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.