- "Munch" redirects here. For the 3-Stage character, see Munch Jr. For the show, see Munch's Make Believe Band.
Mr. Munch debuted in 1978 at the 2nd Pizza Time Theatre restaurant. He replaced Crusty the Cat. He was originally voiced by Scott Wilson. On Portrait/Shelf Stage, Munch was placed behind closed doors, similar to Pasqually. He originally had a scratchy voice, which later became a deep voice, before reverting back to the scratchy voice. He was originally portrayed as slower witted than the other characters. When the Rocker Stages and C-Stages debuted in 1987 and 1988, Munch was placed inside of a window, as was done with Pasqually. When Concept Unification occurred, Mr. Munch replaced Fatz Geronimo from ShowBiz Pizza as keyboardist, songwriter and band leader.
Mr. Munch originally appeared in November of 1978 at the opening of Pizza Time Theatre's second location. The idea for Mr. Munch came from Michael M. Hatcher, director of entertainment for Pizza Time Theater. Hatcher decided that the cast should have a monster character, and in order to make room for him, Crusty the Cat was removed. Early concept sketches for Mr. Munch by artist Debbie Barton show him in different colors. However, by the time his character design was completed, it was decided that he would be purple and yellow, as seen in his first appearance. Immediately following his introduction, Munch began to appear on Pizza Time Theater merchandise including an early plush doll, shirts, and a comic book.
Much like his appearance, Munch's personality has also remained very consistent. Like his name suggests, Mr. Munch is very fond of eating, particularly pizza. Often in shows he makes comments about his hunger and love of food, such as suggesting a "pizza break" when the show is over. Many of his songs are also about food. Throughout the restaurant's history, he's also been portrayed as slow and dim-witted, although still very friendly.
- ^ Pizza Time Theatre Promotional 1979 "Rat tales" Comic Book http://www.showbizpizza.com/info/promo/ptt/ptt_rattales.pdf
- ^ a b "Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater". VoiceChasers. http://voicechasers.com/database/showprod.php?prodid=1788. Retrieved 2013-01-13.