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McDonald's by BrendanCorris McDonald's by BrendanCorris

Remember when McDonald’s was fun? We had McDonald Land, a magical place where all of our burger-loving buddies hung out and went on adventures. McDonald’s was more than just your fat fix back then, it was a universe for kids to become immersed in. These characters would appear in commercials regularly, were often the subject of happy meal toys, activity place-mats, donned the packaging and theme for products like cookies, and even had life-sized replicas all about the restaurant, mostly on the playground out front. McDonald’s was all about fun, then. But then people who were either, aimlessly angry, stupid, or just bad parents complained that the characters were making their kids fatter, despite the fact that the characters have been gone for almost two decades and parents are still taking their kids to McDonald’s on a regular basis and they’re getting fatter than ever. I myself ate far more WackDonald’s when I got older and the characters were gone than I did when they were around in my youth. If a parent feels they are powerless to restrict themselves from taking children there, it’s not the fault of puppets, it’s the fault of their own bad parenting.

But, anyway, here’s the run down on who all these wackos are:

RONALD MCDONALD - We ALL know who Ronald is. He’s the most famous fast food mascot of all time and arguably one of the most famous mascots of any kind. While he does represent a terribly unhealthy lifestyle, at least he taught good morals in his commercials, and he’s got a great charity.

GRIMACE - What the hell is Grimace you ask? Well… no idea. He originated as a character to advertise their drinks, namely milkshakes (for some reason I can’t figure out) and was even a villain in his earliest appearances, as well as having four arms.

BIRDIE - Birdie “the early bird”, the only major female character in the McDonald’s cast, was created to promote their breakfast products. She and Grimace sort of became Ronald’s main two friends by the late 80s and early 90s.

BIG MAC - There’s no mystery to what product this guy represents. For whatever reason, he’s a cop, modeled after a London police officer. I always found it kind of nasty that this dude has massive ground chunks of a dead cow in his mouth at all times.

HAMBURGLAR - The hamburglar is the most famous villain in the batch. While he is a villain, many times he was just hanging out with the other characters in a friendly way. He’s probably my favorite McDonald’s character. He’s a bastard.

MAYOR MCCHEESE - The mayor of McDonald Land, Mayor McCheese promoted cheeseburgers. Again, like Big Mac, he always has wads of meat in his mouth. Burger heads are pretty gross once you think about i.

MOON MAN - Considered the more adult-oriented mascot, the short lived Moon Man promoted McDonald’s then new later or all night hours. Singing a parody of “Mac the Knife” as “Mac Tonight”, this lounge singing moon painted the picture of late night McDonald’s as a classy affair. Pretty silly in retrospect, but a cool dude. I completely forgot about this guy until watching 80s commercial compilations a few years ago.

CAPTAIN CROOK - This guy is the only one I don’t personally recognize. He was being phased out around my time, but the Captain was basically the Hamburglar of Fillet-o-Fish sandwiches. No surprise he was cut. Who cares if you steal the most unpopular item that never goes away on Mc’s menu? “Someone’s taking all the cheeseburgers!” ”STOP HIM!” “And someone’s taking all the Filet-o-Fish sandwiches!” “oh….well OK”

COSMC - Not sure what this guy was promoting, but he was one of the last Mickey D’s characters ever made, and came out in either the tail end of the 80s or the dawn of the 90s, when there was year 2000 future hype everywhere, so they had to do an alien I guess. I never cared too much about him upon his debut but while drawing him I really appreaciated how fun his design was.

Now, there’s obviously more McDonald’s characters, like the tree, or even the first character they ever had, Speedee, but I just wanted to draw my favorites or the ones I’m most nostalgic for. Shame I couldn’t fit the Fry Guys. Those litle things were adorable.

