Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000
Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000 is a 1999 direct-to-video film that was based upon Chuck E. Cheese's CEC TV. It premiered on October 5, 1999 in CEC restaurants and Target stores. The plot is that a boy named Charlie Rockit needs $50,000 to fix his aunt and uncle's tractor engine, so Chuck E. and friends go to the Galaxy 5000 to win the money in a race.
Charlie Rockit's aunt and uncle is in danger of losing their farm because they need $50,000 to replace their tractor. To raise the money, Chuck E. Cheese, Jasper T. Jowls, Mr. Munch and Helen Henny decide to race in the Galaxy 5000 on the planet Orion (to which they travel via Pasqually's Awesome Adventure Machine).
They face many challenges, including a racing vehicle that is practically junk, cheating competitors, and a girl named Astrid whom Chuck falls for but who's only interested in the prize money. Everything seems to go from bad to worse for Chuck, but just when he is at his lowest point, he meets a hermit named Harry who gets him to believe in himself and helps him train for the race.
During the race, Chuck overcomes the cheaters' maneuvers, getting stuck in a forest, and his own self-doubts to reach the finish line. After winning the prize, Chuck and his friends head home.
Why It Sucks
- Wonky camera work. In some scenes, the camera constantly shakes, making the viewer feel dizzy.
- It’s never explained why Pasqually isn’t a costumed character, yet Chuck E., Helen, Munch and Jasper are.
- The mouths on the costumes of Chuck E, Helen, Munch, and Jasper don’t move a lot, which unintentionally makes them look very creepy.
- Due to the characters sharing the same remote signals between them, making the wrong character’s eyes or mouth move is a common mistake made throughout the film.
- Poorly written jokes, such as “Maybe you could say that today’s race separated the mice from the men."
- Awkward scenes, such as when Munch and Jasper randomly decide to start singing “Do Re Mi” from GMW and when Helen goes on a rant on how humans mistreat chickens.
- Charlie’s acting is very wooden and stiff.
- There are several instances of discrepancy.
- Jasper suggests that the gang all get jobs to help Charlie get money, but they already have jobs. They sing in a band at a pizza arcade joint!
- The X-Pilots are apparently still allowed to compete in the race, even though they got disqualified the previous year for cheating.
- Helen starts hanging out with the X-Pilots after they win the race, despite the fact that she is clearly disturbed when they try to hit on her and also calls them “bullies” and “jerks”.
- It is unknown how Chuck E. suddenly knows about Vega 3 and Jasper knows about Dead Man's Canyon, even though they never competed in the Galaxy 5000 before.
- There are some downright disturbing scenes.
- In one scene, Jasper suggests that the gang get jobs at the Chicken Palace, despite the fact that Helen is a chicken. That’s like telling a human to go work at a restaurant that serves human meat as food!
- The X-Pilots hit on Helen, which is basically bestiality.
- The X-Pilots and Dr. Zoom plan to extract bodily fluid from Helen to produce Zoom Gas. Which is very creepy and could even be a metaphor for rape!
- The songs are very corny, feel very out of place and serve as filler throughout the movie.
- Pasqually just up and leaves the restaurant to compete in the race with the rest of the gang. Assuming that he’s the only chef at Chuck E. Cheese’s, that means there would be no more pizza for the customers.
- The CGI used for the Galaxy 5000 race on the planet Orion is very cheesy and unrealistic, even for 1999 standards.
- The X-Pilots are little more than Russian/Austrian stereotypes.
- After the gang gets to Orion, the plot about Charlie’s aunt and uncle needing money is forgotten about until the end of the movie.
- Poorly written love triangle amongst Chuck E, Helen, and Astrid, with Helen having a crush on Chuck E, Chuck E falling for Astrid, then acting like a jerk to Helen. Not to mention that Chuck E’s relationship with Astrid is creepy due to Chuck E being a giant mouse and Astrid being a human, which, again, is bestiality. Later, Astrid is revealed to be incredibly self-absorbed and only cares about the prize money than him.
- Chuck E is supposed to be the hero, but is incredibly unlikable in some scenes, such as when he writes Helen off as “one of the guys” just so he can get closer to Astrid, and when Helen runs away crying, he has the nerve to wonder what’s “ruffling her feathers”.
- Uncertain target audience. The movie has certain themes that appeal to older viewers, like love triangles and the Zoom Gas metaphor. However, practically no one over the age of 7 hangs out at Chuck E. Cheese’s, which makes this movie too childish for older viewers, yet too mature for younger viewers.
- Photosensitive epilepsy risk: The scene where Jasper gets electrocuted by the wires in the racing vehicle contains a lot of flashing lights that could possibly give sensitive viewers seizures, similar to the Pokemon episode "Electric Soldier Porygon".
- The racing scenes are incredibly boring and drag on forever.
- Pasqually practically disappears after the gang goes to Orion.
- The effects of Zoom Gas are eerily similar to drugs.
- All of the characters outside of the main 5 (Chuck E, Helen, Jasper, Munch, and Pasqually) are very bland and only exist as plot devices.
- Hermit and Pasqually share the same accent, mustache, and almost the same appearance, and possibly played by the same actor. showing how lazy the production values were. Chuck E even lampshades this.
- Even though the costumes are creepy, they're still well-made.
- The ending isn't too bad.
- Good voice-acting for Chuck E, Helen, Munch and Jasper.
- A few funny moments here and there.
- Pasqually and Jasper are probably the only tolerable characters.
- Even though the songs are out of place, there are some very good songs such as "Snowball's Chance In Texas", "Zoom Gas", and "I Know I Can".
The movie received negative reviews from Chuck E. Cheese fans and from movie critics in general, with many criticizing the plot, production values and characters. Funimation, the studio that produced this movie, has since regretted making this.