When I was a toddler, my friends and I would often have birthday parties at an outfit called Showbiz Pizza Place. (Eventually they all got converted to Chuck E. Cheeses.) While we really enjoyed the arcade, the crappy little ticket toys, and the greasy pizza, there was also an animatronic musical revue. The majority of characters in this show were endearing. However, there was one character that terrified me. He was a keyboard-playing gorilla named Fatz Geronimo. I would generally cry and hide under the table whenever he appeared. I definitely wasn’t alone in that regard. I can’t believe the character designers ever thought it was a good idea to make him look like this:
Showbiz Pizza was awesome! It was sooo much better than crappy Chunk E. Cheese’s! The Rock-afire Explosion group was cool; however, I can see where Fatz could frighten a two-year-old child. I predict that sometime in the future someone will submit a traumafession about the Rainforest Cafe. Check out this clip from YouTube.
You are most certainly not alone in this trauma. I, too, was terrified of the gorilla in the leisure suit and couldn’t stand to be in the dining room when he was on stage. He’s just too overbearing compared to the other characters.
As a sidenote, I’m pleasantly surprised by how catchy that musical number is.
Though this was more pure embarrassment than trauma for me, the song “Electric Feel” is NOW a trauma…because all that plays in my head, now, are those creepy animatronic characters….