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:iconxxrobotchaoxx:
XxRobotChaoxX Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
RAN RAN RU MOTHERF**KER
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Th3Tur3GodMrbl3ach Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
It my nigga moon man
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FastFoodGames Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Student Artist
We need a mario kart version of McDonaldland. Oh! And a super smash bros of all the fast food mascots of the fast food restaurants. Great job dude!! I recognize all of them.
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Rolling-Cube Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Its a shame about all of the moonman memes, he was a prettycool mascot.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It wasn't parents who complained, it was the Kroffts. Sid and Marty Krofft were hired to design the McDonaldland stuff, but it didn't work out, and McDonald's ended up hiring people who worked under them to do the designs. So the Kroffts sued them and won, and that's why most of those mascots got phased out over time.
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CaptainVigilante Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
I too miss the Fry Kids...
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
Yeah, they were awesome little guys
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neuroticchaos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
They need to bring them back and replace those creepy ugly CGI box nightmares.
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
Yeah, they really need to bring them back. So many great yet now wasted characters.
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10th-letter Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Excellent work.
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Thanks
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MetaFalcario23 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
:iconmoonmanplz: E  N J O Y  Y O U R S E L F
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MISTERBIGT Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hamburglar looks awesome.
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Thanks
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WappahDrawsThings Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God you have no idea how much I love Mac Tonight...
Awesome stuff dude.
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Thanks. He was an awesome character :)
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scuzzy5005 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
The animatronic characters and that hamburglar jail piece of playground equipment, tooootally remember those!
...now I am feeling a tad old! XD
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Yeah, it's been a while. I felt old drawing this, lol
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Big--Cee Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Not  gonna  lie, I  miss  these  guys!!!

Love  your  take  on  everybody!!!
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Thanks. I miss them too.
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These characters look great in your style!
My parents didn't buy me McDonald's much as a kid, but I do have to say I miss these guys
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Thanks. I miss them too. My mother was ultra against fast food, but my dad loved it, so it was a rare treat when mom wasn't around.
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supersonic1009 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
M O O N  M A N
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
MAC TONIIIIIIGHT!!! :iconmoonmanplz:
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true, think about the children :iconhelenlovejoyplz:
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
LOL :D
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NicoTheTDPinkiePie Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Ahhh my childhood! :D In my youth the McDonalds characters were already less interactive, but the statues are still up in Puerto Rico. I remember when I played like crazy in one of my birthdays :,D I sure wish I had seen it in the more interactive days. I recognize almost all of them!
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Glad to hear you recognize almost all of them. I was born in the mid 80s, so I caught the final years of McDonald's at this status. Around the time I was in the 3rd or 4th grade the characters became less and less, and by the time I hit high school they were almost totally gone except Ronald. I too remember birthday parties at McDonald's. Their play places were fun as hell.
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NicoTheTDPinkiePie Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Oh, you're older than I am. I was born on 2000, but if it weren't for seeing their statues I probably wouldn't know they exist x3 They have memorable designs, thankfully. I wish they'd done more with them! Maybe a show of a series of shorts of some kind.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Yeah, I'm surprised there never was a cartoon series for them, honestly.
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NicoTheTDPinkiePie Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Yeah, they had a real story! They should've done something with it!
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Yeah, would've been fun.
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mexican64 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Man your drawing make me hungry for some McDonalds :P But great drawing as always :D
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Thanks. McDonald's should pay me for advertisement.
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astrew Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
2 things

1. Moon man was played by Doug Jones

2. Isnt the hamburglar the Hanibal lecter of mcdonaland? i mean they are living hamburgers

www.cracked.com/article_18906_…
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Actually, that's a good point. Hamburglar is eating living burgers.
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DarksideStraxus Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Fun fact, none of the mascots pictured here can make McDonalds fries not taste like wet limp noodles.
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GaiaNex Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I CALL HERESY, MCD'S FRIES ARE GOOD I TELL YA, GOOD!. 
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Limp wet noodles with salt!
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
I never understood how removing these mascots and creating new ones was supposed to somehow make the place healthier. "Don't worry! We don't have a clown anymore! Now we have Minions in red box form! Your kids won't get fat anymore!" I'm constantly scratching my head over this one.
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
Lol, yeah it's really weird logic they have.
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Jake-202 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
I still watch their Christmas ad with the snowman every year around that time. Gives me a warm, cozy feeling~
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
The Christmas one I remember most fondly was the one with the falling star that they help back into the sky. Their old commercials all just have such a cozy nostalgic feeling.
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Maetch Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
Just remember: Nothing can kill the Grimace.
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:iconbrendancorris:
BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 14, 2017
LOL
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
Rubble, rubble. Heh I remember some of these. Awesome work here
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
thanks
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GaiaNex Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh never seen the pirate before but nice job on all these characters. Shame they don't use them anymore (especially Ronald). 
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BrendanCorris Featured By Owner May 13, 2017
thanks. He was a really old character. They did away with him in the 80s
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Admanios Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, you dug deep for this one. I appreciate your dedication, Brendan!
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