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Will Ronald McDonald be the next food mascot to go?

Firegoat Jul 21, 2013 07:51 AM

An interesting story about how the Hamburglar and Grimace are gone, the King at Burger King retired and whether the Colonel and Ronald could be next.


Looks like Twinkie the Kid is still okay!

  1. pinehurst Jul 23, 2013 04:04 AM

    To assuage my clown phobia, I'd be happy to dump R McD and bring back the "They got a pepper bar" singers AND the characters...esp the viking...who "ruins the feast" for Snickers.

    But I doubt R McD will go since there are legitimate (and good) children/family charities in that name.

    1. Firegoat Jul 22, 2013 05:47 PM

      I wish Quizno's would bring back those flying rat/squirrel things that play guitar.

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      1. re: Firegoat
        ratgirlagogo Jul 22, 2013 06:01 PM

        They were pretty amazing but I don't think they're coming back anytime before they become some kind of stupid internet thing again.

        1. re: ratgirlagogo
          Firegoat Jul 22, 2013 06:12 PM

          I can still listen to them at rathergood.com Still doesn't make me want to buy a sandwich.

        2. re: Firegoat
          Just Visiting Jul 23, 2013 03:50 AM

          You mean the singing snot? We have ever since called the chain QuizSnot.

          Sealed the deal for us - we'd rather die of starvation than eat at QuizSnot.

          1. re: Just Visiting
            Firegoat Jul 23, 2013 05:07 AM

            Now you've made me hungry for Quizsnot! I love there big jug of honey mustard sauce, particularly to dip chips in. (and as pinehurst mentioned "they got a pepper bar")

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          thimes Jul 22, 2013 09:22 AM

          KFC's latest store design no longer has the Colonel image anywhere in it. So Ronald may be the last survivor.

          Quote - also from a Huffingtonpost Story:

          The fried chicken chain says it's opening a location called "KFC eleven" early next month near its headquarters in Louisville, Ky., that will serve flatbreads with toppings, rice bowls, salads and only boneless pieces of its Original Recipe chicken.

          The restaurant's exterior won't feature Sanders, whose bespectacled, white-bearded likeness has long been front and center at traditional KFC locations. But the name of the test restaurant is a reference to the 11 herbs and spices Sanders used in the Original Recipe.

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          1. re: thimes
            mucho gordo Jul 22, 2013 05:39 PM

            Ronald may not be the last to go. Let's not forget our ol' friend 'Jack'.

          2. j
            Just Visiting Jul 22, 2013 08:09 AM

            Oh I hope so! RonMcDon has always been somewhat creepy but at a MickeyD's near us, there is a park bench in the mall area just outside the restaurant. Sitting on the bench is a full-sized RonMcDon with that leering grin. It is nearly impossible not to think of being a pedophile trying to lure in children, though honestly it is a borderline scary figure and might actually scare kids.

            However, it is hard to imagine them giving up RonMcDon because the name is also the name of the charity for kids with cancer. And without the mascot, the name has no meaning.

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            1. re: Just Visiting
              mpjmph Jul 22, 2013 09:13 AM

              Ronald McDonald House isn't just for kids with cancer - it provide lodging and support for parents (and siblings) of any/all children who are in hospitals far from home. My cousin was very ill with e coli when he was a toddler, and my aunt and uncle stayed in the original Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. The charity was founded/championed by Fred Hill of the Philadelphia Eagles. His daughter was being treated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and he saw other parents struggling as they had to travel to get care for their children. If McD's ever does decide to get rid of Ronald, I'm sure they will simply re-brand the charity (McDonald House or McDonald Family house).

            2. monfrancisco Jul 21, 2013 12:55 PM

              I really, really enjoyed that commercial in which a bunch of food mascots were eating dinner together-- in my (selective and diminishing) memory, Jolly Green Giant, Pillsbury Dough Boy, Lucky Charms Leprechaun, and others were at the feast. Now I'm going to go dig around on You Tube.

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                DeppityDawg Jul 21, 2013 11:58 AM

                I don't think a king can retire… If they really got rid of him, that's called a revolution, and the chain should be renamed "Democratically-Elected Burger President" or "Military Burger Junta", depending on who's in charge now.

                The Hamburglar will be eligible for parole in 2017.

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                1. re: DeppityDawg
                  Firegoat Jul 21, 2013 12:13 PM

                  I actually kind of liked some of those really creepy Burger King commercials. They were uncomfortable but still kind of funny.

                  1. re: DeppityDawg
                    piccola Jul 24, 2013 04:43 AM

                    I won't lie: I would at least try a meal from Military Burger Junta.

                  2. drongo Jul 21, 2013 11:50 AM

                    Wendy got a makeover and seems to be set (probably at least as long as the real Wendy has a say in things!).

                    I want the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" dog back.

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