Domino's Pizza revives 'the Noid' on cartoon character's 25th birthday
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The mascot was "a cartoon character of indeterminate species, never really talking but always laughing wickedly as he sent thunderstorms to bedevil Domino’s pizza deliverers or bounced around on a pogo stick to try to flatten a cheese pie," the Associated Press reported.
Domino's said in a statement that the promotion, called "Avoid the NOID," would give fans a chance to play an 8-bit-style Facebook game for a chance to win a gift card.
The NOID, it turns out, was created in 1986 — making 2011 its 25th anniversary.
"Or is it his?" Domino's asks, coyly, in its press release.
“Being 25 is pretty cool. I believe I can legally rent a car now,” the NOID "said" in a statement. “While I am old enough that some people consider me ‘vintage’ — I’ve still got skills, and proved it by stealing 10,080 free pizza gift cards from Domino’s.”
It's the latest in a series of nontraditional marketing campaigns for Domino's, which has had huge success with commercials acknowledging that its previous pizza wasn't good enough, prompting a total redesign.
For a history lesson, watch this commercial from 1988 in which the NOID tries to destroy a Domino's pizza with liquid nitrogen.