It’s been awhile since I last did a McDonald’s article, so let’s talk about another group of characters from McDonald Land like say…the Fry Kids. That’s right those multi-colored cheerleading pom poms that have eyes and wear shoes. Like the McNugget Buddies, these guys were among the citizens of McDonald Land. With the exception of being associated with french fries instead of mcnuggets. Let’s start with the bio on these little guys, as some of you out there might not know everything there is to know about them.
The Fry Kids first appeared in McDonald’s McDonald Land commercials back in 1972. Back then they weren’t called the Fry Kids, they were simply named the Gobblins. Yeah of all the depictions I’ve seen for Gobblins, I never once heard of french fry eating gobblins. But least these guys are more tolerable than the goblins from “Princess and the Goblin” movie, a film to this day I completely hated watching. They are usually always portray as mischievous little creatures in which they’ll do anything in order to eat french fries. That includes gobbling up various servings of McDonald’s french fries along with a jingle called “Keep Your Eyes on Your Fries” in most of the commercials that have them present. By 1983 they receive a new name which was the “Fry Guys”, however with the introduction of “Fry Girls”, it was changed to what we kids of the 90s know as The Fry Kids just four years after a recent name change.
Like the McNugget Buddies, these characters were puppets as well. The use of blue screen or green(which ever the production company prefer to) created the illusion that the Fry Kids were able to walk on their own. While the voice work was done in post production where the voices were given the Chipmunk treatment by speeding up the voices to give them a squeak tone. Some commercials the Fry Kids would be silent, or talk gibberish, but I always remenber the ones where they speak normally. Other than stealing fries from various characters in McDonald Land, the Fry Kids have attended various activities with the Ronald McDonald gang including sports and visiting a local McDonald’s. Keep in mind that there were hundreds of Ronald McDonald related commercials, so I know I haven’t seen all of them. Though the only Fry Kids commercial I remember to this day was the Fry Eating Bush(a group of Fry Kids bundle up to form a bush) commercial. That was the only one that remain stuck in my mind to this day, while all the other ones that are focus on the Fry Kids I either don’t remember seeing them or I never have seen them. By 1996, the Fry Kids were among the chosen to get canned from the McDonald’s advertisements. Though they did appear one last time in the Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald Direct to Video series. Which feature Kath Soucie, Paul Greenberg, and Nika Futterman as the voices of a Red, Blue, & Yellow Fry Kid. After that, they weren’t seen ever again in any McDonald’s commercials.
The Fry Kids were very iconic like the other McDonald Land characters. There was even a Happy Meal toy editions that are now as collectable as the McNugget Buddy toys. in my opinion, the Fry Kids were a fun set of characters. Also the easiest character to portray in a commercial as they lack a mouth so you can lip synch anything for dialogue. In fact that would make a fun school project, have a kid dub over a Fry Kid commercial and the best one gets extra credit. But sadly no kid today would know who the Fry Kids are unless their parents educate them that there was a time when French Fires at McDonlads had characters to be paired with. I’d love to do another McDonald’s article, but that’ll have to wait for another time as I’ll be doing something else for next time.
For next week will be about the last mascot on my header that I haven’t reviewed yet, which is the Nabisco Thing. After that will be something that isn’t on my header.
Posted on March 21, 2012, in Advertise of the Week and tagged french fries, fry guys, fry kids, gobblins, mcdonald land, mcdonalds, restaurants, wacky adventures of ronald mcdonald. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.