Dook Larue

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Dooks design as of 2024.

Dook Larue is one of the main characters of the Showbiz Pizza Place franchise, having made his debut as an animatronic at Jacksonville, FL (9820 Atlantic Blvd).

History

Origins

Dook Larue was based off of the character Dingo Starr from the Wolf Pack 5. Initially, Dook had a more contemporary and casual look during the early days of the Rock-afire Explosion. He later got a spacesuit, and claimed that he wanted to go to space in the Trivia Night showtape. He got his first animatronic in Jacksonville, FL (9820 Atlantic Blvd). He was the drummer and one of the lead vocalists of the band.

Showbiz Pizza Place

Dook was always voiced by Duke Chauppetta, being one of the only characters to have the same voice actor since the beginning. He was a dimwitted and slower character, and often didn't understand jokes or quips the other band members made at him or each other. in 1983, Creative Engineering was testing second generation animatronics. Dook and Mitzi Mozzarella would get new animatronics made, but they were never mass produced. During Concept Unification Dook was retrofitted into Pasqually.

The New Rock-afire Explosion & Present Day

After Concept Unification, Creative Engineering wanted to find a new way to bring the Rock-afire Explosion back into the public spotlight. They developed the New Rock-afire Explosion. Every character was changed, including Dook. Dook was now portrayed as a bit younger, and was called the Junkyard dog. He lived in a doghouse, and had toys placed around his stage. Original parts for Dook would start to be reproduced by Creative Engineering's new employees in 2023. Aaron Fechter has taken interest in repairing and using one of the second generation Dook animatronics, and has tested him throughout the decades.

Animatronics

Types Years Produced Notes Status
Dook Larue (Animatronic) 1980-1983 Retrofitted during Concept Unification. Several publicly and privately owned.
Second Generation Dook Larue (Animatronic) 1983 A few were produced. Mechanisms owned by Creative Engineering.
Dook Larue (Mijjin) 1992-1993 The most advanced Dook animatronic to date. None public as of 2024.