Who doesn’t recognize Ronald McDonald, the world famous clown character who is the mascot of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain? His flamboyant red hair and brand specific yellow, white and red outfits have made Ronald McDonald as one of the most iconic and exemplary food mascots of the world today. His main hobbies have always been clowning with burgers, but since 1974, he has also been known for inspiring charitable giving for Ronald McDonald House Charities, that focuses on critically-ill children and their families. But did you know that globally famous and children’s favorite Ronald McDonald was created by the media personality and weatherman William Scott. He was the first person to portray Ronald McDonald live on television from 1963 to 1966. In the very first commercial of McDonald, Scott wore a paper cup on his nose along with a hat of cardboard carry-out-tray, bearing fries, burger and milkshake. Here is a list of 7 more interesting facts about Ronald McDonald a kid should know.
7. Ronald Has a Daughter:
It’s for all those who never knew that he had a daughter. Lisa McDonald is the fictional daughter of Ronald McDonald. She was introduced in the year 2003 mainly for the promotion of Tomato McGrand in Japan. Her brother was also introduced for the promotion of the same product in an alternative commercial.
6. Ronald Lives in a Fantasy Land:
You have seen him in various television commercials where Ronald McDonald inhabits in a fantasy world known as McDonaldland. Here Ronald McDonald has numerous adventures with his friends Hamburger, Mayor McCheese, Grimace, The Fry Kids and Birdie the Early Bird. McDonaldland is a magical land, as depicted in commercials, where foods, plants and inmate characters are the living and speaking characters.
5. In Japan, they call him Donald McDonald:
Ronald McDonald is popular by the name of Donald McDonald or Uncle McDonald in Japan, because “R” sound is not a part of their alphabetical order. Donald McDonald makes easier pronunciation for the Japanese people.
4. Ronald Was Once a Friendly Clown:
It was around 1963 that McDonald’s in Washington, D.C., came upon the decision of boosting their sales by sponsoring “Bozo’s Circus”, a children’s show hosted by William Scott. It successfully enhanced their sales. Therefore as a part of the show, Scott created another new friendly character Ronald McDonald that looked very much different from the famed clown look today. The previous Ronald had a paper cup nose and a food tray hat included in his initial attire.
3. Ronald Today is a Menace:
Ronald McDonald was very friendly and respectful during his initial days. He always made it a point to help out the elderly and as such people even started idolizing him. But when he realized his popularity and power, it was then that Ronald McDonald started becoming a menace to the society. He started disrespecting and harassing women and his many problems led to his homelessness. He even began attacking people around, which ultimately led him to jail.
2. Original Ronald Was Fired:
The original Ronald McDonald was fired for being overweight. As McDonald did not wish to spread any wrong message amongst the kids against their processed food items, they actually had to replace the original Ronald McDonald. Let’s offer 2 minutes silence to Mr. William Scott, who majorly contributed to McDonald’s success and made it what it is today but ultimately got a middle finger in return. Surely he must have eaten too much of those yummy burgers and mouthwatering chicken mcnuggets, hah!
1. If You Like Ronald, It Does not Mean You Should Like Junk Food Too:
It’s a nice piece of advice for all you lovely kids around. Loving Ronald McDonald is a good thing but do not indulge into all the junk food supported by him. Go on have your favorite burgers once in a while but do not be consistent with their consumption all the time. After all it’s your health that is more important over anything else. Be a part of his fantasy world and play around in McDonaldland, make friends with his best pals, but do not adopt his eating habits.