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Helen Henny is a vocalist (formerly tambourine player) and bassist of Munch's Make Believe Band at Chuck E. Cheese's. Although not officially a musician in stage setups, Helen is commonly seen playing either bass or tambourine in most showtapes and artwork. She typically pink and white striped dress. Helen replaced Mitzi Mozzarella from ShowBiz Pizza Place, and the other guest stars from the Pizza Time Theatre. She is still a present member of the band.
When Helen first debuted in 1978, she was a parody of Australian folk singer Helen Reddy, as a guest for the portrait stage. This version of Helen was more goose than chicken-like in her appearance, and played a guitar. She had long, straight brown hair and wore a purple vest, white shirt, and black choker.
A year later, she appeared as a cabaret act. As a full-bodied animatronic for the first time, her design was changed. This time, she had a more chicken-like face and her hair was curled. She wore a blue shimmery dress with a gold vest, red boots, and a gold headband. She still played guitar, and sat on a stage made up of luggage.
Helen's next guest appearance was in 1983, first appearing on the balcony stage. Her personality was changed to become an old Broadway diva, and her showtapes featured songs from different musicals. She also developed a tic of constantly clucking, which would occur throughout the rest of her PTT era appearances. She was redesigned yet again, with her hair color changed to black and white feathers. She also wore more heavy makeup and a red glittery dress. Helen was the last guest star, because PTT's 1984 bankruptcy made the introduction of new guest stars impossible. Therefore, Helen became a permanent member of the cast, being added to the C Stage and Rocker Stage in the late 1980s. During this time, her outfit was slightly changed, her dress lost its glitter and became polka-dotted (like Minnie Mouse's dress) to make her a more versatile character
On the Concept Unification prototype stage, Helen retained her late 80s appearance, and was supposed to play the keyboard, using Dook's mech. However, Showbiz Pizza Time executives liked the kid appeal of the Rock-Afire Explosion's band format, so the stage was radically redesigned into the 3 Stage. During this transition, one of the most desirable elements of the Rock-Afire was Mitzi Mozzarella's marketability to young girls. As Helen was an old hen, she didn't have that same appeal. Thus, the decision was made to "Mitzify" Helen. Her new design, first present on the 3-Stage, had her hair in pigtails, a more youthful face, and a black dress with a frilly purple skirt. She gained a sweet and cheerful personality, also. Eventually, this new design made Helen the second most seen character on merchandise, behind Chuck E himself. During this time, she was voiced by Karisa McKinney, but Annagrey Labasse provided her singing voice starting in 1992 with the "Environment" showtape.
It was also during this time that Helen began developing feelings for Chuck E. as well.
Beginning with the 1996 Awesome Adventure Machine tape, Helen's feather hair color was changed to yellow, and she now sported a green cheerleader dress, making her even more similar to Mitzi. However, most animatronics still kept her original appearance, with some stores, as well as Dept. 18's show, updating her hair color accordingly over the years. Her personality was still consistent, but she began to develop a romantic relationship with Chuck E., as mentioned in several showtapes and the Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000 film. With Chuck's purple and green "avenger" outfit becoming his standard look in the early 2000's, Helen was seen in a purple cheerleader outfit in the showtape footage (though most store walkarounds still retained the green outfit).
Rockstar Era (2012-Present)Edit
In 2014, two years after Rockstar Chuck debuted, Helen Henny also received her new Rockstar look along with the rest of the Make Believe Band. Her hair is now in a ponytail instead of pigtails, and she wears a pink striped dress with blue bows and bellbottom-esque jeans. Her crush on Chuck E. is not as apparent as before. Her personality has also been further tweaked, making her an avid fan of arcade games. Since 2016, she has been voiced by Caroline Richardson, with a higher and younger-sounding voice than Labasse's.
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