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  • Awesome Music: Many of the songs, all of which come from Klasky-Csupo regulars Bob and Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame:
    • Wake up! Wake up! It's another day! Time to get going, why sleep when we can play?
    • Ronald and the gang's song to welcome the "aliens" in "Visitors from Outer Space" is pretty catchy. "Oh aliens, we welcome thee!"
    • Hey, kids! Did you ever hear the news? Time to put on your adventure shoes! Get ready for some big surprises! Adventures come in lots of sizes!
    • "He makes decisions all day long! Doesn't care if they're right or wrong! Not to worry, he's the judge and jury! A day in the life of, King Murray!"
  • Broken Base:
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    • Are the videos wacky fun, or are they just pointless 40-minute commercials with their own VHS releases and creepy caricatures of the McDonaldland characters?
    • Fans of the series seem split on the meaning of the teaser at the end of the final episode promising further installments. One camp believes that this means the series was Cut Short and more episodes were genuinely planned, but another camp suggests that the teaser was just meant as a false comfort to kids since the show was ending. Note that the teaser at the end of the third episode was also somewhat generic like the final teaser, but it still foreshadowed episodes 4-6 whereas the final teaser did no such thing, being bereft of any details about future installments.
  • Cult Classic: Even if these animated films are tie-ins with one of the world's most infamous fast food franchises, they've still amassed quite a following. It helps that they retain Klasky-Csupo's trademark visual style.
  • Fridge Horror:
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    • While his fate was arguably karmic, it's disturbing to think that Pinchworm quite potentially got eaten by his mechanical dog. Especially since he had been transformed into a toddler.
    • Pinchworm's plot in general was full of this. As noted on the main page, his plan was to turn everyone in the world but himself into babies, which could have quite easily led to humanity's extinction due to the inability of everyone to take care of themselves.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • An example from episodes 4-6. "30 seconds till adventure time".
    • Ronald owns a dog in this show. Several years later, commercials in the 2010s would depict him with one.
    • The show was made by Klasky-Csupo, whose most well-known project was Rugrats. Barney Bunch videos usually put Ronald with a Rugrats character, Angelica's father Drew Pickles.
  • Memetic Mutation: Many a YouTube Poop has lifted footage from these videos, though usually more from the live-action segments.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
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    • There's the "something behind that door" in Franklin's haunted house, of which we only see freakish eyes, hairy, beastly hands, and a slasher smile.
    • The CGI representations of Birdie, Grimace, Tika, and Hamburglar. There's a reason they were dropped after the third video.
    • The first video was the first Klasky-Csupo production to use the infamous Vanity Plate, later known as RoboSplaat.
    • In "Grimace Island", the gang is caught in Hostile Weather during their ocean adventure. The scene is already frightening enough, but when Ronald goes up to the crow's nest for some Weather Manipulation, he gets struck by lightning. Not only does show his bones via X-Ray Sparks, but, in a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" scene, you can see his heart.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A year before his Star-Making Role in Austin Powers, Verne Troyer was the man inside the Sundae puppet in the live-action segments.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Birthday World has its points, but, considering that it was a celebration of Ronald, why didn't the writers explore aspects of his life? We could've seen his childhood, his family (like the uncle mentioned in Scared Silly), and how he had met Sundae and the rest of the gang.
    • The Legend of Grimace Island’s use of pirates could’ve been the perfect opportunity to bring back long-forgotten McDonaldland villain Captain Crook; instead we get One-Eyed Sally. Though it's likely that McDonald's didn't want to risk raising Sid and Marty Krofft's ire again.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • These videos use the trademark Klasky-Csupo art style, so the redesigns of Birdie, Grimace, Ronald, and Hamburglar come off as this to some.
    • In the animated segments, Sundae is kinda adorable. In the live-action segments, however, he's pretty unnerving.

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