Aliens: McDonald's Doesn't Control the World


Stay Free examines the, in hindsight, cult-like advertising McDonald's did over the year. From McDonaldland to the Evil Grimace to Shamrock Shakes to Happy Face to Mayor McCheese to talking wastebaskets to Double Dutch to the Hamburgler, Stay Free writes, "Here's a mind-blower for hungry third-world countries: in America, where the soil yields healthy food in abundance, we teach our kids to fantasize about over-processed crap with the nutritional value of the inside of a York Peppermint Patty growing in the wild." Revel in the history of McDonald's television fantasy land. After viewing the commercials, you can understand why intelligent life forms visiting this planet don't stay for long.

Written by Steve Hall    Comments (6)     File: Commercials     Jun- 8-05  
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Mr. Hall, I know you take a lot of guff (pardon my French) for your occasional lapses in spelling and grammar, but I for one enjoy the hard work and wit you put into this page. I particularly like this post, especially the last line. Kudos to you, good sir.

Posted by: The Late David Ogilvy on June 8, 2005 12:59 PM

videos won't play. suggestions, anyone? re-posted anywhere. summaries are high-larious.

Posted by: Bruce on June 8, 2005 02:58 PM

What do you mean, "after viewing the commercials"? Not one of those links works.

Posted by: The Real Late David Ogilvy on June 8, 2005 03:11 PM

At least McDonald's is trying to change. You don't give them credit for that. While you're making sci-fi references to validate your sense of being an outsider, you're really just drawing more attention to the brand and its history. I'm sure the folks in Oakbrook thank you for keeping people talking about their brand.

Posted by: Evil Grimace on June 8, 2005 03:22 PM

Good Lord. It appears that, like Grimace, I have an evil twin. What a peculiar development. I challenge you to a duel, sir: cattle prods at ten paces.

Posted by: The Late David Ogilvy on June 8, 2005 04:42 PM

Our video server is down at the moment but should be back up soon. Probably in a couple of hours...(knock wood).

Posted by: Carrie McLaren on June 8, 2005 05:43 PM

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