Birra's curse has hit me. I just visited ThothLestat's profile and read his first 3 likes as: leather, tattoos, wicker
Mmm yeah baby
wicker is sexay!
don't deny it.
You're such a poser. Wicker is just scene, man. I'm looking for a hardcore rattan man!
oh, you're NAUGHTY, aren't you?
HEY! Great new idea...Aspire Land!
Let's populate it with lots and lots of characters! How about Mayor McBrad? He has a sticky note pad for a head and forgets where he sticks them.
The Morrinator - she shows Mayor McBrad where the sticky note should be placed while photographing the evidence.
Cooly Pai - the faithful pup o' coolness
Birra "Let's Watch the Monkeys Do It" O' Rummy - Bringer of techy stuff with a side order of "The ladies...and that guy... want me"
O'Rummy??? I'm not Irish!
I know I know...but the Italian just didn't have that ring to it!
I'd go there just for the happy meal prizes!
"Do you want fries with that?" would change into, "You wanna side-a pasta? AH? Cappeeeesh??"
Robble, Robble, Rob-mother F$#$ing son of a b$*!%!!!!!!!! WHY doesn't this program work the way it is supposed to?!?!?!? FAWK!
This all started when I was looking for an evil muffin for Morri, but then, doesn't everything start that way?
I had it in my head that there was an evil McDonaldland muffin...oddly, that seems to be the ONLY thing there never was. How many of these do you even remember? (Copied from Wikipedia)
Ronald McDonald, the primary icon of McDonald's characters.
Sundae, Ronald's dog
Grimace. Grimace is an anthropomorphic purple being. Initially, Grimace was the "Evil Grimace", with two pairs of arms with which to steal milkshakes. After that first campaign, the character was revised to be one of the "good guys", and his number of arms was reduced by two. Commercials and merchandise generally portrayed him as a well-meaning simpleton, whose clumsy antics provided a comic foil to Ronald McDonald. The character was retained after the streamlining of the characters in the '80s. He was voiced by Frank Welker.
The Hamburglar character was a thief that was dressed in a black-and-white hooped shirt and pants, a red cape, a wide-brimmed hat, and red gloves whose primary object of theft was hamburgers. The Hamburglar's early dialog was a continual muttering of "Robble, robble, robble." Later dialog included normal words in a child-like voice. He was voiced by Howard Morris and Charlie Adler until the character was retired.
Birdie the Early Bird was the first identifiably female character, introduced in 1980 to promote the company's new breakfast items. She is a yellow bird wearing a pink jumpsuit and flight cap and scarf. In the ads she is frequently portrayed as a poor flyer, and somewhat clumsy in general. Birdie's origin is explained in one old commercial: a giant egg falls from the night sky into McDonaldland, and Ronald McDonald decides to show the egg love. When the egg hatches, Birdie was so happy that she had already made friends that she decided to stay in McDonaldland. Birdie was voiced by Russi Taylor.
Fry Kids are characters used to promote McDonald's french fries. When they first appeared, they were called Gobblins and liked to steal and gobble up the other characters' french fries. Accompanying them was the "Keep Your Eyes on Your Fries" jingle. Their name was later changed to the Fry Guys, then the Fry Kids, as female characters (the "Fry Girls") were introduced. They are differently-colored, shaggy, ball-like creatures with long legs and no arms, almost resembling a pom-pon with legs and eyes. Most of the time they are mute, but when they speak they talk in some sort of gibberish. In other commercials, they all talk very quickly at once. Their only facial features are bulbous eyes and thick, black eyebrows. The characters were retained after the streamlining of the characters in the '80s.
Mayor McCheese has an enormous cheeseburger for a head, and sports a top hat, a diplomat's sash, and a pair of pince-nez spectacles. He is portrayed as a giggly, bumbling, somewhat incompetent mayor with a wavering, high-pitched voice that is reminiscent to that of comic actor Ed Wynn. The character was dropped during the streamlining of the characters in the 1980s, He did, however, appear in a 1999 McDonaldland VHS entitled Have Time, Will Travel. He has also appeared in several episodes of the animated TV series Family Guy.
Officer Big Mac: In addition to McDonald's signature sandwich, Big Mac was the name of a character in McDonaldland. He was similar to Mayor McCheese in that he had a large Big Mac for a head, except he was the chief of police and as such he wore a constable uniform. As the main source of law and order in McDonaldland, he spent most of his time chasing the Hamburglar and Captain Crook. He was featured in several of the campaign's commercials throughout the late '70s and early '80s. The character was dropped during the streamlining of the characters in the '80s.
Captain Crook was a pirate and is similar in appearance to the famed Captain Hook from Disney's 1953 movie Peter Pan. Unlike the Hamburglar, this villain spent his time trying to steal Filet-O-Fish sandwiches from citizens of McDonaldland while avoiding being caught by Big Mac, the Chief of police of McDonaldland. As part of the nautical theme of the character, Captain Crook used ships and waterways as means to escape being captured. In his final appearances, he was renamed simply "The Captain" and his character design made less sinister. The character was dropped during the streamlining of the characters in the '80s.
The Hamburger Patch is part of the fictional city of McDonaldland where McDonald's hamburgers "grew" like fruit on plants from the Hamburger Patch. Even though hamburgers in McDonaldland were anthropomorphized and spoke, they were picked by characters such as Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar for consumption. Advertisements featuring the Hamburger Patch were shown as evidence during the McLibel court case in the United Kingdom. During questioning by defendants, McDonald's Senior Vice President of Marketing David Green admitted that showing the reality of meat production "would not be very appetizing". The Hamburger Patch also featured in books and toys used to promote McDonald's. The characters were dropped during the streamlining of the characters in the '80s.
Iam Hungry was a short-lived McDonaldland character. He was introduced in 1998 and dropped in the early 2000s. The character was a floating green fuzzball with orange arms and a monstrous face. He would often appear when Ronald was dining with kids and would constantly crave food; he would never leave them alone until he got fed.
CosMc was a temporary character from McDonaldland. He was featured in a series of McDonald's commercials in 1990 when the McDonaldland gang went to the moon. CosMc was an alien who wore a large space suit, and he talked like a surfer dude. CosMc was featured as a character in the video game, M.C. Kids.
The Happy Meal Gang (Cheeseburger, soft drink, and fries, all regular size) (later joined by the McNugget Buddies)
The Professor, a mad scientist type character in a lab coat. He was introduced in 1971.
That was really more than I ever wanted to know...
Well.. you know, it's a lot of effort to successfully sell poison...
(I used to do marketing for McDonalds, and it's not really that hard to sell poison, especially to children)
Oi.. another trip down memory lane there.. thanks.. O.o
I like the old marketing way better than the current, but then again I love the 80s :)
I'm finding a little time now and again. For a while there, I barely was able to even log on.
I'm hugely busy with the build/reconstruction site and with our big fundraising gala in November. (By the way, we'll be recruiting sponsorships soon, so if you or your business is interested, please let me know.) We will also be doing a silent auction (If you want to donate something to auction, let me know.)
It's going to be an amazing brunch with live music (an awesome talent who packed people in at Jazz Fest. We're so excited to have her.) There will be stations set up all around where the food is cooked before you - gorgeous grits and grillades or grits and shrimp, an omelette bar, etc...and we'll have a bar serving mimosas and bloody marys. It will be set in a beautiful Louisiana plantation house, too!
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