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The first McDonald's commercial - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2008 2:05PM
Ronald McDonaldLong before he was wishing 100 year-old people a Happy Birthday on Today, Willard Scott was a clown. A pathetic, oddly dressed clown.

After the jump is the very first commercial that McDonald's ran featuring Ronald McDonald. Sure, it's easy to dismiss the low-budget look of this ad because of the time it was created, the bad special effects, and the knowledge that later the character would be refined and would look a lot different (and better). But then you look closely and you see that the guy has a freakin' paper cup on his nose. It's like the last minute Halloween costume a father would put together to entertain his kids. He and the other parents think it's hilarious, but the kids are thinking "what's wrong with daddy?"

And does he really need two trays of food, one on his waist and one on his head?

Still, it's a cool look at a different TV era, and it's great to see how McDonald's television advertising started out. Hey, it's better than the "I'm Lovin' It" campaign.

[via The Big Money]

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John Howard

After seeing that, I wonder how McDonald's managed to survive.

October 23 2008 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alex

wow after al these years the burgers still look like a car ran over them. At least the early ads were honest and showed the burger for the disgusting mess it was.

October 21 2008 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

Wow! That's was. Wow!

The clown looks like something out of bad Porn or crappy Horror film.

Wow!

October 21 2008 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tonyc704

I think Ronald is going to be next season's Jimmy on Mad Men.

October 21 2008 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Papytendo

Did he just say "I like to do everything boys and girls like to do."?

October 21 2008 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ac

Thats his way of luring boys and girls into the sewer so he can eat them.

October 21 2008 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WarT0rn

How Evil...

October 21 2008 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Leach

Who is going to pay for my therapy now?

October 21 2008 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Im sort of creeped out now.

October 21 2008 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

How utterly disturbing.

October 21 2008 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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