Were the original Burger King characters the origin of Aqua Teen Hunger Force? I thought I read that somewhere. These characters are such a poor rip off the McDonald's.
The "Marvelous Magical Burger King"
The original animated King was soon replaced by the "Marvelous Magical Burger King," a red-bearded king, acted out by actor-singer Richard "Dick" Gjonola, who ruled the Burger King Kingdom and performed magic tricks (mostly sleight-of-hand, but sometimes relying on camera tricks). This campaign paralleled McDonald's McDonaldland children's commercials, which featured "Ronald McDonald," "The Hamburglar," and "Mayor McCheese," along with other characters and mascots.
Other characters in the Burger King Kingdom included:
- "The Duke of Doubt," the King's arch nemesis, who constantly tried to prove that the King's magic was not real; he always failed, and each commercial that featured him ended with the tag-line, "No doubt about it, Duke."
- The "Burger Thing," a large, three-dimensional painting of a hamburger that talked.
- "Sir Shake-A-Lot," a knight, whose name was drawn from the fact that he was often literally physically shaking, with a craving for Burger King milkshakes and armor made of BK Cups. (Sir Shake-A-Lot's name was a take-off on Sir Lancelot, and his constant shaking was sometimes misinterpreted as being a symptom of hypoglycemia from the sugar content of Burger King milkshakes.)
- The "Wizard of Fries," a robot who could "multifry," or generated French fries whenever given a sample.