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Title: McDonald's moonhead
Post by: bandit957 on January 25, 2020, 06:40:19 PM
Anyone else remember these ridiculous commercials? They aired around 1988.
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Post by: Rothman on January 25, 2020, 06:42:11 PM
Yep.
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Post by: Max Rockatansky on January 25, 2020, 06:54:56 PM
Didn’t Moon Man turn into a mascot for white supremacists somehow?
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Post by: ozarkman417 on January 25, 2020, 06:58:57 PM
and some of these commercials became a meme around 2016-17 called "Moonman". It's essentially part of the ad being looped but the audio is replaced with text-to-speech saying absurdly racist stuff in the form of a song remix. Don't watch any of them unless you are fine with seeing extremely offensive content.
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Post by: jakeroot on January 25, 2020, 07:07:51 PM
Wasn't alive yet, but wasn't the moonhead on TV for years?

(https://i.chzbgr.com/full/2643299072/hF339F1CF/mac-tonight-totally-looks-like-jay-leno)
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Post by: Max Rockatansky on January 25, 2020, 07:12:20 PM
and some of these commercials became a meme around 2016-17 called "Moonman". It's essentially part of the ad being looped but the audio is replaced with text-to-speech saying absurdly racist stuff in the form of a song remix. Don't watch any of them unless you are fine with seeing extremely offensive content.

Apparently it’s much earlier than that.  There was even a Doom WAD file floating around out on the primitive internet known as the Moon Man WAD. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_Tonight

I’m to understand the McDonald’s character is known as “Mac Tonight.”
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Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on January 25, 2020, 07:49:11 PM
We had a McDonald’s (now closed) with a Moonman sitting at a piano.
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Post by: KEVIN_224 on January 26, 2020, 07:32:25 PM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).
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Post by: SP Cook on January 27, 2020, 09:15:38 AM
The point of the commercials was to get people the idea of eating fast food, specifically McDonald’s for dinner, rather than lunch.  Good marketing idea, as the sales volume at a typical fast food place is quite low in the evenings. 

Similar ideas from the same era were Taco Bell thing to get people to eat a “fourth meal” (early test versions of the ads used the Navy term “mid-rats” ).  And most other fast food places trying to get through to people that they have breakfast too (McDonald’s and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr blow away most every one at breakfast).

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Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 27, 2020, 10:50:28 AM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).

Never went there.  Usually would go to the Wendy's before Whalers games, and if that was crowded, I'd either go down to the food court or get something inside (or for a rare treat, go to Chuck's or Margarita's nee Margaritaville).
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Post by: Rothman on January 27, 2020, 01:19:50 PM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).

Never went there.  Usually would go to the Wendy's before Whalers games, and if that was crowded, I'd either go down to the food court or get something inside (or for a rare treat, go to Chuck's or Margarita's nee Margaritaville).
Didn't Margarita's shut down?
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Post by: 1 on January 27, 2020, 01:20:38 PM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).

Never went there.  Usually would go to the Wendy's before Whalers games, and if that was crowded, I'd either go down to the food court or get something inside (or for a rare treat, go to Chuck's or Margarita's nee Margaritaville).
Didn't Margarita's shut down?

There's still one in Methuen, MA.
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Post by: qguy on January 28, 2020, 06:38:29 AM
I remember those ads from when they aired. Was sad to see them disappear. IIRC they featured some nice jazz and were kinda cool.
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Post by: 1995hoo on January 28, 2020, 07:50:05 AM
I thought I recalled that moon guy (Mac Tonight, as has been mentioned) as being part of an adults-oriented ad campaign that ran in the mid-1990s, around the same time when McDonald’s rolled out the ill-fated Arch Deluxe burger aimed at an older demographic. That would make sense, but a Google search tells me I’m wrong and that it was a late-1980s campaign.

This thread causes me to remember the McDLT ads featuring Jason Alexander before he became George Costanza.
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Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 28, 2020, 11:11:53 AM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).

