- The entertainment center's full title was originally Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre.
- The E actually stands for entertainment. Not kidding.
- The premise of a restaurant including an arcade was devised by Atari as a way to promote Pong.
- When Chuck E's expanded into Australia, the name was changed to Charlie Cheese's Pizza Playhouse because "chuck" was too closely associated with vomit.
- There are 17 restaurant locations in Saudi Arabia.
- Many restaurants had separate rooms for cabaret shows.
Meet the Guys From the Group
The official title of the animatronic rock ensemble that ominously lurks about while your ungrateful crotch goblin snorts jelly beans at the restaurant is Munch's Make-Believe Band. Vice wrote an insane, unhinged history of the band I could never even hope to match. It's a commemorative piece detailing every incarnation of the group since its formation 45 years ago leading to its final stand and impending dissolution. Here's a picture instead:
From left to right: Helen Henny, Chuck E., Mr. Munch, Jasper T. Jowels, and Pasqually
We all know Chuck pretty well these days as a skateboarding 7 year-old wannabe voiced by the singer of Bowling for Soup, but he was originally a wise-cracking New Jersey rat that smoked cigars and lashed out at fellow band members for playing too slow.
Just like the rest of us, Chuck E. had a rough go at the 1970s.
Helen the chicken plays the bass and tambourine, occasionally sharing lead vocals. Helen originally replaced Mitzi Mozzarella of the Rock-afire Explosion band when ShowBiz Pizza merged with Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza in 1992. Mitzi was conceptualized as a role model for small girls. She is pictured below.
Mr. Munch likes pizza. He replaced Crusty the Cat, who wore a basketball jersey that said "swingers" on it and Fatz Geronimo, the master of ceremonies gorilla. Not kidding. Mr. Munch's catchphrase is "Thank you very munch!".
The ShowBiz Pizza fandom page describes Jasper infinitely better than I could. The entry states "Jasper is commonly portrayed as a rather goofy redneck dog. In the days of the Pizza Time Theatre, he would uncontrollably laugh at almost any joke, much to the major annoyance of Chuck, who would often yell "TURN OFF THE FRUITCAKE DOG!", which would cause the backstage technicians to supposedly turn off Jasper, which would stop his laughter and calm him down." I laughed. We will cover Pasqually later.
The Rock-afire Explosion band that was made obsolete in 1992. The band was praised for its cutting edge animatronic technology throughout the 1980s.
Chuck E. Cheese's plan to remove the make-believe band and game tokens is strike one. Strike two would be the rumor that the restaurant recycles leftover pizza, but this would force me to use YouTuber Shane Dawson as a credible source, which I refuse. Former employees are quick to exclaim that this assertion is false, as well as the official franchise Twitter page. Choose your own adventure.
New to GrubHub is a budding delivery joint called Pasqually's Pizza & Wings. Here is a look at their website. Looks unassuming, and the cookie pizza seems superb. Anxious to support local businesses amidst the COVID-19 crisis, a reddit user discovered the new takeout place and had it delivered. The twist ending being that the driver picked up her order from Chuck E. Cheese. Itching to make a few bucks during a global pandemic, Chuck E. Cheese has disguised its kitchen as a takeout only wings restaurant and fooled Americans by naming the service after their resident chef mascot Pasqually P. Pieplate. CEC has confirmed that Pasqually's shares a ktichen with Chuck E. Cheese entertainment, but that the sauce is thicker. The reviews are not convincing. Their is a small disturbance of the populace who feel betrayed by the tactic and are boycotting the product. Applebee's has followed in their footsteps and readdressed themselves as Neighborhood Wings on delivery apps. My opinion? It's fucking hilarious. I think it's so tremendously funny that I've been laughing for the entire three days I have spent on this article. I'm still giddy. I can't even believe it. In fact, I can't wait to try it.
photo by Stephanie Hayes, who ordered on purpose for journalistic purposes