ronald mcdonald2 The Top Forgotten Retro Ronald McDonald Commercials From The 60s And On

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Numerous health organizations are campaigning to get McDonald’s to retire the familiar red-haired mascot of the popular fast food chain in order to limit marketing junk food to children. Ronald has been the happy face of the Golden Arches since the ’60s, appearing in everything from TV commercials to giant balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ronald McDonald has been part of our pop culture for decades, and we’re taking a look back at some of the best forgotten retro commercials from the ’60s and on!

This is thought to be one of the first ever McDonald’s commercials made, and making one of his first appearances on TV is none other than Ronald McDonald!

A vintage spot from the ’60s of Ronald driving in his magic car.

This frequent Saturday morning commercial in the ’70s not only featured Ronald, but also Grimace, Mayor McCheese, The Hamburglar, Sheriff Big Mac and Captain Crook.

This classic spot features NBC’s own Willard Scott behind the red and white clown paint and red wig.

A Christmas Happy Meal commercial from 1985 that featured Ronald taking his picture in a photo booth.

Ronald McDonald gets waken up from a wild dream.

In this 1992 McDonald’s commercial, Ronald McDonald and friends are playing Hide-and-Seek with the McNugget Buddies.

Comments (4)
  1. fran says:

    Hell NO !!! What is going on here ? Don’t we have any rights anymore? The last time I look we are in America land of the free!!! Do me a favor get the HELL out of United States. Go to another Country to protest. WE DON’T NEED YOU HERE !!!

  2. Becca says:

    The thing that get’s me is why is it’s McDonald’s place to make sure kids eat healthy. I could of sworn it was a parents job to make sure THEIR kids are eating right. Whether junk food is marketed to kids or not is not the problem. The problem is parents not setting good eating habits for their kids.

  3. RainbowRay says:

    I remember a couple of those commercials very well and I stil say what does Ronald Mcdonald have anything to do with kids becoming obese??

    Mcdonald is just a mascot representing the company and noghting more. Ronald Mcdonald is a symbol for kids and DOES NOT represent encouraging kids to eat Mcdonald’s food. Do those commercials actually look like he’s promoting obesity in kids? Is he really actually telling them in the commercials to buy their food? Get real!!

    I agree that proper nutrition and encouraging that proper nutrition starts at home (start ’em while their young and you’ll have them hooked on good things for life).

    In Toronto, there is a “Ronald Mcdonald House” project that supports sick children staying at Sick Kids Hopsital and provides a place for parent to stay while their kids are in the hospital.

    it’s a dream of Rainbow Ray to be at some point in time to be associated with that charity and Sick Children’s hospital (my Patch Adams dream and my favorite movie of all time that also helped to inspire RainbowRay. You Remember the movie don’t you? Robin WIlliams who played the real Patch Adams who also made a difference in peoples lives , “Oh Donner, table for party of five!”).

    So if they decide to get rid of the Ronald Mcdonald character (taht’s all he is) and the name, what will they call Ronald Mcdonald House? Xavier Bumbagle House? I

    I think these groups should get a life and should be more concerned about things like eight year olds getting their legs waxed or their selves botoxed! Oh wait, that’s “freedom of choice” and “free will”. Bring up your children the way you want them to be brought up (Of course) and even be vicious in beuty competitions; that’s all okay>

    It’s not okay then to have a “mascot” at Mcdonald’s for god’s sake. In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “DOH!”


  4. RainbowRay says:

    P.M.S (oops! I mean P.S–HA!)

    Thad dream also includes “Mattel Children’s Hospital” in L.A. one day as RainbowRay.


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