Police Academy Stunt Show

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Police Academy Stunt Show
Police Academy Stunt Show set.jpg
The set at Warner Bros. Movie World.
Warner Bros. Movie World
Coordinates 27°54′25.55″S 153°18′38.78″E / 27.9070972°S 153.3107722°E / -27.9070972; 153.3107722Coordinates: 27°54′25.55″S 153°18′38.78″E / 27.9070972°S 153.3107722°E / -27.9070972; 153.3107722
Status Closed
Opening date 3 June 1991 (1991-06-03)
Closing date 30 April 2008 (2008-04-30)
Replaced by Hollywood Stunt Driver
Warner Bros. Movie World Germany
Status Closed
Opening date 1996
Closing date 2004
Replaced by Crazy Action Stunt Show
Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid
Status Closed
Opening date 2002
Closing date Unknown
General statistics
Attraction type Stunt show
Theme Police Academy
Duration 20 minutes
Special Effects FX Illusions
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

The Police Academy Stunt Show was a slapstick comedy stunt show located at the Australian Warner Bros. Movie World (1991–2008), Warner Bros. Movie World Germany (1996–2004) and Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid (2002–????).

The stunt show was based loosely on the series of Police Academy films released by Warner Bros., though only a passing mention is made of the main characters in the line: "I remember the days of Mahoney, Hightower and Tackleberry! We need recruits of that calibre ...", suggesting that the show takes place after the events of the film series.

Locations[edit]

Australia[edit]

Starting in 1991, it was the most popular show in the theme park, up until its closure in 2008.[1] The show was also among one of the longest-running stunt shows in the world, with over 18,000 shows performed.[2]

A pre-show entertainer, known as Mad Mike, would perform interactive pranks and even balloon sculpturing works upon the crowd before the performance.

Warner Bros. Movie World marketed the show as insane, crazy and catastrophic and an all-action, all-live stunt expose featuring awesome highfalls, huge explosions and sensational car chases ... and crashes!![3]

Germany[edit]

Spain[edit]

Plot[edit]

Since the show is live and each one is different, some points of the plot may or may not apply. The show described below is the Australian version.

The show begins with the elusive silk stocking gang, a criminal duo, escaping from prison and stealing a police motorcycle and side car. Following that, the Proctor (a role that can be performed by a male or female, as with some of the characters in the show) emerges and gives a short monologue about the stunts in the performance, as well as a safety warning.

The strict Captain Harris (typically male) appears to recruit audience members as part of the show, typically recruiting one middle-aged male (usually a father, to facilitate the jokes), one pre-teen boy (to which the Captain sneers "you remind me of my little brother! I hate my little brother..."), a female (jokingly introduced as "six foot six, muscle-bound...") and one company stuntman, a character named "Rodney", typically dressed in a garish ocean-print shirt and hat. Following the recruitment, four green cadets and the commissioner emerge for the morning ceremony and flag raising. This is preceded by a series of car stunts, with the cadets driving a police car, souped-up hot rod and a golf buggy. A few slapstick stunts (falling on the floor etc.) follow.

Cadet Verbinski wishes to pass an urgent letter to the commissioner, but he/she is accidentally pulled up the flag pole wrapped in the flag, then falls on top of the commissioner. The commissioner reads the letter, informing him about the silk stocking gang's intentions. The "recruits" from the audience are then called upon and are positioned around the set. The silk stocking gang then suddenly appears on top of the roof, and a wild gunfight sequence ensues. Rodney is accidentally "shot", and falls from his second floor post onto a disguised cushion. The cadet responsible is then reprimanded for the action. Two other cadets then climb up the scaffolding to reach the silk stocking gang who have successfully robbed the nearby payroll building.

A slapstick confrontation follows, ending in one cadet being kicked off the top of the second floor. He/she lands in a disguised cushioned dumping container, and emerges unscathed later. In the meantime, the commissioner uses a portable toilet, but it is accidentally lifted into the air by a crane and the door falls out, nearly dropping him out with it. The two culprits return to the motorcycle and a wild car chase follows, with Rodney being roughed up quite a bit. The sidecar detaches, but the remaining criminal wields explosives that scare the cadets. He first puts a bomb into an amoured vehicle, which explodes and flips over. He then passes a bomb to one cadet, who almost throws it into the audience but puts the bomb into a trash can in the end.

The commissioner orders the cadets to transport Rodney to a safe place, and they choose the tool shed. The last bomb goes into there, and the explosion blasts open the side panels of the shed and seemingly catapults Rodney (most likely a safety dummy) up onto the roof. One member of the duo will shout to the other to "get the chopper!" setting the scene for the climatic finale. A helicopter with rotors spinning and machine guns firing (though with nobody in the cockpit) emerges from the roof. The cadets, as well as an "injured" Rodney, rush to man the cannons. The first shot is unsuccessful, but the second "hits" the helicopter which spews smoke and descends into the roof slowly.

The aftermath is the show's biggest explosion, a huge rooftop blaze where the audience is actually able to feel the radiating heat. The "pilot" then rushes out of the door, vest blazing. He is extinguished and apprehended by the policemen, and the show ends.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Police Academy Stunt Show (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Warner Bros. Movie World - Police Academy Stunt Show - A New Era Begins!". Press Release. MyFun. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Police Academy Stunt Show - Warner Bros. Movie World". MyFun. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2010.