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(SeattlePI)   The owners of Chuck E. Cheese are rebooting the giant mouse as a hip, electric-guitar-playing rock star. No word if Poochie will provide backup vocals   (seattlepi.com) divider line 141
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2012-07-03 11:39:16 PM  
It always goes so well when corporate executives "update" their mascots to fit what they think kids of today will like. Remember that Winnie the Pooh show that ditched Christopher Robin in favor of the tomboy with the backwards baseball cap and the skateboard? With Eeyore wearing sunglasses and breakdancing? Yeah, kids loved that.
 
2012-07-03 11:40:13 PM  
I'm surprised "hop" didn't follow hip looking at the past few mentions of Chuck E Cheese
 
2012-07-03 11:40:46 PM  
Poochie, you look like you have something to say. Do you?

Yes, I certainly do...

I have to go now. My planet needs me.

Note: Poochie died on the way back to his home planet.

/Stick a sock in it Roy!
 
2012-07-03 11:44:46 PM  

PacManDreaming: I just wish they'd go back to the way things were in 1983...video games as far as the eye could see.


I have really fond memories of CEC back in the day as well. I'd usually spend hours on the Robocop or TMNT games.

Was I the only kid that loved the Michael Jackson arcade game?
 
2012-07-03 11:45:55 PM  
took my niece and nephew to CEC here..heard the band sing Men At Work...OVERKILL. a real wtf moment
 
2012-07-03 11:46:57 PM  

PacManDreaming: I just wish they'd go back to the way things were in 1983...video games as far as the eye could see.


I seriously thought that was a mistyped John Mayer reference at first.

/oh, if only my life was more like 1983
//back when things were at the start of me
 
2012-07-03 11:51:24 PM  
When I was a kid we used to go to the original one in San Jose. The pizza was actually pretty good there. They ended closing it down and opening more around the area, and the pizza got shiattier as the years passed. I still liked going to the one off Tully Rd, because they had a very big arcade in the 80's. That isn't a very nice neighborhood though, and they often had cops standing by.
 
2012-07-03 11:53:04 PM  

gblive: If they want to appeal to their primary set of patrons, Chuck E. Cheese will need to revamp their giant mouse as a rapper.


Chuck D. Cheese.

He can walk around handing out little packets of Tylenol PM crushed up with heroin.
 
2012-07-03 11:53:31 PM  

Spongebob Plaid Pants: I recently worked on a liquor license for the CEC in Independence, MO. They will serve beer if approved. Sounds perfect for a white-trash Fark Party!


I was surprised to find out the CEC's here in TX don't serve beer. They all served beer in San Jose.
 
2012-07-03 11:55:40 PM  

buzzcut73: Spongebob Plaid Pants: I recently worked on a liquor license for the CEC in Independence, MO. They will serve beer if approved. Sounds perfect for a white-trash Fark Party!

If you're working on liquor licenses in Missouri, can you not worry so much about whether CEC can serve beer and worry more about whether the local tavern in more rural counties can be open on Sunday? It would make my trips there much more enjoyable. THX!


Unlikely. He works on licenses to sell booze for on-premises consumption, not on legislation regarding selling booze on God's Day Off.

If he was a state legislator, chances are a repeal of blue laws would have at least been put on the table by now.

If he was a state legislator's intern/secretary/helper monkey/etc, then you could remove the first word of this sentence and everything after the first comma, replace that comma with a period, and add a bit of emphasis to the word "was" and the resulting sentence would be true.
 
2012-07-03 11:55:49 PM  
ahh CEC where kids can puke up a storm in the ball pit, kids whining and screaming all over the place and not one soccer mom is sober, if the pizza doesn't go airborne by the end of the night or some soccer mom spills a pitcher of beer while the "special snowflake" takes a dump on the choo-choo ride, then its simply not CEC.

Think of this kid:
cache.gawker.com
Imagine what happens when you have to call the fire department to have him cut out of a slide because he got wedged into it.