Never went there.  Usually would go to the Wendy's before Whalers games, and if that was crowded, I'd either go down to the food court or get something inside (or for a rare treat, go to Chuck's or Margarita's nee Margaritaville).
Didn't Margarita's shut down?

There's still one in Methuen, MA.

Also one in East Hartford and Mystic, CT.  The one in Branford closed down a few years ago.  There's also only a couple of Chuck's left (Rocky Hill, Danbury, Storrs, Auburn).  The ones in Farmington, CT and Southwick, MA are long gone.
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Post by: ErmineNotyours on January 28, 2020, 02:24:13 PM
I worked for McDonald's for five years, and Mac Tonight happened during that time.  I got the pin and everything.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49456211596_819f95a9b4.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2imh1Fo)
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Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 28, 2020, 02:43:13 PM
I remember that one, here in Quebec, he was known as Pierrot McDo using as a reference, a French song composed by Claude Léveillé. It start at 1:01 in this clip.
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Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on January 29, 2020, 05:11:44 PM
The point of the commercials was to get people the idea of eating fast food, specifically McDonald’s for dinner, rather than lunch.  Good marketing idea, as the sales volume at a typical fast food place is quite low in the evenings. 

Dinner orders at fast food places can also be much more lucrative on a per order basis, as a family of 4 coming after school will obviously drop a lot more money than a guy coming in on his lunch break.
Title: Re: McDonald's moonhead
Post by: webny99 on January 29, 2020, 10:31:06 PM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).

Never went there.  Usually would go to the Wendy's before Whalers games, and if that was crowded, I'd either go down to the food court or get something inside (or for a rare treat, go to Chuck's or Margarita's nee Margaritaville).
Didn't Margarita's shut down?
There's still one in Methuen, MA.

And one at Destiny USA, assuming Margaritaville is the same thing.
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Post by: 23skidoo on February 02, 2020, 12:02:08 PM
We had a McDonald’s (now closed) with a Moonman sitting at a piano.

Yes, I remember having a Happy Meal toy piano that played the tune to "Mack the Knife". I believe it came with a booklet with the lyrics to the "Mac Tonight" jingle.
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Post by: spooky on February 03, 2020, 01:13:38 PM
We used to have that on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT as well. It was directly across from the Civic Center (now the XL Center).

Never went there.  Usually would go to the Wendy's before Whalers games, and if that was crowded, I'd either go down to the food court or get something inside (or for a rare treat, go to Chuck's or Margarita's nee Margaritaville).
Didn't Margarita's shut down?
There's still one in Methuen, MA.

And one at Destiny USA, assuming Margaritaville is the same thing.

no, it is not the same thing.
Title: Re: McDonald's moonhead
Post by: Terry on February 09, 2020, 01:21:26 AM
A compilation of Moon Man commercials, promotions and a parody:

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Post by: bandit957 on February 09, 2020, 10:27:55 AM
This was part of McDonald's "It's a good time for the great taste" campaign. This campaign also included the "It's coming" radio commercial that aired when a new location was about to open. Anyone else remember that? The old WLAP-FM in Lexington played it around 1988 when a new McDonald's in Georgetown was opening.

I think the next campaign was the "Food, folks, and fun" campaign.

Quality of fast food isn't as good now as it used to be, but it's much more expensive. People used to get McDonald's for dinner, especially if they were in a hurry. I remember around 1979, the one up the street from us opened, and we got carry-out meals there one evening because we were having guests over and wouldn't have time to have anything else. That was the same evening I injured my hand when I tried to punch my brother and he held up a book to block it. I was about 6.
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Post by: GCrites80s on February 09, 2020, 09:28:18 PM
One of the McDonald's locations near me is really busy around dinnertime, but only the drive-through. The other locations aren't. I think it's because there's a lot of subdivisions near it full of parents that just don't want to deal with dinner.
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Post by: bugo on March 02, 2020, 06:54:39 AM
I have one of these:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49608757231_b6d75d7625_o.jpg)
Title: Re: McDonald's moonhead
Post by: ce929wax on March 02, 2020, 09:15:30 PM
Yes, I remember them.  I was three years old and the dancing moon freaked me the f out, lol.