Noid

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This article is about the advertising character. For the minimal surfaces, see noid (mathematics).
Avoid The Noid
First appearance 1986
Created by Domino's Pizza
Voiced by Pons Maar[citation needed]
Information
Species Unknown
Gender Male

The Noid (voiced by Pons Maar)[citation needed] is an advertising character for Domino's Pizza created in the 1980s. Clad in a red, skin-tight, rabbit-eared body suit with a black N inscribed in a white circle, The Noid was a physical manifestation of all the challenges (becoming annoyed—"a noid") inherent in getting a pizza delivered in 30 minutes or less. Though persistent, his efforts were repeatedly thwarted. The Noid was created in 1986 by Group 243, the advertising agency for Domino's Pizza, and was animated by Will Vinton Studios. The voice-over announcer was Andre Stojka. The creative team of Ernie Perich (creative director), George Greven (art director), Steve Goldberg (writer), Gary Bastien (art director), Tom masters (art director) Dave Larson (producer), Matthew Thornton (producer) and Phil Kneesi (writer) created the character and the television campaigns. The Noid character design was chosen by Christopher Baker and Brian Baker, sons of Scott Baker, Master Franchisor for the European Market at the time, from a collection of prototypes. Commercials that featured the character used the slogan "Avoid the Noid!"

As part of the advertising campaign, a computer game was released in 1989 called Avoid the Noid. The object of the game is to deliver a pizza within a half-hour time limit in an apartment building swarming with Noids (some of which are armed with heat-seeking or pizza-seeking missiles, or water balloons). The common version is version 1.0 and has CGA graphics and PC speaker sound effects, although version 1.1 also exists which added support for EGA graphics and Adlib music. In 1990, Capcom released a different video game, Yo! Noid, for the NES.

The Noid has made a few appearances in modern-day entertainment, including an altercation in the Family Guy episode "Deep Throats," in an episode of 30 Rock,[1] in a segment of Michael Jackson: Moonwalker and in two episodes of The Simpsons, once as a Thanksgiving Day parade balloon in the episode "Homer vs. Dignity," and the other in person in the episode "She of Little Faith".

Domino's brought the Noid back for a limited run of t-shirts in December 2009.[2] Proceeds from the sale of these "Avoid The Noid!" t-shirts went to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A limited run of 1,000 shirts was made.

Return of the Noid[edit]

On May 4, 2011, the Noid was brought back as a promotional figure by Domino's to be used in a campaign on their Facebook page [3] and made a brief appearance as a stuffed toy at the end of a May 2011 commercial promoting a one-topping pizza deal. The 25th birthday of the Noid mascot is celebrated with a video game "The Noid's Super Pizza Shootout" homage to "Avoid the Noid".[4]

Kenneth Lamar Noid[edit]

On January 30, 1989, Kenneth Lamar Noid, a mentally ill customer who thought the ads were a personal attack on him, held two employees of an Atlanta, Georgia, Domino's restaurant hostage for over five hours. After forcing them to make him a pizza and making demands for $100,000, getaway transportation, and a copy of The Widow's Son, Noid surrendered to the police.[5] After the incident ended, Police Chief Reed Miller offered a memorable assessment to reporters: "He's paranoid."[6] Noid was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, extortion, and possession of a firearm during a crime. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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