1982 Articulated Chuck Walkaround

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The Shafton Inc. Articulated Chuck E. Cheese head as seen in Smile America (1982)

The 1982 Advertisement Campaign for Pizza Time Theatre introduced the first articulated head for Chuck E. Cheese onto televisions throughout the nation from 1982 to 1991. The remote-controlled head has been a concept that has predated that of technology Disney would develop throughout the 80's up to today for their costumes.

Design

The walkaround originally wore a checkered vest with the rat tail pinned to it and a derby without the Pizza Time Theatre name. And is also one of the only Pizza Time Theatre walkarounds to also have paws.


The head (along with Mr. Munch, Jasper, and Pasqually articulated heads created for Pizza Time Theatre commercials at the time) was manufactured by now-defunct Shafton Inc. of North Hollywood, CA.[1] The company has been known for other costumes and special effects for its lifetime, notably for Dreamworks, Universal, Warner Bros, and Sesame Workshop.[2]

The updated Shafton Inc. Articulated Chuck E. Cheese head as seen in Alien Family (1991)


In 1984, the costume was updated to have a new derby and vest to reflect on slight updates to Chuck E's general design. In 1986, the costume would make yet another appearance but with white gloves substituting for his regular paws. This would mark the final appearance of the costume in this form before being placed in temporary retirement for about 5 years.


It is speculated that around 1991, the head had received a major overhaul. Its derby, ears, teeth, eyes and eyelids were all redesigned to have a friendlier and softer appearance. The whiskers were removed for this update and the eyelid mechanic would be inverted to allow Chuck E. to raise his eyelids instead of lowering them (possibly to match a change in personality to his character). This new look would appear in at least 4 commercials (all airing in 1991) before the costume in general would be officially retired.


Known commercials featured in:

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