Like many people, I’ve wondered what a naked Danny Devito would look like riding a bear as if he were a world-class rodeo rider. It’s human nature. But not many—in fact, only one person—has made it into reality, and he goes by the name punchesbears.
Naked Danny DeVito Power Rodeo 2 (also known as simply “Bear Rodeo”) is the game at hand, wherein Danny DeVito ragdolls his way astride a big brown grizzly bear. The bear’s name is Roscoe and he’s appeared in many of punchesbears prototypes, including one where “DD and the bear… fight/wrestle over a trashcan sandwich.” What he has not appeared in is Naked Danny DeVito Power Rodeo 1, a game which does not exist.
— ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻ (@punchesbears) December 28, 2015
If you’ve heard of Bear Rodeo it is probably through a series of GIFs punchesbears has posted on Twitter, where it’s accompanied with a soundtrack of classical music or Nas (do yourself a favor and turn the volume up to 11 for proper viewing). It’s not punchesbears’s only prototype, a full list of which includes a battlefield with a chainsaw wielding bear and a drunken quest for burritos.
They’re physics-heavy games, and that’s intentional: “I plan on all of my games using nothing but physics animations. I feel like physics-only animations are an area of videogames that have not been fully explored so I’m trying to push into uncharted territory. I feel like the Captain Kirk of videogame physics… not entirely sure where I’m going, but I don’t care as long as it’s some place new.”
And DeVito? “I love It’s Always Sunny [in Philadelphia],” punchesbears writes. Early game prototypes included a version of “Night Krawlers,” a worm-like game referenced by Charlie and Frank in an episode of the comedy series. “I was going to make Night Krawlers the videogame. An IP lawyer told me that was a very bad idea so I stopped.” DeVito was naked in the prototype, because “I had not yet learned how to model clothing.” From there, punchesbears moved into more physics-heavy animations and the prototypes that he’s known for today. Since an early prototype featured the DeVito character model, he makes an appearance in other games as well.
— ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻ (@punchesbears) June 21, 2016
And if you’re wondering what Danny DeVito thinks about all this, that’s an unknown: “I’ve tagged Mr. DeVito on several of my tweets in which he was featured. He has not responded yet, but I assume I will get a Cease & Desist from his lawyers at some point!”
— ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻ (@punchesbears) July 2, 2016