McDonaldland was a fantasy world used in the marketing for McDonald's restaurants during the 1970s through the 1990s. McDonaldland was inhabited by other characters. In addition to being used in advertising, the characters were used as the basis for equipment in the "PlayPlaces" attached to some McDonald's; the McDonaldland commercials alongside the characters were dropped from McDonald's advertising in 2003, but Ronald McDonald is still seen in commercials and in Happy Meal toys. McDonaldland was created by Needham, Harper & Steers in 1970–71 at the request of McDonald's for its restaurants; the early commercials were featured a narrator. In 1976, Remco created a line of six-inch action figures to celebrate the characters. In 1973, Sid and Marty Krofft sued McDonald's by claiming that the entire McDonaldland premise plagiarized their television show; the Kroffts claimed that the character Mayor McCheese was a direct rip-off of their character "H. R. Pufnstuf". At trial, a jury found in favor of the Kroffts and McDonald's was ordered to pay $50,000.
The case was appealed by both parties to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The appeals court, in the 1977 decision of Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions Inc. v. McDonald's Corp. reassessed damages in favor of the Kroffts to more than $1,000,000. As a result, McDonald's was ordered to stop producing many of the characters and to stop airing commercials featuring the characters. In the 1980s and 1990s, the McDonaldland commercials remained a popular marketing device; the characters that remained following the lawsuit were Ronald McDonald, Grimace and the French Fry Gobblins while Mayor McCheese, Officer Big Mac, Captain Crook and the Professor were used until 1985. Birdie the Early Bird would join the lineup soon after representing the restaurant's new breakfast line in the early 1980s; some of the characters' physical appearances were revised in commercials. From on the characters lived in reality and interacted with real-life people, but commercials still took place in "McDonaldland".
Soon after the Happy Meal Gang and the McNugget Buddies were prominent features in the commercials along with Ronald. Merchandise featuring the McDonaldland characters included a kid-friendly magazine titled "McDonaldland Fun Times", which published six issues a year. A direct-to-video animated film titled The Adventures of Ronald McDonald: McDonaldland Treasure Island was released in 1989, featuring much of the McDonaldland characters from the 1980s. Video games featuring the characters were released, such as M. C. Kids and McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure. From 1998 until 2003, Rugrats creators Klasky Csupo and McDonald's released an animated direct-to-video series on VHS titled The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald; the series depicted Ronald, Birdie, the Hamburglar and a few new characters, like Ronald's pessimistic dog Sundae. These videos would begin in live-action in. Whenever the characters would enter down a tube or other means of travel, they would become animated. In all six episodes, Ronald goes on adventures with his friends and they learn new things along the way.
In the early 2000s, McDonald's experimented with the possibility of animating the characters to improve ratings. Various spots featuring the Hamburglar and other characters alongside celebrities were planned but were canceled. A conflict emerged between agencies regarding whether to continue using the characters or to follow through the desire of ad agency Leo Burnett by elevating the "I'm lovin' it" campaign and phasing out the characters, resulting in McDonald's choosing the latter option and retiring the McDonaldland characters. In recent years, the McDonaldland premise has been dropped out of advertising campaigns and Happy Meal toys. Despite this, the characters continued to appear in McDonald's PlayPlaces, decorative seats for children's birthday parties and bibs, though only Ronald McDonald, Grimace and the Fry Kids appear in them, they appeared on some soft drink cups until 2008 and still appear as cookies in pouches titled "McDonaldland Cookies". Today, the characters appear on the windows of some McDonald's restaurants.
Modern commercials nowadays depict Ronald McDonald alone in real-world situations with children, whether he visits a local McDonald's restaurant or to visit sick children at a Ronald McDonald House. Grimace, had a non-speaking appearance in an advertisement for Monsters vs. Aliens Happy Meal toys while the Hamburglar appeared in an adult-oriented commercial advertising the Big Mac. Ronald McDonald – The primary cultural icon and official mascot of McDonald's, he is a big red smile who wears a yellow jumpsuit and red shoes. While his suit has gone through various changes over the years, it has remained the same. Hamburglar – A pint-sized burglar, introduced in 1971 as one of the first antagonists of the commercials where attempts to steal burgers from Ronald. Hamburglar spoke in a gibberish language which had to be translated by Captain Crook, he was reintroduced in 1985 as one of the main protagonists. From 1971 to 1992, Hamburglar was performed by Frank Delfino, Jerry Maren in some com
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