Creepy First Ronald McDonald Commercial Featuring Willard Scott


Better run and hide, kids! Bozo Ronald McDonald is after you.

Ronald McDonald was born in 1963, when weatherman Willard Scott played the deft-footed dancing clown in a series of television commercials. Scott had previously played Bozo the Clown, of which Ronald McDonald was an obvious rip-off. Since then, Ronald’s popularity has waxed and waned.

Slate magazine put the picture in a collection of the 10 Creepiest Corporate Mascots, but now Fork in the Road has unearthed the original video (technically, a kinescope) of the 1963 commercial, courtesy of Run and hide, kids!

Thanks to Fork in the Road San Francisco correspondent Tracy Van Dyk for the link.