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Munch's Make Believe Band (sometimes called Munch's Party Time Band or Chuck E.'s Make Believe Band (abbreviated as MPTB & CMBB.)) is Chuck E. Cheese's rock band and the official stage band featured at Chuck E. Cheese locations since 1989. The MMBB configuration was first used on the 3-Stage and the Road Stage. It replaced the Pizza Time Players.

Development[]

Conceived and debuting in 1989 as a way to phase out The Rock-afire Explosion without removing some of their desirable elements, Munch's Make Believe Band incorporated the Pizza Time Players in a band-style setup through Concept Unification. This setup, called the 3-Stage, was installed in most ShowBiz Pizza locations, shortly there after, and took one week to complete.[1] While the construction went on, ShowBiz ran "The Rolfe and Earle Show", a compilation showtape hosted by Rolfe and Earl, that informed guests of the Rock-afire's removal, and later conversion. This showtape was the final Rock-afire tape produced for ShowBiz Pizza.

As sales improved at ShowBiz locations with the 3-Stage, ShowBiz Pizza Time (the merged company of ShowBiz and Chuck E. Cheese's) decided to bring Munch's Make Believe Band to Chuck E. Cheese's locations, first with the Road Stage, then with the 1, 1/2, and 2-Stages.

Nine years after Munch's Make Believe Band debuted, Chuck E. Cheese's attempted to phase the band out ever since the introduction of Studio C in 1997. The reason was because the animatronics were becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and, due to a lack of security, they were (and still are) highly susceptible to vandalism. The CU 1-Stage was introduced to replace 3-Stages in 2010, with it being installed at three locations. This stage notably changed the name of the band to Chuck E.'s Make Believe Band.

In January 2017, as part of Chuck E. Cheese's 40th anniversary, a remake of the Concept Unification demo skit with the current Chuck E. Cheese puppets and voice actors was produced.

In August 2017, it was announced the animatronics would be retired in favor of the restaurant's upcoming test remodel, which in turn replaces them with the Chuck E. Live Stage dance floor. The band still appears as part of the restaurant TV segments.

It was announced in late 2019 that all locations would get the 2.0 remodel, but due to the pandemic and the bankruptcy, they stopped until 2021. However, Northridge, CA's 2.0 remodel retains the animatronics as the first (and currently only) "retro store" as of May 2024. The official opening was held on November 10, 2023. At the reopening, it was announced that Northridge, CA would be the first Munch's Make Believe Band Residency, which means the location will permanently host Munch's Make Believe Band on the 2-Stage Live Stage. This is apart of the "retro store" remodel and may happen to future locations.

Description[]

The animatronic band appears at each Chuck E. Cheese branch, presented alongside video TV segments known as showtapes, which change every few months. The animatronics are programmed to lip-sync with the showtape's audio and music. Some of the songs performed by the band are covers by older artists and bands, while others are original. However, the covers were phased out after the September 2014 Showtape and originals became more prominent.

The stages differ per location, but the order is always consistent. Chuck E. is always at stage right, Munch at center stage, and Pasqually at stage left; Helen stands second to stage right while Jasper is second to stage left. Some stages, like the 2-Stage and Road Stage, have Chuck E. separate from the main stage and has his own stage and curtain at stage right, and Chuck E.'s usual position is accompanied by a TV monitor projecting the showtapes. For the 3-stage, Helen, Munch, and Jasper are always on the middle stage, and Chuck E. and Pasqually have their own separate stages placed to either side.

When the band was first introduced, like the Pizza Time Players, the stage's curtains would rise at the beginning of each segment and lower when the segment was over; for the 2-Stage, Road Stage, and 3-Stage variants, Chuck E. and Pasqually's curtains would close if the upcoming song does not feature either of them. The curtains were disabled in mid-2005 due to malfunctions and complaints from the guests, before being removed from the stage all together. The curtains would later return in 2023, currently exclusive to the Northridge, CA location.

Members[]

Image Character Instruments Species Gender Voice
Rockstar2012 Chuck E. Cheese Lead Vocals/Electric Guitar Mouse/Rat Male Scott Wilson (1989 - 1993)
Duncan Brannan (January 1994-November 1997; July 1998- June 2012)
Jeff Cosco (August 1995 - January 1996, singing voice only)
Jeremy Blaido (1997 - 1998, Studio C Diagnostics (1st version)/Studio C Premiere; Interactive Console)
Jaret Reddick (June 2012 - present)
HelenSolo Helen Henny Vocals/Electric Guitar/Tambourine Chicken Female Nancy Lenihan (1989–1991)
Karlisa McKinney (1991–2000)
Stephanie Nadolny (1994-1995)
Cathy Turner (August 1995; January–April 1996)
Georgia Denney (1999, Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000)
Heather Garner (1999, Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000; singing for "The Real Me")
Annagrey Labasse (1992–2000 (singing voice only)/2000-2016 speaking and singing)
Caroline Richardson (2016-present)
Keyboard Mr. Munch Vocals/Keyboards/DJ Purple Monster/Alien Male Scott Wilson (1989–1993)
Duncan Brannan (1994, 1996-1999)
Doug Teel (1994–1995)
Unknown (August 1995; speaking voice only)
John Bowen (1999–2014)
Chris Hill (2014–present)
JasperSolo Jasper T. Jowls Vocals/Electric Guitar/Bass Guitar Dog Male Bob West (1989–1998)
Duncan Brannan (singing voice 1994, speaking voice 1996-1997)
Jeremy Blaido (1999–2011, 2012- present)
Robert Gotcher (1992, 2011, 2012)
PasquallySolo Pasqually P. Pieplate Vocals/Drummer Human/Italian Pizza Chef Male Bob West (1989–1994; August 1995; 1996 - 1998)
Joel McCrary (1994-1995)

Doug Moncrief (August 1995- January 1996 singing voice)
Duncan Brannan (1996, 1997, 1999)
Earl Fisher (1999-Present)
Jeremy Blaido (2012-2014 singing voice)

Bella playing the tambourine Bella Bunny Vocals/Tambourine Bunny/Rabbit Female Vanessa Marroquin (2018)
Unknown (2019-present)

Gallery[]

Stages[]

Art[]

Characters[]

Chuck E. Cheese[]

Helen Henny[]

Mr. Munch[]

Jasper T. Jowls[]

Pasqually[]

Bella Bunny[]

References[]

  1. "Concept Unification Installation, Part 1". ShowBiz Pizza Time. Retrieved on 2013-01-09.
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