The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
are a series of retail animated direct-to-video
features produced by the ka-chew! division of Klasky-Csupo
for the McDonald's fast-food restaurant
chain and about the McDonald's
mascot, Ronald McDonald and the gang in McDonaldland. A total of six forty-minute tapes were produced, released at various times between 1998 and 2003.
Although the series is "free-standing," ongoing artistic influences can be inferred from the ways certain characters were drawn for animation. For example, the character Birdie
shares certain aspects of grooming and costume with Eliza Thornberry
, and the rendition and bearing of the Hamburglar, reminiscent of Darwin and of Chuckie Finster
, may have been an influence on the design of Otto Rocket
. Elements of early K-C "house style" are also very evident on other supporting characters like Sundae the dog and the Chicken McNuggets. Co-protagonist Tika, however, is a very normal looking human girl of color. Iam Hungry appeared in one part of the episode "Visitors From Outer Space." Also, Mayor McCheese made an appearance in the final two episodes.
A new character, Franklin, was also introduced in the first volume in 1998 as the son of Dr. Quizzical (who was the inventor of Hamburglar's "Quizzical Bear Call", seen earlier in the episode). Tika was also included as a human sidekick to Ronald McDonald in the first and fourth volumes. In the first and sixth volume,... Read More