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Chuck E. Cheese retires its 'Pizza Time Players' band

Animatronic band started in 1977

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DETROIT – You may have thought this band was creepy, but many thought it was awesome.

Chuck E. Cheese is saying goodbye to one of its staples - The Pizza Time Players Band.

The animatronic band featuring various Chuck E. Cheese characters performing songs were a big hit just a decade or so ago, after starting in the 1977, but apparently they haven't aged well.

Tom Leverton, CEO, told NPR that it was time to make a change.

"Back then, kids' expectations of technology were much, much lower," he says. "A child today has such high expectations for entertainment that the animatronics, even at their absolute best, can't live up to those expectations."

The problem is, says Leverton, "what we need to focus on is creating that magic for the new generation of kids that are coming in for the first time."

It's unclear if the band is breaking up due to a riff between characters, but we've reached out to their manager for comment. 

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