Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month, host Willa Paskin, Slate’s TV critic, takes on a cultural query, object, idea, or dependency and speaks with specialists, historians, and obsessives to try and parent out where it comes from, what it approach, and why it matters.
In the overdue 1970s, a new and uncommon restaurant chain concept emerged in California—video games plus awful pizza plus animatronic characters. The result becomes Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre, a trendy chain with a pizza rat for a mascot. But the strangeness handiest begins there.
Decoder Ring dives into the formation of Chuck E. Cheese’s and its rival, ShowBiz Pizza Place; the struggle among the 2; and the peculiar personalities of the mechanical animatronics that inhabited both stores and are nevertheless cherished with the aid of a pick institution of adults to this very day.
Decoder Ring talks to the founder and former personnel of Chuck E. Cheese’s, the author of ShowBiz Pizza’s Rock-afire Explosion, and a man who loves one Chuck E. Cheese’s individual specifically to carry you the tale of the Pizza Wars.
Links and also analyzing on a number of the things we discussed at the show:
• Jared Sanchez/The King’s YouTube web page
• Jared’s parody video and music for the Decoder Ring stay display on Youtube
• Aaron Fechter/the Rock-afire Explosion’s YouTube web page
• The King singing “Love Me Tender.”
• The early TV commercial for the Chuck E. Cheese’s characters
• Rock-afire Explosion performances from 1995
• An instructional video explaining “Concept Unification.”
• Jared and The King acting “Robots Are Good.”
• The Rock-afire Explosion appearing “Hips Don’t Lie.”
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