Google it, pretty sure its somewhere - took the fire department 2 hours to cut the slide down to fish him out, I still say they should of used a whole lot of crisco.

/That's not even tip of the iceberg
//Slashies
 
2012-07-04 12:00:17 AM  
When are they going to get to the fireworks factory?
 
2012-07-04 12:01:52 AM  

Surool: Lionel Mandrake: Chuck E Cheese's has pizza?

No, Chuck E Cheese has " pizza* "


*artificial pizza-like substitute.


Oh, New York style.
 
2012-07-04 12:05:41 AM  
Learned how to master vector graphics games like Star Wars, Tempest and Asteroids at CEC. That was also where I developed my taste for pizza toppings beyond pepperoni. I particularly liked the olives and mushrooms on CEC pizza back in 83-84.
 
2012-07-04 12:07:28 AM  

Gonad the Ballbarian: Anytime the word "hip" is used to describe any corporate restructuring, you can be sure it is not...


That's the truth. If Chuck-E-Cheese were to be rebranded as cool, it would take someone who actually has a good idea to say "Hey, I think people might like it better if we do this" instead of some corporate manager to say "We need to change our appearance to be more cool."
 
2012-07-04 12:07:55 AM  
"The Onion" article that I will always think of when Chuck E. Cheese is mentioned

Also, I'm not ashamed to say I like Chuck E. Cheese's pizza and breaksticks. It's probably made out of corn syrup and red dye, but damn it's good.
 
2012-07-04 12:07:56 AM  

Umeraken Ideut: [www.wyote.com image 500x238]

I miss their OLD mascots. They were just creepy enough to be entertaining. And put on a show! Today, when I take my kids to CEC, all they have is a big projection screen with looped videos.


Wasn't that "Circus!Circus!"
 
2012-07-04 12:07:58 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Umeraken Ideut: I miss their OLD mascots. They were just creepy enough to be entertaining. And put on a show! Today, when I take my kids to CEC, all they have is a big projection screen with looped videos.

If you haven't seen it, you need to watch this (it's on Netflix): The Rock-afire Explosion


That movie is all kinds of awesome. It's wonderful for the nostalgia factor alone, because I'm just the right age to remember the rise and fall of Showbiz Pizza. But the people still holding onto the dream? Man, those folks are a special, special breed.

I do still love how the one guy (simultaneously the saddest and most awesome of the bunch) still programs shows for the band in his garage. This Davy Jones/Monkees Tribute would've made my head explode when I was 8 or 9 and is still pretty damn cool. Some of his more contemporary selections? Eh, not so much, but you can't knock the guy for living his dream.
 
2012-07-04 12:08:47 AM  
Poochie, is it really you?
 
2012-07-04 12:08:50 AM  

muck4doo: Spongebob Plaid Pants: I recently worked on a liquor license for the CEC in Independence, MO. They will serve beer if approved. Sounds perfect for a white-trash Fark Party!

I was surprised to find out the CEC's here in TX don't serve beer. They all served beer in San Jose.



Not all.....the CEC in El Paso serves beer and wine. Every weekend we would have "birthday parties" that featured 30 mexicans with like four kids. Over the course of four hours the adults would drink an assload of beer and start fights while the kids would terrorize the game room with $200 worth of tokens.

Had I not been the poor 16 year old sap that had to deal with it all, it would have been a glorious thing to watch.
 
2012-07-04 12:14:35 AM  
FTA: "According to ShowBizPizza.com, the idea for Chuck E. came from a generic mascot costume that was acquired by the founder, Nolan Bushnell, who also co-founded Atari and Pong."

He founded Pong?
 
2012-07-04 12:16:24 AM  

Umeraken Ideut: [www.wyote.com image 500x238]

I miss their OLD mascots. They were just creepy enough to be entertaining. And put on a show! Today, when I take my kids to CEC, all they have is a big projection screen with looped videos.


damn you, there was no spoiler alert. i was still picturing the cheesy animatronics of 30 years ago.
 
2012-07-04 12:21:58 AM  

PacManDreaming: I just wish they'd go back to the way things were in 1983...video games as far as the eye could see.


