Sunday, July 01 2012 14:34

CHUCK E. CHEESE rocks with BOWLING FOR SOUP frontman...

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When a new single from CHUCK E. CHEESE hit the web this week (grab a FREE DOWNLOAD here) dangling that ''You've Never Seen Chuck E. ROCK Like This'', there was something very familiar going on. I sent a few unresponded tweets to Chuck E. Cheese HQ and to BOWLING FOR SOUP frontman JARET REDDICK to see if I could confirm that the voice of the new Chuck was in fact, the pop-punk vet. Well, it's been confirmed via Screen Magazine (a mag I was in once or twice for a disasterous film project that still better get made one day) that Reddick is Chuck in a reinvention of the popular pizza-peddling rat.

In the first of several TV spots (sadly, not embeddable - but watch here), Chuck E. Cheese is now to scale with the children that love him, and he's a rock star. This is a marked improvement from recent CEC commericals that I've long-felt were annoying, cheap, and made the kids look kinda... douchy.

I don't know about all of you, but I'm anxious to see more of Chuck E. Cheese in his new rock star reinvention.

Now, if only they had unity between the restaurants. I'm a big fan of the animatronics (like ShowBiz Pizza had), but it's weird how the experience has always been different on a case-by-case basis There's a ton of video on YouTube featuring all the latest in-restaurant shows. Check out user ChuckECheeseShows and prepare to kill some time.

You know what's interesting, according to Screen Magazine, the director of the commercial was Chris Smith. I wonder if it's the same Chris Smith that directed me in that Wendy's spot back in '08?

Stay tuned... 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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