[[caption-width-right:270:Where a kid can be a kid.]]
Chuck E. Cheese's is a chain of family entertainment centers. Chuck E. Cheese's is the main brand of CEC Entertainment, Inc., which has its headquarters in Irving, Texas.

The concept is a sit-down pizza restaurant with arcade games, amusement rides, an animatronic show, and indoor playground equipment called Sky Tubes that are all directed primarily at children. The brand is represented by Chuck E. Cheese, an anthropomorphic mouse.

Chuck E. Cheese's, originally referred to as Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre, was founded in 1977 by Creator/{{Atari}} founder Creator/NolanBushnell. It was officially labeled as the first family restaurant to integrate food, animated entertainment, and an indoor arcade. Pizza Time Inc., began to suffer financially in the mid-eighties due in part to TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 before its purchase by rival Showbiz Pizza, Inc. Under the name Showbiz Pizza Time Inc. (currently CEC Entertainment,) both concepts were run side-by-side for several years. Eventually the decision was made to convert all locations into Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants,[[note]]In the U.S. only, at least. In Mexico and the Middle East, they kept the Showbiz Pizza name there instead, possibly because it was easier to pronounce in both Spanish and Arabic.[[/note]] i which meant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXCrVNEwGxM replacing the cosmetics on the Rock-Afire Explosion animatronics]] in order to [[DolledUpInstallment turn the characters into Chuck E. Cheese and his friends]] [[note]]Rock-Afire Explosion animatronics are still in operation in various parts of the United States including an operational Billy Bob's Wonderland in Barboursville, WV[[/note]]. A good handful of these are still around; Any time you walk into a Chuck E. Cheese's with an animatronic show split up onto three stages, that store used to be a Showbiz Pizza.

In 2012, Chuck E. Cheese's announced that their mascot would receive a major makeover to make the rodent look thinner and more like a rock star. Chuck E's previous voice actor Creator/DuncanBrannan was replaced by Music/JaretReddick, lead singer of the musical group ''Music/BowlingForSoup''.

TropeNamer for SuckECheeses.

[[http://www.showbizpizza.com/ See this website to see the largest online archive of anything Chuck E. Cheese related]].

!!Associated Tropes:

* AnthropomorphicShift: He was originally a FunnyAnimal, but now, he is a PettingZooPerson.
* ArtEvolution: In the 1970s, Chucky had looked more like a rat than a mouse. Then in the mid-1990s he looked more like a mouse.
* ArtShift: For most of the commercials he was 2-D animated. In 2012, then switched to CGI which gave him a re-design and shorten to the size of a normal rodent (which is rather awkward considering most places still have the robot shows.)
* BarBrawl: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD5wxx_kmso It happens more often than one would expect from a children's pizzeria]]. Alcohol, heightened emotions, and sources of stress - both within and outside the restaurant - are all contributing factors.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: The mascot.
* FunnyAnimal: The mascot in his early days.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: The mascot originally.
* NiceHat: Chuck E.'s former red derby hat.
* NiceMice: Currently.
* PettingZooPeople: The mascot.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The mascot was bigger than Disney/MickeyMouse before 2012. He is a mouse the size of a rat (and smaller than Mickey) these days.
* TotallyRadical: Between the mid '90s and 2012.
* TwoDecadesBehind: The mascot, as well as the restaurant itself (save the arcade machines,) seemed to be stuck in this TotallyRadical time capsule of the late '80s/early '90s until very recently. Think if Burger King had never done away with or updated the Burger King Kids Club mascots.
* YouDirtyRat: Averted or at least subverted with the early incarnation of the mascot, although the comic books (yes, there were comic books) did have a rat antagonist.

'''Tropes from the animatronic shows include''':
* AwesomeButImpractical: Jasper T. Jowls once handled an actual banjo... which damaged his arm as well as the banjo itself.
* BigEater: Chuck E.'s friend, Mr. Munch. He seems to love just about anything edible, but pizza is of course his favorite.
* CallBack: The [[http://www.showbizpizza.com/ptp/stages/studioc-beta.html Studio C Beta stage setup]] includes a clock in the background that says "Pizza Time," a clear reference to Chuck E. Cheese's ''Pizza Time Theatre''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the restaurant chain is restricted in how much space and money they can dedicate to their animatronic characters.
** Crusty, one of the original characters, was eventually replaced by Mr. Munch.
** Numerous side characters - including guest stars and side attractions - went as quickly as they came.
* DiscoDan: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with disco singer Sally Sashay, who was discontinued once the [[DeaderThanDisco/{{Disco}} disco backlash]] occurred.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Anyone who looks into the restaurant's history will be surprised to know how different things were when it was still Pizza Time Theater: there were [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a wider variety of characters]], different [[ArtEvolution character designs]] and [[CharacterizationMarchesOn personalities]], and stage designs that would seem unorthodox to any kid born after TheEighties (the original restaurant didn't even have a stage, but a portrait show).
* ShoutOut / TakeThat: The Fall 2013 show introduced a new character, a beaver antagonist. His name? [[Music/{{JustinBieber}} Justin]].
* SmellySkunk: Sally Sashay, the singer with a beautiful voice and an awful smell. Scent-related jokes were frequently made at her expense.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Helen Henny. The now-discontinued guest stars (which Helen was originally a part of) also served this role.
* StraightMan: Crusty played one to Chuck E. during his tenure.
* TeamChef: Pasqually. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because the characters are in a pizzeria.
* TheArtifact: Starting with CU they introduced a winking head of Chuck E on the center stage valance. It orginally had it's own music but by 94 the music has all but been dropped (Despite briefly coming back in 2011) The wink is still programmed in however making it more random then a cue into intermission