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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.
It’s way harder than just standing still, and when it’s done right, the effect is very impressive.
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.)
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.