AI : Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

To the likely delight of parents everywhere — as well as some seriously freaked-out kids — the Munch’s Make Believe Band is headed to the scrap heap. The animatronic group that has been a staple at the Chuck E. Cheese pizza and arcade chain for four decades is going into a permanent deep freeze by the end of this year due to changing tastes among the ball pit set.

According to The New York Times, the mechanical animal band fronted by singers Chuck E. Cheese and Helen Henny, with Jasper T. Jowls on guitar, Mr. Munch on keyboards and Pasqually on drums, will be removed from all but two locations (Los Angeles and Nanuet, N.Y.) of the chain’s more than 400 U.S. locations amidst what CEO David McKillips described as its “most aggressive transformation” to date.

The band known for its stilted movements and blinking, shifty eyes, will be replaced by giant TV screens, digital dance floors and trampoline gyms just a few years after the chain temporarily closed a number of locations during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the summer of 2020. “Kids are consuming entertainment differently than they were 10, 20 years ago,” McKillips told the paper. “Kids, really of all ages, are consuming their entertainment on a screen.”

For now, the company is not saying what will happen to the hundreds of animatronic figures once they exit the stage more than four decades after Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell had the brainstorm to match a pizza restaurant with then-novel video games. In a 2017 interview, Bushnell said he was originally inspired by watching the animatronic animal show in the Tiki Room at Disneyland, tasking his engineers with coming up with a mascot for what was then called Coyote Pizza.

After mistakenly buying a rat costume — and briefly considering the name Rick’s Rat Pizza — Bushnell went with the friendlier name Chuck E. Cheese (Charles Entertainment Cheese) for the chain that opened its first outlet in May 1977 in San Jose, California. In the decades since, the restaurant became a staple of affordable children’s birthday parties, even as the band has spawned dozens of memes as well as inspiring the 2023 horror flick Five Nights at Freddy’s, in which a security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza battled murderous animatronic characters.

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/chuck-e-cheese-removing-animatronic-band-for-good-1235682086/

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

“Kids, really of all ages, are consuming their entertainment on a screen.”

Then all what they really have to do is just pass out free iphones and ipads to all the kids that come through the door and then the kids can return 'em when they leave.

Only problem will be finding those who won't get grossed out to clean and disinfect the screens covered in Gawd-knows-what from disgusting kids.

"Please vote to preserve the unique character of Warren…" - Robert Duvall

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

A lot of the devices would probably end up broken or lost at the bottom of the ball pit.

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I was half kidding because I would expect a bunch of kids who may bring their own from home and will be staring at their screens instead of the entertainment Chuck provides for them.

Interesting that they are going to wait till the end of the year instead of making the change now.

I think I will call the nearest one and see if I can buy those guys to decorate my home with them!

"Please vote to preserve the unique character of Warren…" - Robert Duvall

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Yeah, a lot of them probably bring their own devices, but it's sad that a talented animatronic band can't hold kids' attention anymore.

I think some locations are already removing the animatronics now. It's interesting that they're leaving them at two locations.

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it's sad that a talented animatronic band can't hold kids' attention anymore.

Exactly

It's interesting that they're leaving them at two locations.

It figures one of those locations will still be in LA.
Land of movie special effects and Disney which inspired them.

Though why that particular location in NY?
Just because it is all the way across the country on the other coast?

"Please vote to preserve the unique character of Warren…" - Robert Duvall

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I'm not sure. Maybe the owner loves the animatronics and begged to keep them or he/she paid extra to keep them. Probably not.

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

I like the title you came up with for this thread!
LOL

"Please vote to preserve the unique character of Warren…" - Robert Duvall

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

Thanks! It's sad to imagine all the animatronic corpses piled up in some dumpster.

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

So let's buy a few and start a pop culture museum with 'em!

"Please vote to preserve the unique character of Warren…" - Robert Duvall

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

I have never been to a CEC.
No reason to.
So this is my only experience with them from this movie called Made that I own.



"Please vote to preserve the unique character of Warren…" - Robert Duvall

Re: Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic band will be murdered by the end of the year

I've been there before, but not in years. I'm kind of surprised they used the real Chuck E. in that movie instead of a fake reference/parody.

Speaking of Chuck and movies, they made a Chuck E. Cheese movie years ago:

Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000 is a 1999 direct-to-video film that was based upon Chuck E. Cheese's. It was released on October 5, 1999 in CEC restaurants. The plot is that a boy named Charlie Rockit needs $50,000 to fix his aunt and uncle's tractor engine, so Chuck E. Cheese and his friends go to the Galaxy 5000 to win it in a race.
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