Many people of a certain age probably HAD or ATTENDED a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s at some point during their childhood. So you probably remember a band of singing robots dressed as giant furry animals as you wrestled with your best friend in the ball pit, then scarfed down pizza slices.
Chuck E. Cheese's recently announced a major restaurant remodel, which will include, among other changes, an updated interior design and the permanent dissolution of the animatronics band featuring the likes of Mr. Munch, Jasper T. Jowels and main mouse himself, Chuck E. Cheese.
"The kids stopped looking at the animatronics years and years ago," Chuck E. Cheese's chief executive officer Tom Leverton told CBS News. "They would wait for the live Chuck E. to come out." Going forward, the characters will "continue to be an essential part" of the brand — just not in animatronic form.
What's Chuck E. Cheese without its iconic animatronic bands? It may be more appealing to children who have grown up with sophisticated video games and entertainment, according to owner CEC Entertainment. The kid-focused pizza chain is updating a handful of restaurants with open kitchens and toned-down colors, as well as one striking omission: the animatronic animals who play music and entertain families.