - Well the gas is something we call hydrillium. Hydrogen, oxygen and carbon, and it's a new kind of gas that has a very clean burning property. You can actually breathe the exhaust from an engine. - Wow. - So I'm still experimenting with it. - What are you building on? What are we building with that gas, if you don't mind me asking. - Well, eventually I'd like to help America become oil independent. - That's beautiful. - So to do all of this I need money. So I'm working on a new game, which I hope will make the money that I need. On the Whac-A-Mole game I'm really sorry, that we were beating up on poor little defenseless mammals. Okay, we're not doing that anymore. Now we're gonna beat up on cockroaches, who deserve it. - [Carlo] Oh my God, yeah. A mistake of evolution. - Yeah, it is. And you know, there gonna live through the nuclear. - Yeah they're definitely gonna be on this planet. - [Aaron] So this - [Carlo] There the aliens of this planet. - And this is especially alien cockroach. It's the post apocalyptic sado-masochistic, driving you ballistic cockroach. Here it is, and you press the button and it causes the flip flop to go down and kill the roach. You know this is kinda unusual. I don't know people find this unusual, is that all the code that runs the Bashy Bug game is programmed on Apple IIe computer. - [Carlo] This is amazing. - And just like the Whac-A-Mole game became a part of American culture. Bashy Bug could also become part of American numb inclature. You are the Bashy Bug and that big flip flop in the sky could come down and take you out. - That's why I eat pizza everyday. So I enjoy life everyday and. - You do, you need to stop for a pizza and smell the pepperoni's. - Exactly, that's my way of smelling roses, is eating pizza. - Okay now we're gonna go down the spiral staircase so watch your step, okay? - [Carlo] Absolutely. - Don't put your hands in anything because we found some brown recluse spiders in boxes like this. - Oh wow, okay. Those are the spiders that make your skin necrosis, right? - [Aaron] Yeah. All right. This is Uncle Klunk, he was one of the characters at ShowBiz Pizza Place. He was actually a talk show host. Unfortunately, the executives of ShowBiz Pizza Place didn't like the way he looked when his mouth was shut. We tried to re-sculpt his nose and chin assembly a few times but they still, that's all they saW. And I'm not gonna tell ya what it is if you don't see it. - [Carlo] Yeah, I can. It's not that obvious. - [Aaron] So everything that we make out of rubber was made in here. And with plaster molds like these. - [Carlo] Oh the inside of that has the shape? - [Aaron] Yes, and as you can see the molds are all over the place for The Rock-afire Explosion all the pieces are down here. And here's for example, here's a Fatz mold. - [Carlo] Oh my God, yes. The gorilla that plays the piano. This should be open to public, as a museum. And you should have like a Fatz like a scary thing. - How do you know I don't? - I actually don't, you're right. That's creepy, who's that? - That is the creepy clown, a lot of stuff we see around here is just stuff that I built you know, hoping that somebody would buy it. So I mean there's a lot of stuff, there's second generation Mitzi, and she has lot sexier moves you know than the old fashioned Mitzi. - She looks like she got a. - She does she got some hip. - [Carlo] A lot of mechanism around the pelvis area. - I tell you, let's take a look at the second generation Dook, he's right around the corner. - [Carlo] Oh my God, yes, yes, yes, yes. - This holds our second generation Dook drummers. One of the dreams is that we would've continued progressing the animatronic technology to the point that the characters could actually play their own instruments. And he has all of the movements in his arms. - So he's gonna actually play the drum? - Yes, to play a full set of drums. I affectionately call these my failures. - I recognize most of these people. This is a suicidal Santa Claus. - That's right, Santa, very good. Over here you'll see The Wizard of