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  • Children Voicing Children: Shalisa Sloan was 11 when she was hired to voice Mitzi. She continued voicing Mitzi into her adulthood.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • The band gained wider recognition from modern audiences following the release of Five Nights at Freddy's.
    • In recent history the band (or at least some of its characters) have appeared in various films such as Just Go with It, Keanu, and even had their own documentary in 2008 (viewable in its entirety on YouTube)
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    • Mitzi, Billy Bob and Fatz (though not named) appear in one of the commercials for Deadpool 2's Blu-Ray release coinciding with their appearance at 2018's San Diego Comic-Con, which has greatly improved their visibility in the last few years.
    • The band also appeared in the music video of "Electric Feel" by MGMT.
    • The characters appeared twice during the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter telethon in 2021: the first time had them perform "Guitarzan" from the 1983 Fatz for President showtape with a new opening and closing from Billy Bob, and the second time had them perform the Jonah-era MST3K theme song.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Aaron Fechter originally voiced Mitzi Mozzarella; this was derived from when a version of the Wolf Pack 5 show was quickly put together for the first ShowBiz Pizza Place as a placeholder show, and at the request of Showbiz Pizza the character Queenie Fox (who, contrary to earlier claims, was voiced by an actual woman, a female CEI employee) be retooled into Mini Mozzarella, a female mouse, to go with the pizza motif. In addition to recording new announcer spiels and Wolfman dialogue, Aaron also re-recorded Queenie's songs (most notably "Dragstrip in the Sky") in a more high, shrill-sounding voice that would better fit a girl mouse. When the Rockafire Explosion finally debuted in July 1980, Aaron initially continued to voice Mini's successor Mitzi, until 1982 when an actual female, Monique Danielle, took over the role briefly, before the then 11-year-old Shalisa Sloan (now Shalisa James), took over as the voice of Mitzi, a character she still voices to this day.
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  • The Danza: Duke Chauppetta as Dook LaRue. While spelled differently (though it was spelled as "Duke" pre-1981), it’s still pronounced the same way.
  • Descended Creator: Aaron Fetcher, owner of Creative Engineering and creator of the Rock-afire Explosion, also voices Billy Bob, Looney Bird, Rolfe DeWolfe and Earl Schmerle. He also used to voice Beach Bear and Mitzi Mozzarella in the earlier shows, and also currently voices Fatz Geronimo.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • When Uncle Klunk was introduced, ShowBiz didn’t like the way he was portrayed, so they forced CEI to change him. CEI hired a voice actor and outsourced the audio to another company (though they still did the programming).
    • During ShowBiz Pizza Time’s financial struggles in the mid-1980s, they decided to produce their own tapes in-house. After CEI responded with an unauthorized showtape around Christmastime in 1986, they gave back the recording rights to CEI, but not the programming rights.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • As mentioned above, Fechter originally voiced Beach Bear and Mitzi, and is the current voice of Fatz after original actor Burt Wilson left the group in 2007 due to a salary dispute.
    • The voice actors for the ShowBiz-produced tapes are not the actors from CEI’s tapes. To date, all but Rolfe's voice (Joe Conti) are still unidentified.
  • Role Reprise: For the Yogi Bear showtape, Daws Butler and Don Messick reprised their resepctive roles as Yogi and Boo-Boo. For Butler, it would be one of the last times he voiced Yogi, as he passed away the following year.
  • Voices in One Room: How showtape production was generally done.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As stated above, Fechter wanted Queenie Fox to be a member of the Rock-afire before Executive Meddling from ShowBiz forced him to make her a mouse.
    • In the early 1980s, Creative Engineering was developing second-generation animatronics. During the Colander Head Telethon in 1983, Aaron Fechter showcased the G2 Mitzi, who had a wider range of movement in her arms and hips, allowing her to dance rather than simply flailing her pom-poms around. G2 versions of Dook and Beach Bear were also planned: G2 Dook would have had articulated arms and wrists that would allow him to actually play his drumset, and G2 Beach Bear would have been able to stand up. At the same telethon, Aaron stated that eventually, they were going to develop animatronics that could walk around. Budget cuts at ShowBiz meant the second-gen animatronics were never installed.
    • Amid disputes with Creative, ShowBiz looked into replacing the band with licensed characters. Before they decided on Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, they considered Spider-Man, Superman, and Garfield.
    • One reason why Fechter refused to hand his characters over to ShowBiz Pizza Time, Inc. (in addition to the company offering little-to-no monetary compensation) was because he was planning a cartoon series based on the band. As of January 2021, it’s unlikely to happen.

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