McDonald’s Invented This Clever Takeout Bag That’s Also a Tray

A game-changer, probably

Here's a nifty invention for people brave enough to eat McDonald's—the new "BagTray" from DDB Budapest.

It is, as it sounds, a bag that's also a tray. Just tear off a tab at the bottom of the brown paper bag, pull off the top and watch the whole thing turn into a cardboard tray that will reduce the odds of spilling your oversized soda all over the back seat of your car, or your laptop, or the lawn where you're having a picnic (though surely the ants would love that).

Hopefully, you also won't have to worry about the grease from your fries soaking through a flimsier vessel and dumping its golden payload on the floor, ruining your day and staining your property (though odds are there's enough oil packed in there to eat through foamcore).

The product name is more or less perfect, clear and direct but also just the right amount of silly. It helps that the graphics in the demo video are charmingly twee, in a corporate sort of way—even if the willfully quirky ukelele-and-whistling-and-handclaps soundtrack wants so badly for you to be happy that it might make you claw your ears off instead.

Regardless, whether you're a mom feeding her kids while shuttling them around (though she's still pretty blasé about tilting the whole thing) or a cool kid just hanging out with your friends on your skateboard (are teenagers really that polite these days?) or a busy business executive cramming in lunch at your desk (that guy totally looks like he works at the ad agency), it's clear the BagTray is the bag/tray for you.

Whether the tool actually works is probably a different question. And it's also not clear whether you can use one without going to Hungary, which sort of undermines the whole convenience factor.


Client: McDonald's

Agency: DDB Budapest

Chief Creative Officer: Péter Tordai

Head of Art/Art director: Guilherme Somensato

Copywriter: Vera Länger, Giovanni Pintaude

Illustrator: Adrián Bajusz

Product Designer: Márk Dávid, András Bálint

Animation: Réka Horányi, Anita Kolop

Business Director: Judit Majosi

Account/Producer: Rozália Szigeti

Promo film: Somnium Studio

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