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Funhouse features the smart mouthed ventriloquist
dummy Rudy. Rudy's head comes to life on the playfield with moving eyes, eyelids and mouth
that was coined
"Pin-mation" by Williams. While playing, Rudy
watches the pinball and
always has something to say.
Funhouse features 3 flippers, 3 ball multiball, several skill shots and
festive music to go along with its carnival like atmosphere. Rudy was a cool concept
by Pat Lawlor that was ahead of its time, making Funhouse a very unique pin.
Ventriloquist dummies (and
clowns) can be just plain creepy
Several movies and television episodes come to mind that might have inspired
Pat Lawlor in creating Rudy. Before Rudy
there was Hugo from
of Night" (1945), Willie from
The Twilight Zone's (1962),
"The Dummy" and Corky from
Anthony Hopkins. Remember the preview? - "Abracadabra,
I sit on his knee. Presto, change-o, and now he's me! Hocus Pocus, we
take her to bed. Magic is fun...we're dead."
Hopkins plays the disturbed and reclusive ventriloquist that believes his
dummy (Corky) is alive. In this typical family oriented - feel good
movie, Hopkins loses control over his dummy Corky
and goes on a murder spree. The movie poster for "Magic" and the dummy
Corky have a lot of similarities with Funhouse.
Magic 2 )
Did you know?
The High Score
initials are sometimes replaced with "RUDY".
The red button is
held by Rudy on the backglass.
On the backglass,
the man with the boy on his shoulders is artist John Youssi. The boy is his
son, who also modeled for the inspiration of Rudy.
On the backglass to the far left you can read "Ride the Whirlwind". This is
a reference to "Whirlwind", another pin by Pat Lawlor.