Dec 3, 2021

When That Clock Strikes

Mac Tonight
Artwork by Mr. Melville
Ever since I was seven years old, I was fascinated by the Mac Tonight mascot that McDonald's used in some of their commercials.  Looking back on it, I guess I can see why.  He had a cool, futuristic vibe like Max Headroom, but with less sarcasm and edge.  The character didn't even aggressively pitch the product.  He just floated through the clouds with his piano singing a parody of an old Bobby Darin song, as chill as you could be, and he invited you to have "dinnah" at McDonald's.

This artwork was created by Mr. Melville.  It features Mac Tonight in the center holding a bottle of Pepsi and some french fries.  In front of him is a Toshiba Betamax with a Big Mac sandwich and a VHS tape on top - one that could not possibly have played in the player that it's sitting on.  There are several items on the table in front of the player, including an NES controller, a California Raisin toy standing on top of a 3.5" floppy disk, a cassette tape of Michael Jackson's 1979 album Off The Wall, and the plastic Mac Tonight car toy that used to come in Happy Meals in the late 80's.  To the left and right are vintage computers and keyboards with Gizmo and the crazy Mogwai from Gremlins peeking around the equipment.  Finally, the DeLorean from Back To The Future II is flying over the cityscape in the background, with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man marching around to its right.

Mr. Melville's artwork is available on clothing, posters, and other merchandise from Vapor95.