Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2012 10:54 AM
Chuck E. Cheese, the namesake mascot (mousecot?) of the pizza restaurant/kids arcade chain that was founded by the founder of Atari, is getting a makeover.
Following a teaser campaign on Facebook, the cartoon-like kid-appealing critter is getting hipper and adding some rock star 'tude (which keeping the purple and green t-shirt) via a national ad campaign in the U.S. that will break on July 5th. The new voice of Chuck also brings rock star cred to the character: Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Bowling for Soup.
According to comments by CEC Entertainment CMO Scott McDaniel to Screen, the goal of the mascot refresh is to
"contemporize Chuck E. Cheese in a very respectful and engaging fashion. Chuck E. is the hero at the heart of our restaurants. For the first time in years, we’re changing the way we communicate with our key patrons – kids.” The “Chuck E. Rocks” campaign comprises television, digital and in-store components. Four TV spots, “Belonging,” “Fun,” “Power” and “Birthdays,” each named for something a child experiences at Chuck E. Cheese’s, showcase kids doing what they do best at Chuck E. Cheese’s – having fun."
“In this new campaign, we’ve taken the iconic Chuck E. Cheese mouse and turned him into a rock star,” added Rhonda Zahnen, principal at (CEC agency) The Richards Group, to Screen. “It’s the perfect evolution of the brand and one that will speak directly to kids."
Agree? Take one last look at the Chuck that's being chucked out and post a comment below.