Pinball: Captain Fantastic
"Ring Them Bells!"Captain Fantastic
(Full title: Capt. Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
) is an arcade pinball machine
designed by Greg Kmiec
and produced by Bally
in 1976. A semi-sequel to Bally's earlier Wizard!!
, it's named after the chart-topping pop album by Elton John
, and features John dressed as the Local Lad from the rock opera movie Tommy
. The game's eye-catching artwork, approachable gameplay, and Elton John's popularity made it one of the most produced electromechanical pinball machines ever. Enthusiasts consider it one of the iconic pinballs of the '70s.
In a blatant appeal to Fanservice
, the table is festooned with large-busted women
all over its backglass and playfield art. Unbeknownst to Bally management, artist Dave Christensen also included several risque bits in the backglass
, including a guy flipping off the viewer
and a woman enthusiastically grabbing the groin of a man behind her
. Bally responded by adding small mirrored stars over the objectionable parts, though they didn't completely obscure the art.
A home version of this pinball was produced, with an entirely different layout, family-friendly art, and shorter legs (to better accommodate children).
This pinball machine demonstrates the following tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage: On many of the women, natch.
- All Women Are Lustful
- Bare Your Midriff
- Big Breast Pride: All the women are shown proudly flaunting themselves before the crowd.
- Bowdlerise: The artwork for the home version is considerably tamer than the original.
- Cap: Early versions of this pinball only had five digit reels to display players' scores; when a player rolled over the score, the message "Over the Top" would light up on the backglass. Later versions expanded the score display to six digits instead.
- Celebrity Star
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- Cool Shades: Elton John's goggles.
- Creator Cameo:
- Tom Nieman, VP of Marketing for Bally Pinball, is depicted in the backglass as the man in the three-piece suit.
- Bally pinball artist Paul Faris is the bearded man wearing the "Brutus" T-shirt.
- Double Entendre: One of the triangle bumpers has a woman with large breasts holding a sign that reads "Feel Them Bumpers".
- Fanservice: It's impossible to find a woman on this pinball who doesn't have large breasts, nipples prominently pressed against her shirt, or both.
- Flipping the Bird: One of the guys on the backglass.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: On all of the women, making it very clear they're not wearing bras.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In addition to all the lustful women on the back glass, Adolf Hitler is hiding in the crowd.
- In Name Only: The home version◊ has almost nothing in common with the arcade original.◊
- Incendiary Exponent: The pinball machine Elton John is playing on the backglass happens to be on fire... but he's too awesome to care.
- Long Title
- Nice Shoes: Elton John's iconic ink-black, round-toed platform boots.note
- The Seventies
- Titled After the Song: This machine was Titled After the Album, instead.
- Unintentional Period Piece: There's no way this game could be mistaken for any era other than The Seventies.
- Vapor Wear: On all of the women, making it very clear they're not wearing bras.
- Visual Pun: One of the triangle bumpers has a woman with large breasts holding a sign that reads "Feel Them Bumpers".
- Waving Signs Around: So much enthusiasm for a guy playing pinball!
- World of Buxom