What the cluck? 15 weird mascots dying for a Subservient Chicken-style reboot

Nothing sells like a sequel.

A decade after Burger King choked out Subservient Chicken, the bizarre fast food mascot is poised for a comeback. The wacky dude in a chicken suit, who magically submitted to the Internet’s commands in one of the weirdest and most successful viral-marketing campaigns ever, will return with a clucking vengeance Wednesday with a short film “chronicling the rise and fall of internet celebrities,” according to Advertising Age.

In some ways, it’s perfect timing: Sequels and viral magic have become staples of marketing and pop culture. But can the burger chain recapture the glory of its 2004 campaign, which racked up more than a billion views with its camgirl-inspired creepiness? While we’re waiting to find out, here are 15 bizarre brand mascots that demand a reboot.

  • gregorybflynn

    When I worked at the Writers Guild of America, we put together a parody campaign using a Donald Trump impersonator. We called it Subservient Donald. That site went down long ago…wish I could still access it. It was a failed attempt at an organizing campaign, but it was a lot of fun to do. http://humor.about.com/od/advertisingspoofs/a/subservient_don.htm

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