Bye Band: Chuck E. Cheese removes animatronics from all locations except one – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas’ Chuck E. Cheese raises the final curtain on his legendary animatronic band.

The restaurant group most popular with kids carries them out of all but one location in the country.

The animatronic characters and their band were part of several generations’ childhoods. Children and adults across the country may remember birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese or ShowBiz Pizza Place, depending on where they grew up and how old they are.

The famous animatronic band at Chuck E. Cheese, known as Munch’s Make Believe Band. The characters in the band are named Chuck E. Cheese, Mr. Munch, Helen Henny and Jasper T. Jowls. and Pasqually.

Now the road is over for the beloved characters who revolutionized local family entertainment with then-groundbreaking technology.

CEC Entertainment announced earlier this month that all Animatronic bands are retiring at nearly all of its more than 550 venues across the country. Only a robotic band would remain at a location in California near Los Angeles.

The announcement comes three weeks after the release of “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” a horror film featuring similar animatronic puppets.

The film is based on a popular video game about a security guard who must survive five nights at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a restaurant seemingly inspired by pizza chains such as Chuck E. Cheese and ShowBiz Pizza Place, while the animatronic ones Characters come to life try to kill him.

A scene from the film “Five Nights at Freddy’s”

Although Chuck E. Cheese is saying goodbye to its animatronic bands, the Irving-based chain plans to modernize its venues in the next few years. You’ll see new technology, interactive dance floors, kid-friendly arcade games and, in some locations, new trampoline zones.

Chuck E. Cheese’s brand transformation comes after the family entertainment and pizza chain fell on hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nearly 50-year-old company filed for bankruptcy in 2020 as the entire restaurant industry was affected by the spread of the virus.

Full-service Chuck E. Cheese restaurants lost about 80% of their average sales at the height of the pandemic. Previously, the company still had nearly $1 billion in debt on its balance sheet as of the fourth quarter of 2019.

The restaurant chain has managed to get back on its feet since the pandemic. Chuck E. Cheese announced earlier this year that it would be giving away 500 free children’s birthday parties to lucky winners nationwide to celebrate the most common birthday, September 9th.

The popular entertainment center chain has also brought back the fan-favorite “Birthday Star Free” promotion, where the birthday child celebrates for free with 12 or more paid birthday party guests.


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