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Crusty the Cat was one of the first Pizza Time Players. He was dubbed "The Cat's Meow" in singing and joke telling, and he was Chuck E. Cheese's straight man.[1]

He only appeared in the three showtapes and was replaced with Mr. Munch by 1979.

History[]

Crusty debuted with the other Pizza Time Players at the grand opening of the first PTT location. Crusty was initially voiced by John Widelock in the demo shows, but would be voiced by Ed Bogas in later showtapes.

Crusty was noted to be a prominent character in the early days of PTT. A pizza on the menu was titled "Crusty's Vegetarian Delight".[1] He also appeared on promotional material or posters from the first location.

During development, Crusty was meant to be an unlucky character, hence the number 13 and black fur. He was apart of a baseball team called "Swingers", as seen on his jersey. His first animatronic consisted of whiskers, taller ears, eyebrows, and was fixed to a 2D backdrop. This animatronic would later be upgraded sometime between late 1977 to mid 1978 to Crusty’s second (and last) animatronic, which had no whiskers, more realistic cat-like eyes, shorter ears, and was now a 3D figure.

When the second PTT location came around, Crusty would be replaced by Mr. Munch permanently. Crusty would be retired from showtapes in 1978, but stayed at the first location until the animatronics were switched to Cyberamics in 1980-1981, in which Crusty would officially be marked extinct. He was the first retired CEC character.

The only guest stars he starred with were Helen Henny, Madame Oink, and Foxy Colleen. Despite the character being retired, Crusty's voice actor continued to work for PTT, voice acting Chuck E. Cheese in the Great All-American Pizza Show radio ad.[2]

Trivia[]

  • Crusty was referenced in the "Halloween Hijinks" special in a reversed message.[3]
    • As quoted: "I have tickets to see the Wingers baseball game tonight to see Crusty The Cat hit a homerun, go Wingers!"
      • His baseball team's name was pronounced wrong
  • In the US catalog records, a costume for Crusty was trademarked. This means that he possibly had a walkaround.[4]
  • In the jukebox skit, Crusty reveals that he was a mama's boy.

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Characters
Main Characters
Chuck E. CheeseHelen HennyMr. MunchJasper T. JowlsPasquallyBella Bunny
Secondary Characters
Nigel the SasquatchRonaldo ''Ronnie'' SagittarianMunch Jr.Munch's SiblingsJustin BeaverBobby BearRaoul the OwlPizza Protector 5000Ducky CheeseMike WolfCopernicusChef GregoryThe WhatnotsNessieFredKid Check CastmemberBillyBobbyBuddyMr. BrownGary GhostCarl CleanSeventy-SevenJingleJangleTalking Pumpkins • Vampire • Witch • Dino SummerThe LambDr. DestructenheimerDJ MunchRobot Chuck E.Purple Alien Chuck E.Muscular Chuck E.Pterodactyl Noise Chuck E.
Prop Characters
The WinkBuildingMoonPizzacamBird
Retired characters
Rick RatCrusty the CatThe WarblettesThe Mopsey SistersDolli DimplesThe Clapper BoardChett R. Cheese & Daisy CheeseMadame OinkFoxy ColleenSally SashayHarmony HowletteArtie AntlersB.B. BubblesDr. QuackThe OctopusFour Little ShaversThe Beach BowzersThe BeaglesCharlie CheeseWolfman ZappThe KingKing KatMonaSeymoreMr. KootchCharlie RockitThe BullhornsMr. MouthR.O.S.E.Larry the TechnicianThe Chuck E. KidsAstridFlapjackPeter & IvanDr. ZoomHarry the HermitMike ManleyWick LadderbackHank HowdyPepperoniDr. GoogleplexSteve WatersBettyLuluMunch's MotherSinging FlowersMarvin the Technology GuruHard Hat HankZoeySuper Chuck E.Super Jasper
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