No man, don't take away the Skeeball! Skeeball rocks!
 
2012-07-04 12:23:59 AM  
Oddly enough one of the only 3 people currently on death row is there for murdering 4 people at a Chuck E. Cheese.

Link
 
2012-07-04 12:24:59 AM  

JosephFinn: Surool: Lionel Mandrake: Chuck E Cheese's has pizza?

No, Chuck E Cheese has " pizza* "


*artificial pizza-like substitute.

Oh, New York style.


You sound like you're from Chicago. And fat.

There's a reason that whenever anyone not from Gary, Indiana's left butt cheek tries to make pizza (for even the loosest, most generous definition of "pizza"), they at least try to attempt to make an effort to emulate New York-style pizza rather than that pizza-flavored casserole that you guys eat over there. Even the "pizza" in an Army DFAC is kinda sorta done in the style of The Greatest City In The World somewhat.

/I really like pizza
 
2012-07-04 12:26:27 AM  
From this:

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And this:

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To This:

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2012-07-04 12:30:55 AM  
I didn't even know they sold food when I was a kid. All we did was play games.
 
2012-07-04 12:35:53 AM  

orangehat: Oddly enough one of the only 3 people currently on Colorado's death row is there for murdering 4 people at a Chuck E. Cheese.


FTFY.

/Texan. We've probably put 3 people on death row this week.
 
2012-07-04 12:38:39 AM  

kokomo61: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:

CSB - I went to school with that guy (Doug Jones). 'Mac Tonight' was his first big break out of college.....he went on to do a few interesting roles....and is in a movie coming out shortly....



Seriously? I am a total noob to the Hellboy universe but I really liked him in the movies. More than the other characters, really. Also Pan's Labyrinth freaked me out and is yet awesome in my memory. If you ever talk to him, tell him he's great.
 
2012-07-04 12:41:13 AM  
I remember the first time I went to Showbiz after it was "concept unified" to Chuck E Cheese... All the cool, "busy", entertaining animatronics were gone, and this half-assed, stripped down show with a purple blob and rat were on the stage... Dook's drumkit was moved over where Billy Bob used to be... and was just sitting there. Nothing around it. It was pitiful... and I never went back.

That was when I was 10 years old... 22 years ago. I still remember how depressing and piss-poor it looked.

Here's the really depressing part--watching them strip the bots down and replace the skins and furs... and how much is just "disposed of".
Concept Unification Part 1
Concept Unification Part 2
Concept Unification Part 3

Communications between the guy who built the animatronics and Showbiz/CEC (PDF)
 
2012-07-04 12:44:04 AM  
I ran the local Showbiz arcade from about 1986-1991. I had all the keys. I could play all the games any time I wanted for free and I could give you free games too.

I was insanely popular in those days.

Still can't believe the technology behind the old Rock-A-Fire Explosion band. It was all pneumatics directed by giant reel-to-reel tapes that had to be booted on a giant system that looked like something from a bad 60s sci-fi movie. Man they broke a lot.

We had a booth where you could robotically take over Billy Bob from the stage using this amazing remote control panel behind a one-way mirror so you could even talk to kids while wildly flinging your arms around. We didn't use that feature much, as really, none of us sounded even a little like Billy Bob.

Still, great memories were made.
 
2012-07-04 12:44:56 AM  

the cake is a pie: orangehat: Oddly enough one of the only 3 people currently on Colorado's death row is there for murdering 4 people at a Chuck E. Cheese.

FTFY.

/Texan. We've probably put 3 people on death row this week.


Only 3. Y'all slowing down?
 
2012-07-04 12:45:15 AM  

the cake is a pie: orangehat: Oddly enough one of the only 3 people currently on Colorado's death row is there for murdering 4 people at a Chuck E. Cheese.

FTFY.

/Texan. We've probably put 3 people on death row this week.


Nah, only 5 so far this year. Link. Has to generally be an exceptionally bad murdering to get you the death penalty.

