Photo via Bam the Dancer/Twitter

The Chuck E. Cheese challenge just next-leveled the Mannequin Challenge

The Rock-a-fire Explosion is back.

 

Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Dec 12, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 9:51 am CDT

Following in the footsteps—or lack thereof, really—of the Mannequin Challenge, there’s a new video challenge that’s on a whole other level of difficulty. The Chuck E. Cheese Challenge involves mimicking the herky-jerky movements of Chuck E. Cheese’s old animatronic animal bands.

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It’s way harder than just standing still, and when it’s done right, the effect is very impressive. 

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Not just any amateur can pull this off. Marquese Scott, playing the lead singer, moves so convincingly that he makes this very video look like CGI. He’s backed by YouTube dancers iGlide and Bam the Dancer.

Although the video is flying around Twitter with the #ChuckECheeseChallenge hashtag, it doesn’t look like anyone else has tried to outdo these guys. It’s only a matter of time, though.

Their performance is most true to defunct ’80s animatronic band the Rock-afire Explosion—famous for its keyboard-tickling gorilla. (In case you’re wondering, the Explosion was phased out in 1992 as Showbiz Pizza was paved over with the Chuck E. Cheese branding.)

Is #ChuckECheeseChallenge the next Mannequin Challenge? Is Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” the new “Black Beatles?” Probably not, but it would sure be cool to see.

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2016, 9:05 pm CST