Chuck E. Cheese is phasing out those creepy animatronic house bands that have probably inspired more nightmares than laughs. A staple of the pizza/arcade fun centers, the house band consists of numerous animal and monster characters who spring to life every hour on the hour. If you doubt there’s something deeply unnerving about these “cheesy” robots, remember that they inspired the survival horror game 5 Nights at Freddy’s.
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Execs at Chuck E. Cheese’s won’t admit that the house bands are terrifying; rather they insist that today’s pizza eating patrons have simply lost interest.
According to chief executive Tom Leverton, the company has a “strong hypothesis” that the bands will eventually be phased out at all locations. Instead, the chain will focus on live mascot performers. “It’s the biggest thing we’ve done for the look and feel of Chuck E. Cheese for two decades,” Leverton told CBS News (via Spin) about their new direction. “The kids stopped looking at the animatronics years and years ago, and they would wait for the live Chuck E. to come out.”
If you don’t have kids, have a look at the video below to remember just how disturbing the Chuck E. Cheese’s house bands really are!
For kicks, check out the video below from TPMvids: Top 10 Chuck E Cheese Animatronic Malfunctions | Chuck E. Cheese History!
Official Synopsis: Chuck E. Cheese restaurants are great entertainment centers that offer fun for the whole family! After the Disney animatronic malfunctions and your suggestions, here is some Chuck E Cheese history and the top 10 Chuck E Cheese Animatronic Malfunctions from Chuck E Cheese restaurants across North America. One of the main draws of the Chuck e Cheese restaurants has been its animatronic figures with the Chuck E Cheese Show. Some Showbiz Pizza Place restaurants had it’s own animatronic show, and they were converted to the Chuck E Cheese character animatronics. A lot of the animatronics are now showing their age and wear.