Oz. Now, there were characters that we created on spec. See speculation that someone would buy them. - Just be patient pretty much. - Be patient, sooner of later somebody's gonna want the darn things. - Yeah, yeah, absolutely, you know. - Okay look at this. - Oh wow, wow, wow, I remember this, this is the car that runs on. - It actually ran on gasoline, but it got 90 miles to the gallon of gas. - Not, sorry yes. That was the big deal. That was like. - This is what I thought that I was gonna be doing. I started Creative Engineering to build these mini cars. I was raising money and I knocked on the wrong door and ended up in the entertainment business for 40 years. - [Carlo] Or the right door. You're part of American history, you know what I mean, that's priceless. - I didn't realize myself though that any of that was actually happening until the Internet came. Until then, I thought everybody had forgotten about The Rock-afire. - Not at all. - And there wouldn't be any point to any of it. - No this is magic. - Well thank you. Well this is our old studio. - [Carlo] Oh wow. - But we had to disassemble it when the flood came, you know after the explosion. But I still have a keyboard that I keep on. - That's a Wurlitzer. - Yeah. - [Carlo] This is special. - [Aaron] Yeah. - [Carlo] The Wurlitzer is one of the best sounds. - [Aaron] My office. - [Carlo] It's so fancy. - This is where I spent my time in the early 80's, until I abandoned my office. - Yeah, this is beautiful. - Most recently we put all of these here. These are actually albums full of people who wore colanders on their heads to ShowBiz Pizza Place in 1983. - [Carlo] Oh wow. - These are real people who came into ShowBiz and decorated colanders. - [Carlo] So why is this happening? - Well we came out with this movement, where everybody came to ShowBiz wearing colanders on their heads decorated to suit their own personalities. And it was just one of the many kind of crazy things that we did for ShowBiz Pizza Place. - So you have 15 books full of - Yes, thousands and thousands of pictures. Just like me, that's me wearing my colander on my head in 1983. So, enough with this. - Yes. Whoa. - So welcome to my programming studio. - Wow. - Where we have the three stages that were just like they were in ShowBiz Pizza Place. Would you like to me open the curtains and let you see what they look like? - Oh my God yes absolutely. - Okay. - Oh wow. It's the full band. - That's right, there they are. Fatz, Beach Bear, Mitzi and Dook. - I love Dook. - Well. - Rock-afire Explosion right here in front of me. - Do they work? - Well I wish I had time to play them for you today but I think your half hour is up. - Wait hold on we have the pizza coming. I can't leave yet, I promised you pizza. - Yeah, I guess we could do it. But you know what? - Yes. - One show, just one. - Oh my God. - Does that sound good to you too? You wanna see the show? That's right Atena, it's time to play the show. - Oh my God. - [Aaron] Hey Carlo. - Yes? - [Aaron] Go get your guitar. - Yes. - [Aaron] That's it, rock and roll. ♪ Their not too shy ♪ ♪ To rock and roll ♪ ♪ I'm too shy ♪ ♪ That I'm losing stroll ♪ ♪ I'm too shy ♪ ♪ That I do the twist ♪ ♪ But not too shy ♪ ♪ To keep you moving like this ♪ - Get it Carlo ! ♪ I was getting in the pool ♪ ♪ When all the boys and girls ♪ ♪ The feet was in the groove ♪ ♪ And didn't want to move ♪ ♪ Cause I was too shy ♪ ♪ To move my hips ♪ ♪ But that's too shy ♪ ♪ To get you moving ♪ - Get it Carlo! Woohoo! ♪ Too shy ♪ ♪ Too shy ♪ ♪ Too shy ♪ ♪ Too shy ♪ ♪ Too shy ♪ ♪ Too shy ♪ ♪ Too shy ♪ - Get it again Carlo! Woo! ♪ Cause I was too shy to move my hips ♪ ♪ But that's too shy to keep you moving like this ♪ - Reach down and get it big daddy! ♪ Too shy ♪ - Yeah, you did it! You got it Carlo, this is your gig. Oh wait, where'd ya go? - This is like you live forever, thank you. - Well thank you, you know, I'm so glad I let you in. - I thought you were gonna kill me in the basement to be honest. - I was thinking about it.

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