CEC Entertainment Inc., owner of the kids-themed restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese, is likely to turn some heads in the music community thanks to their recent “makeover”announcement. Unil the announcement first made by the associated press on this past Thursday, the mascot had been voiced for 19 years by Duncan Brannan. In addition to Chuck E Cheese, Brannan has made a name for himself as the voice actor behind such beloved children’s characters as PBS’ Barny The Dinosaur. Well, Brannan’s obvious qualifications aside, the torch of voice acting duties is now being passed to Jaret Reddick, the lead singer of Pop Punk band Bowling For Soup.
According to reports, Brannan was in no way fond of this transition, or even aware of it. He says he learned of the Switch by listening to “Chuck’s Hot New Single” and recognized that it “was clearly not my voice.” Brannan claims that he saw the character changing, and approached CEC exects about these very concerns, because he was getting called in to do less and less work, but they assured him he had nothing to worry about. As a result, when the change did occur he described himself as being both, hurt, and surprised.
“Why CEC, Inc. chose to do this, or do it in this manner, one can only speculate and that is not my place,” he said. “The fact is I am grateful for the time I have had to do this, to be ‘Chuck E.’ — grateful to God for the appointment and grateful to the people at CEC, Inc. for the opportunity.”
If being the voice of Chuck E. Cheese for any length of time has meant anything to me, it was never about a paycheck because God will always provide for His children in one way or another,” he said. “No. What it was about, what my sincere hope is that you — you Fans, you parents, and all you kids who have loved Chuck E. Cheese over the years — have seen, heard, or experienced Jesus Christ in and through my life in some way. For He is all that matters, now and for all eternity.”
CEC Entertainment wouldn’t make a comment about their decision to recast. The only thing that can be inferred by us looking at the situation is that the company appeared to want to shift the character’s role to have more contemporary music based elements. Perhaps CEC execs decided on Reddick because of his recent experience fullfilling that roll specifically for the kid market. Away from his Pop Punk band Bowling For Soup, he is famous for singing the theme song to the Disney Channel cartoon, Phineas and Ferb. In addition to the show’s theme, Reddick has also been responsible for writing several of the show’s songs, and making appearances as the lead singer to the show’s fictional rock bandnown as Love Handle.
Reddick’s biggest hit with Bowling For Soup came in 2004 with the song 1985. It managed to peak at number 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The song became popular because of its tung and cheek look at a mom stuck in a nostalgic view of the iconic Pop/Rock stars from 1985.
Phineas and Ferb Theme song
From: Disney Channel
Bowling For Soup
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