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Frito Bandito - The - Stereotypical Mexican bandit (voice of Mel Blanc) with a large brim hat, pot belly and slurred English accent seen in a number of Frito Lay Corn Chip commercials in the late 1960s.

Frito-Lay Bandito

In 1969, under pressure from the Mexican Anti-Defamation Committee, who claimed the Frito Bandito character's "sneaky thief" image was damaging to the Mexican-American culture, the executives at Frito Lay were forced to revaluate the Frito Bandito campaign. Soon after, all the Bandito commercials were pulled off the air. A Frito Lay survey, however, indicated that nearly ninety percent of the Hispanic viewing public liked the character (8% did not


Aye, yii, yii, yiiii,
I am the Frito Bandito.
I like Frito's Corn Chips,
I love them I do.
I want Frito's Corn Chips,
I'll get them from you.

Aye, yii, yii, yiiii,
Oh, I am the Frito Bandito.
Give me Frito Corn chips
And I'll be your friend.
The Frito Bandito
You must not offend.

The Frito Bandito campaign was created by the Foote, Cone & Belding Agency. The image of the Frito Bandito character was created by Tex Avery, a legend in the animation field. To celebrate the landing on the Moon in 1969, the Frito Bandito visited the Moon and shook down two newly arrived astronauts. The script follows:

Astronaut: [Walking on the the moon ] "Hold it, Colonel. There's something moving out there.
Bandito: [Bandito arrives with his burro] Welcome to the Moon, Señor
Astronaut: Frito Bandito? What are you doing here?
Bandito: Frito Bandito on the moon Oh, I am the Moon parking lot attendant. Now if you would kindly deposit one bag of crunchy Fritos Corn chips for the first hour? [plants a parking meter into the soil]
Announcer: Always buy two and hide one bag for you. Remember anyone can be a Frito Bandito...Anyone! [a line drawing of a mustache appears on a little boy's face]

 -- Frito Bandito TV Commercial

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