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luvsasha2
05-20-2010, 03:39 PM
Hmmm...When I first saw them, I thought "wow, that takes ugly to a whole new level", but the more I look at them, the less they scare me. haha

allezfred
05-20-2010, 03:57 PM
Some press: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100520/london-olympics-mascots-100520/20100520?hub=World


OMG, still bitter much?


Canadians upset with the British press's treatment of the Vancouver Olympics are having the last laugh after the newly introduced mascots for the London 2012 Summer Games were met with nearly instant derision.



:rofl: :rofl:

Some of the comments are even more hilarious:


Tammy Jeanveaux
said

The Vancouver 2010 Mascots were soft, loveable, cuddly animal mascots and everyone, especially children, adored them. It was exactly what they wanted. I know this because I saw children, teens and even adults line up forever just to meet the mascots and have their photos taken with them. At a school visit, you would honestly think that they were rock stars. The children were so happy and excited to see them that I heard things like "this is the best day of my life" and "I was so happy I cried" when describing their experience meeting the mascots. Miga, Quatchi and Sumi, also told a story but not one that would scare the bejesus out of people. The London 2012 mascots are dreadful. First their logo, now this??? Who is running the show over there?


I went to DisneyWorld as a child and I met all the characters (aka people dressed up in suits). I had fun, but I did not cry nor think it was the best day of my life. What terribly mundane lives those children that Tammy knows must live. :P

millyskate
05-20-2010, 03:58 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/default.stm Good to see the anime version. It kind of makes more sense....
And interesting perspective here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidbond/2010/05/for_something_which_is_ultimat.html (scroll down to the second half)

Rob
05-20-2010, 04:21 PM
In the little cartoon film about their creation, they can morph into athletes which is cute. The blow up doll version is much more :scream:

Braulio
05-20-2010, 04:25 PM
Like if the logo wasnīt enough

Every olympics I tend to enjoy the atmosphere, the venues and how they look on tv, but I just canīt think about what it will look on the screen with the crappy logo and those things hanging around

alhrayth
05-20-2010, 08:35 PM
Alternatives sent in to the Guardian by readers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2008/nov/07/olympicsandthemedia-marketingandpr?picture=339276178

I like #1 - the lion and unicorn. Cute.

They're much cuter than the actual mascots!!

Rob
05-20-2010, 08:35 PM
More mascot snarking - this one is funny too:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/7742259/Olympic-mascots-Wenlock-and-Mandeville-branded-patronising-rubbish.html

the comments below range from disgusting to :rofl:


I seen them there "mascots", and I reckons them looks like two iced buns what got left over at Woolworths snack bar.

Be they to attract folks out of Lunnon to thee shires? They named them iced bun chaps Mandeville and Wenlock, well blow me down, I used to plough with a team as was named Mandeville and Wenlock, poor old pieces they was, Suffolk Punches but only just; but I can't see as
how them millions of Oh-limpic visitors from all over the worrrld a-flyin into Lunnon is going to say "AHA! That Wenlock and that there Mandeville, they fair makes me want to go up to Shropshire to see a bit o' hedging and ditchin and maybe look in on parson Jones's garden
fete!"

What thinkst of they? I hear as how someone actually spent money to dream up they stale old iced buns. Can't be true, eh?

letittwinkle
05-20-2010, 09:48 PM
Rob, I think the comments are the best part of this whole mess :rofl:

Rob
05-20-2010, 09:58 PM
I know I love this one too from the same Telegraph link:


These mascots are a result of political correctness taken to the extreme. To appease every possible special interest group, race, nationality, and ethnicity, the designers had to create mascots that have no attibutes resembling any specific group. They knew that as soon as these mascots were unveiled every group in the world would be looking for some resemblence to their cause so that they could act outraged and get some free publicity.

Haha, if they'd unveiled a unicorn, I'd loved to have seen all the unicorn special interest groups acting outraged and looking for free publicity.

millyskate
05-20-2010, 10:24 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2008/nov/07/olympicsandthemedia-marketingandpr?picture=339276193 Love the swans.... although I'm not sure they would have made a decent mascot :lol:

Gazpacho
05-21-2010, 12:22 AM
Alternatives sent in to the Guardian by readers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2008/nov/07/olympicsandthemedia-marketingandpr?picture=339276178

I like #1 - the lion and unicorn. Cute.Me too!

Has anyone shown this to their kids for their reactions?

One of the articles made a good point--the target consumer isn't adults but children, so financially they're better off making something kids like and everyone else hates than the other way around.

ETA: On second thought, I think this will be a mascot I remember, just like I remember Izzy. Is it better to be remembered in a bad way or to be totally forgotten?

Also, have the companies who wanted licenses to make stuff with the mascots on it already been contracted? If so, they should get a major refund if for nothing else than the risk.

softlip
05-21-2010, 01:30 AM
:wideeyes: They look like a futuristic incarnation of these guys. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kang-Kodos.jpg)

IceAlisa
05-21-2010, 01:34 AM
:wideeyes: They look like a futuristic incarnation of these guys. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kang-Kodos.jpg)

Except these guys are way cuter.

Lanie
05-21-2010, 02:01 AM
:yikes:

My dad called me to ask me if I'd seen them and he's like, "They look like anthropomorphic vibrators." :rofl:

They just look freakin' creepy though the video was kinda cute.

love skating
05-21-2010, 03:12 AM
I think they sort of look like Wii remotes. Or maybe I've just been playing Wii too much!