A Very Early McDonald’s Commercial

This was shared on Facebook by a friend and purports to be one of the first television commercials ever run by McDonald’s. All I can say is that the original conception of Ronald McDonald was a little creepy:

Here’s another one from 1967 which, amusingly, spends a lot of time telling parents how eating at McDonalds will help keep the kids from throwing a fit:

Update: I believe that the Ronald McDonald in the first commercial is played by Willard Scott

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Doug Mataconis
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Comments

  1. Falze says:

    If you squint, it looks like Sarah Palin.

    To be clear…if YOU squint, Doug, it looks like Sarah Palin.

  2. jwest says:

    Falze,

    Give Doug a break. It can’t be easy posting articles while simultaneously searching through Palin’s emails for dirt.

  3. Neither one of you has the least sense of humor do you?

    I notice that among ideologues on the right and the left.

  4. G.A.Phillips says:

    Spooooky….

  5. A voice from another precinct says:

    I think you’ve post-moderned the message just a little on the second commercial. “McDonald’s believes in getting to your children before they get to each other” doesn’t strike me as “spend[ing] a lot of time telling parents how eating at McDonalds will help keep the kids from throwing a fit.” But, hyperbole IS part of your stock in trade, isn’t it?

  6. John Burgess says:

    Yep, that’s Willard Scott.