Showbiz Pizza (found Yogi Bear and Boo Boo animatronic audio showtape; 1987)
The Yogi and Boo Boo animatronics on stage.
Date found: 15 Aug 2020
Found by: ShowbizPizza.com
Showbiz Pizza was a popular restaurant chain located in America. The chain was founded by Robert L. Brook and the company Creative Engineering in 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri. The chain was an arcade/restaurant place, featuring a stage filled with animatronic characters. These characters played in a fictional band called the Rock-Afire Explosion, the fictional band members and animatronics on the stage were usually "Billy Bob Brockali", "Fatz Geronimo", "Mitzi Mozzarella", "Dook LaRue", "Beach Bear", "Rolfe & Earl", "Looney Bird", and many other guest characters. These characters would later be replaced in favor of the Chuck E. Cheese characters after the two companies merged. By 1992, Showbiz Pizza rebranded all locations as Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza, which is still in operation to this day.
Yogi Bear and Boo Boo's Inclusion
In 1987, Showbiz wanted to introduce licensed guest characters into Showbiz. After looking over some options, the most cost-appropriate choice was Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear and "Boo Boo". They soon made these animatronics and set them up in three separate locations (Omaha, Nebraska, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Augusta, Georgia.). The design of the animatronic was done by Jul Kamen and Paul Linden, using the mech of the Rolfe animatronic as a base for Yogi. The prototype was soon completed by Creative Presentations Inc. in April 1987.
After the completion of the models, a showtape was produced and written by Showbiz Pizza's entertainment department. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo's in-show voice actors, Daws Butler and Don Messick recorded the lines for the tape.
The showtape itself was believed to be completely lost. Nothing was known about the properties and details of the audio for the show in the showtape, or anything about the show itself, with the exception of images of the show set up on stage, background audio for the voice-over, and scripts. All that was known are the voices used.
Fate Of The Show
Due to a lack of documentation, the popularity of the show is unknown, but it is safe to assume it was an utter failure given the fact it was never moved anywhere else besides those three locations they were initially installed at.
On August 15th, 2020, the full audio was posted to YouTube by fan website ShowbizPizza.com as a part of their "Rock-a-Palooza 2020" event for the Rock-afire Explosion's 40th anniversary. The audio was preserved on a cassette by co-producer and scriptwriter Steve White and is complete with only a few seconds missing from the song "Every Breath You Take" due to cassette duration.
- The full Showtape. Retrieved 15 Aug '20
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- Yogi Bear and Boo Boo in Showbiz Pizza information at ShowbizPizza.com. Retrieved 09 Jul '18