Okay, like many of you, I’ve been troubled by a tendency to recall and cross-correlate things that those around us ignore and forget.
I’m hoping that you can help with a personal project: trying to make some sense of the development of the McDL commercial characters.
I was always annoyed by McDL commercials (and, quite frankly, the S+M Krofft shows too) so I didn’t catalog or retain my observations until I was about 10, and discovered that my contemporaries couldn’t even recall the most basic changes from a year or so before. It was, if not the first, certainly among the most frustrating, early experience I had with MadAve brainwashing.
I’d really appreciate confirmation/comments on the few observations I still retain. I’ve actually had conversations on this topic a few times in the past quarter century, but even my typically trivia-obsessed friends seem to have blanked on this one
[list=1][li]Ronald McD was originally a hapless, confused ancillary character[/li][li]Eventually he rose to such heights that he had Mayor McC and Big Mac (Chief of Police) scurrying around like mere lackeys[/li][li]I believe that this happened around the time that he ‘discovered’ the prepackaged Hot Apple Pies ™ that dripped from the branches of the Good Trees in the ‘Living Forest’ (Oops, I mean ‘Enchanted Forest’) How everone else missed them is beyond me - but hey, I never noticed them before either ;-)[/li][li]How did McD trademark ‘Hot Apple Pie’ anyway? Does that mean a certain current movie (which shall remain unnamed) will trademark 'Warm Apple Pie’™. And if so, how do I opt out of the merchandising for that line?[/li][li]Why does no one remember that the trees were once divided into ‘good’ and ‘evil’ [Ents/Huorns, anyone][/li][li]Who runs McDL’s penal system - they actually managed to rehabilitate the perpetually recidivist Hamburglar (who, after the first few episodes, never stole hamburgers - only French Fries. Was I the only one this bugged?) and the Evil Grimace (now called simply ‘Grimace’ At least 'Evil Grimace verged on being a pun of sorts)[/list=1][/li]
Much thanks for your help. Tyen I can get on with my metaphysical analysis or the themese and messages
What can I say? I was traumatized by a father who used to steal all my fries by ‘spilling’ them into the larger bag, as he pulledthem out. I knew he was doing it, but… well, when I finally worked up the courage to invite a lovely girl to McD for a burger, I was so shocked by McD’s carefully crafted ‘overfilled bags’, that according to her, I couldn’t stop talking about it.
[She was/is an exceptional gal, however, and forgave me. That was 27 years ago, and she grows lovelier every year]
(and no, she’s not reading over my shoulder)