No mention of Chuck E Cheese in the incident summaries, though. Though one guy apparently busted in, held a family and gun point, and then randomly killed two of them on the way out despite them not resisting, which sort of feels generally like my experience with the place as a kid.

//Did not enjoy it, is what I'm saying here.
 
2012-07-04 12:53:20 AM  
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:(
 
2012-07-04 12:57:36 AM  
Didn't they already do this when they switched him from being the character costume in commercials to being the animated one with rollerblades? I swear he had a guitar too at some point but I might just be mixing up Snoopy's Knotts Berry Farm commercials which were awesome :P
 
2012-07-04 12:59:26 AM  

sparkyumr98: Here's the really depressing part--watching them strip the bots down and replace the skins and furs... and how much is just "disposed of".
Concept Unification Part 1
Concept Unification Part 2
Concept Unification Part 3


That is depressing. I wonder how much of the stuff that was supposed to be destroyed or disposed of ended up in somebody's playroom.
 
2012-07-04 01:04:38 AM  

Umeraken Ideut: [www.wyote.com image 500x238]

I miss their OLD mascots. They were just creepy enough to be entertaining. And put on a show! Today, when I take my kids to CEC, all they have is a big projection screen with looped videos.


Mizzi Mozzarella?

When she belted out "Desperado"?

Made me cry. Every time.

little dusty in here...
 
2012-07-04 01:04:48 AM  
Oh and for your information, Poochie returned to his homeworld.
 
2012-07-04 01:06:11 AM  
No matter what they do, they'll never match the epic greatness that was The Rock-afire Explosion!

www.graysonkilmer.com
 
2012-07-04 01:08:33 AM  
Bah, screw the lame animatronics and crappy "pizza." In 1983, all I ever wanted was a pocketful of tokens and access to the new Dragon's Lair machine. We would tie that machine up for hours. I remember going back as an adult with kids and wondering where the rows and rows or arcade games disappeared to. And the pizza was even worse. Cardboard crust, raw canned tomato paste, and artificial cheese. Beer wasn't bad, though. Surrounded by screaming kids and parents, the beer helped.
 
2012-07-04 01:22:24 AM  
"You're the birthday...you're the birthday...you're the birthday boy OR girl!"
 
2012-07-04 01:34:34 AM  
Tried that pizza once. Gave me the worst gas, bar none, that I ever had.

We had a place called Pistol Pete's Pizza that had a Rock-afire Explosion. Used to scare the living hell outta the kids.
 
2012-07-04 01:37:00 AM  

jtown: I didn't even know they sold food when I was a kid. All we did was play games.


I seem to remember there being pizza at CEC, but I don't remember much about it. It doesn't help that my younger brother and I were sort of foodies, if kids can be foodies. Seriously, when we were old enough, we did not tend to order off of the kids' menu. Why choose boring chicken strips or mac'n'cheese when you can have fish, or freak out a waitress by liking calamari?

So yeah. The pizza was boring. The games were fun, though.
 
2012-07-04 01:37:09 AM  

MylesHeartVodak: And the pizza was even worse. Cardboard crust, raw canned tomato paste, and artificial cheese.


The pizza was always terrible. And hugely overpriced. No one noticed because the kids were off playing games and Dad had a pitcher of beer and was tripping to the Rock-A-Fire.
 
2012-07-04 01:42:23 AM  
Yeah but I bet their pizza still tastes like cardboard.
 
2012-07-04 01:48:46 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: "The Onion" article that I will always think of when Chuck E. Cheese is mentioned

An even better one.
 
2012-07-04 01:49:21 AM  

the cake is a pie: orangehat: Oddly enough one of the only 3 people currently on Colorado's death row is there for murdering 4 people at a Chuck E. Cheese.

FTFY.

/Texan. We've probably put 3 people on death row this week.


I left the Colorado part out. Oops.
 
2012-07-04 01:58:05 AM  
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Chuck E. Cheese id dead.
 
2012-07-04 02:06:49 AM  
 
2012-07-04 02:11:04 AM  
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