Comments on the “Whatever” Dallas Morning News Blog included words like “creepy.” One commenter said it would scare children into eating better.
Bloomberg.com was not any gentler, describing Happy as a box-shaped creature “with Gumby-like arms, eyes that pop out of the top of his head and a gaping mouth filled with large teeth.”
“Happy will be introduced nationwide May 23, and will encourage kids to enjoy fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and wholesome beverages such as water or juice,” a news release said.
McDonald’s is trying to show a commitment to making Happy Meals more nutritious after years of criticism that fast food is not good for children. The new-and-improved Happy Meals include side options such as low-fat yogurt and apple slices.
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