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McDonald's Pakistan commercials

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In the early to mid 2000s, there were several low-budget McDonald's commercials that aired exclusively in Pakistan. They were made to promote Happy Meal toys for Sonic Heroes, Crash Twinsanity, Strawberry Shortcake and Hello Kitty in the said country, but they didn't succeed very well.

McDonald's Pakistan Commercials
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Congrats Pakistan 🇵🇰, you made a monstrosity that will give kids and adults nightmares.
Genre: Commercials
Running Time: 32 seconds (Hello Kitty/Hello Kitty and Basketball/Bandicoot)
45 seconds (Sonic)
29 seconds (Play-Doh)
46 seconds (Crash Gear)
31 seconds (Bobbers)
41 seconds (Strawberry Shortcake)
Country: Pakistan
Release Date: 2003-2005

Why They Gave Sonic Toys Suckily Eye

  1. The biggest and most infamous problem with these commercials are the horrible, nightmarish and laughably bad character designs, which look lazily made and feel like low-budget rip-offs of the characters:
    • Cream and Rouge in the Sonic commercial look nothing like they did in the games (with Rouge looking more like a naked mouse, and Amy looking more like a pink Sonic with a dress), Shadow is missing his chest hair, Knuckles' dreadlocks make him look like a dog and Neo Cortex has a realistic face (similar to Mega Man's on the infamous Mega Man 1 box art) and tan-colored skin instead of his usual yellow in the Crash Bandicoot commercial.
    • Hello Kitty's design looks absolutely terrible, as she barely resembles her usual design with her looking more like a woman than a young girl. It also seems that the people who designed Hello Kitty in the commercial barely knew anything about her design as she also has a large mouth in one of the commercials, but she is usually drawn without one (unless you count some of the cartoons).
    • Strawberry Shortcake has arguably the worst character design in the commercials, as she looks absolutely nothing like her original self and the way she is designed in the commercial is completely lazy and absolutely hideous to look at, it's so bad that it makes the character designs in Fireman Sam since season 6 look amazing in comparison.
  2. Most of the singing in the commercials is laughable and annoying, most notably in the Crash Gear commercial.
  3. Due to the low budget, MIDI-synthesized music was used. In particular, the "I'm lovin' it" jingle is severely low-quality. However, this is slightly justifiable as they used the Adobe Flash-animated logo originally created for McDonald's websites, and the audio was compressed for 2000s Internet speeds.
  4. Unprofessional narration, not helped by the fact that it was all done by one person, except for the Basketball/Hello Kitty commercial where a more feminine sounding narrator was used, but still.
  5. There also seems to be little to no research done about any of the franchises. For example, in the Sonic commercial, Rouge's name is pronounced as "Rogue" and not like the French word for Red which is also “Rouge”, even Google Translate's Urdu voice pronounces "Rouge" right (روج).
  6. The CGI animation in these commercials is atrocious and poorly done, to the point where it looks like it was made by Vídeo Brinquedo or Xing Xing Digital.
  7. They almost ruined McDonald's Pakistan's reputation due to the infamy of these commercials.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. Some character designs are done right.
    • Crash's design looks similar to his original design, despite his mouth being a bit too big and always open.