Crusty the Cat debuted with the rest of the Pizza Time Players in 1977 and early 1978, in San Jose California. Crusty was nicknamed "The Cat's Meow" and was Chuck E.'s right hand man. After appearing in the first two showtapes, he was replaced by Mr. Munch, in 1978, making him the first character to be retired. He was voiced by John Widelock, who also provided the voice for Chuck E.