Thursday, June 24, 2021

The rise, fall, rise, and fall again of Chuck E. Cheese, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse

When I told my readers "Stay tuned to see if I actually observe World UFO Day tomorrow," that's because I still had some doubts about it. Then I read that the official report would likely come out later this week, so I decided to postpone that post until the second World UFO Day on July 2nd. Instead, I'm following up on the bankruptcy of Chuck E. Cheese's with Yesterworld's The Rise & Fall of Showbiz Pizza Place & Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theatre.

Explore the history, origins and ultimate downfall of Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theatre & Showbiz Pizza Place: The Animatronic Pizza Parlor Icons of the 80's & 90's.
First, I think the preview image of the video was a bit too graphic for me to use it as the preview of this post on social media, which is why I replaced it with the screengrab at the top. Second, I like the story and presentation, but as someone whose family roots for the University of Utah, I have to take issue with the Utah State University sign; it doesn't belong in Nolan Bushnell's story. Otherwise, I appreciate this video's entertainment perspective to complement the business-oriented videos I've used to tell this story before. I've also never used a Yesterworld video for one of this blog's entries until now. Welcome to Crazy Eddie's Motie News, Mark!

Speaking of which, Disney Dan, whose videos I have used here before, also uploaded his own take on the topic, Chuck E. Cheese Costume Evolution. Fashion, sort of.

Time to dive into my second favorite mouse entertainer #ChuckECheese! His looks have gone all over the map from coyote to CGI. Let’s dive into the original 1977 Chuck E Cheese and explore all the costume variants!
I learned a lot in between laughing with Dan and I hope my readers did, too, including the blink and you'll miss it news that Chuck E. Cheese's parent company emerged from bankruptcy last December. Dan did the same thing with Geoffrey the Giraffe, the Toys R Us mascot. Stay tuned tomorrow for another light-hearted look at the Retail Apocalypse.

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