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Kellogg’s redesigns Fruit Loops mascot Toucan Sam – and people are NOT happy

Look, we’re all making questionable decisions at the moment (most often in our case involving repeat visits to the fridge) – there’s just a lot going through everybody’s minds right now. At least, that seems to be the only possible explanation for Kellogg’s Froot Loops’ decision to redesign its beloved mascot, Toucan Sam, into something entirely unrecognisable and, quite frankly, terrifying. 

The breakfast cereal brand took to Instagram this week (below) to reveal Toucan Sam’s new look, and the reception was less than warm. The thousands of comments are all along the general lines of, “NOPE,” “NO,” “PLEASE,” and “STOP”. We have a feeling Kellogg’s didn’t read our guide to character design before going into this. 

So what exactly has Kellogg’s done to its poor, innocent Froot Loops mascot? For a start it has removed an entire dimension. Gone is the 3D design, replaced by a rudimentary 2D cartoon. For some reason, he now has an abnormally large eye. There’s also a headache-inducing, psychedelic beak, along with a mouth that simply doesn’t fit. The whole nightmare makes us feel a mixture of scared and trippy (and the huge eye suggests Sam’s feeling it too). 

(Image credit: Froot Loops/Future Owns)

To add insult to injury, we’d say the old Toucan Sam is… fine? He certainly looks more friendly than frightening (which we’d say is important for a children’s breakfast cereal mascot). And perhaps the greatest design crime here is that the new Sam is completely unrecognisable. Old Sam has appeared in countless TV adverts and could easily be spotted on a busy supermarket shelf. 

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