The History of the Hamburglar and Other McDonald’s Characters

There are kids out there today who have never played inside an Officer Big Mac prison at a McDonald’s playground. In fact, there are kids today who don’t even know who Officer Big Mac was. Or his rival, the Hamburglar. But for many of us, the older McDonald’s characters are like old friends we remember fondly. So, how much do you know about their history?

You knew the McDonald’s mascots even if your family didn’t eat at the famous fast food spot. They were everywhere! If you weren’t giggling at the singing and dancing(?) McNuggets, you were watching Ronald McDonald joke with Grimace and friends. Over the years, the characters changed and grew until McDonald’s decided on a more grown-up marketing plan. For example, did you know that the Hamburglar started as the “Lone Jogger” in the 1970s or that Grimace was a milkshake thief with an entire blob family?

In the video below, learn more about the evolution of wacky McDonald’s characters like Captain Crook, The Fry Kids, Hamburglar, and Mayor McCheese.

McDonald’s has a menagerie of characters who romp about in a magical burgery world called McDonaldland, and it’s as weird as you barely remember. McDonald’s began with only a clown, but as the brand expanded to new markets – and appealing to children became the name of the game – the company branched out with more characters than could fit in a McDonald’s ball pit.

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