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The Chuck E. Cheese Memories thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Xerus, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have memories going to Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater? I remember first seeing the commercial back when I was 11. The shows, the pizza, the sundaes, and the video games. And I asked my parents if we could check it out. And I loved it. Especially the singing electronic puppets on the stage that consisted of Chuck E. Cheese, Mr. Munch the Monster, Jasper T. Jowles the dog, Pasqually the chef, Harmony Howlette the coyote girl. And a bird trio called the Warblettes. Though it was kind of creepy during the intermissions, they close their eyes and sit there motionless like they were asleep.
    And I got to go there on my 12th birthday and they sang their famous birthday song. They called me the birthday kid, for I don't think they knew who they were singing to. That's when I learned they were only programmed to sing and not respond or mention names.
    I also noticed every few years, the girl characters kept getting replaced. Harmony Howlette got replaced with Madame Oink the French pig. And then by Helen Henny the punk chicken. And Helen soon became the permanent girl character in the band.
    Lately, I've been going to youtube and checking out how Chuck E. Cheese's had changed over the years. Chuck used to wear a red derby and vest. Then he started wearing a t-shirt and a skateboard helmet and made him sound younger. And later, they made him look even younger. And the stages and shows kept changing too. The characters no longer slept in front of us during the intermissions, now a curtain just closed down on them. And now the characters are starring in original skits and songs on youtube as hand puppets.
    This was the Chuck E. Cheese show I first remember. And my favorite song they sang.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017
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  2. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

    There was only one reason I ever wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese's, and that was the ball pit. I didn't really pay much attention to the animatronic show, I just did the rides and stuff like that. It was all about the ball pit for me.
     
  3. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    To be honest,

    I liked Discovery Zone more. Thanks Viacom.
     
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  4. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Alas, I never set foot in Chuck E. Cheese
    Too young to be a parent, too old to be a kid.

    Word had it in Noo Joisey, the place was a front for the Mob.
    Run by people named Sal, Vito, and Nunzio.
     
  5. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    Here's what one of the earliest Chuck E. Cheese's looked like back in 1979.
     
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  6. snichols1973

    snichols1973 Well-Known Member

    After graduating from high school in 1991, my mom took me to a Chuck E.'s in Colorado to celebrate; nowadays I just feel that the "Looks like today is your Chuck E. Day" ad campaign seems (to my opinion, at least) like it's already lost its novelty with tickets coming out of faucets, drinking fountains, etc.

    I learned, when I attempted to apply there for a job, that they have a strong "no facial hair" policy, and every now and then my stubble tends to grow a bit long, so I decided to try my luck elsewhere...
     
  7. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    UGH, those animatronics, man. They really creeped me out when I was little. Their eyes followed you, and i'm pretty sure they had motion censors, depending on the location, so i'm certain I almost died of a heart attack on at least three separate occasions when those things started singing behind me.

    Besides that though, I have mostly fond memories. My three siblings and I all used to go there every year for our birthdays. I loved the design of the place, and the pizza smell in the air. The bike rides and Wack-a-Mole were always my favorite things.
     
  8. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    This was the band's most popular scene back in the early 80's. I especially love the Pizza Two Step song at the end.
     
  9. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    I haven't got to that since I was a kid and I had came there for birthday parties.
     
  10. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    Whatever memories I have of that place are now ruined by Five Nights at Freddy's. Just kidding, I actually had my 8th birthday there. I believe it was a Super Mario theme with a Toad cake, :).
     
  11. C to the J

    C to the J Active Member

    When I was a kid, there used to be one with different animatronics. I'm pretty sure that place used to be Showbiz Pizza Place. They must have recycled the Rock-afire Explosion animatronic structures and turned the place into Chuck E. Cheese's before my parents took me there for the first time. CEC's and SPP are both part of the same company, so the transition made sense.

    And did you know the current voice of Chuck E. is Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup? You might know the band for performing the Phineas and Ferb theme song.
     
  12. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I remember going to Showbiz Pizza on my 13th birthday. The show in this restaurant had three different stages. One had a ventriloquist act called the Rolfe and Earl Show. The second had the Rock-afire Explosion. And the third had the main star, Billy Bob the Bear and his bird sidekick.
     
  13. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    I went to Chuck E. Cheese's a couple times in middle school for being on the Honor Roll, I had a great time there, but could care less about the animatronics.

    I also remember going to Discovery Zone at least once, that was a lot of fun, too.
     
  14. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

  15. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I too have heard that the animatrontics would be replaced with costumed actors soon. At least we'll have youtube so we can watch the old shows and new stuff with the hand puppets. Here's a documentary about the CEC characters that came and went. Starting with the first forgotten character, Crusty the Cat.
     
  16. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Like I said earlier, I was born too early for Chuck E. Cheese.
    Too old to be a kid there, too young to be a parent.

    However, I more than made up for it with Medieval Times.
    Now THAT is a cool place. 8)
     
  17. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it's a cool place, but I never got why some people view eating with their hands as one of the enjoyable parts. It's uncomfortable to eat with your hands, that's why we have forks and spoons. And worse, I definitely don't want to watch someone else eat with their hands- That's gross.
     
  18. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    That's part of the deal, having finger food like chicken, ribs, and corn on the cob.
    If it's uncomfortable eating with your hands, may you never have to deal with a hamburger or a hot dog.

    Actually, Snowthy would probably remember the Seinfeld episode of George using a fork and knife to eat a Snickers bar.
    Or M&M's with a spoon.

    Try eating a taco with chopsticks.
     
  19. muppetgem

    muppetgem Well-Known Member

  20. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Did you have your party there?
     


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