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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Aug 1 12:39 PM

August 1, 2012 - Olympics' Mascot and Logo

Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, the creations of an agency called Iris for £400,000.

Wenlock is named after Much Wenlock, the Shropshire town that inspired Pierre de Coubertin to launch the modern Olympics. Mandeville is named after the town of Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire where the Paralympics were founded.
In addition to the names having much meaning, every part of the mascots have meaning, as shown below.

A few other variations are floating around, too.

via Pie and Biscuits

Lamplighter  Wednesday Aug 1 12:46 PM

The figure designs are more than cute, quite slick I think.
But cyclops don't quite do it for me... I need two (or more) eyes.

wolf  Wednesday Aug 1 12:48 PM

these things are getting more and more uselessly disturbing, aren't they.

If you have to publish a chart explaining the symbolism, it stops being symbolic.

Sundae  Wednesday Aug 1 01:56 PM

Stoke Mandeville is our local hospital. I was born there, as were my siblings, niece & nephew and great-nephews.
So I'm biased.

Pico and ME  Wednesday Aug 1 02:23 PM

They look like a teletubby on LSD.

Trilby  Wednesday Aug 1 02:38 PM

I liked Russia's mascot, Fatov. He represented the Russian values of sloth and alcoholism...

(really, really need to quit this...)

Wombat  Wednesday Aug 1 07:13 PM

The best thing I can say about the mascots is they are not as bad as the logo (Lisa Simpson performing fellatio).

ZenGum  Thursday Aug 2 07:24 AM

How could a company called Iris fail to put irises in the eyes of those things?

Trilby  Thursday Aug 2 08:53 AM

Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
How could a company called Iris fail to put irises in the eyes of those things?
I'll bet they're being eye-ronic.

Lamplighter  Thursday Aug 2 09:01 AM

I'll bet they're being eye-conic.

Cyber Wolf  Thursday Aug 2 10:26 AM

Is it me or do the mascot designers just strive to be more abstract than the last ones each and every time?

wolf  Thursday Aug 2 12:46 PM

Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
The best thing I can say about the mascots is they are not as bad as the logo (Lisa Simpson performing fellatio).
Oh hell. Now I can't unsee it. Kind of like that vase or faces thing.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 3 12:20 AM

No irises, they're CCTV cameras.

Adak  Friday Aug 3 09:26 AM

Clearly, we need to be compassionate about all this, and not laugh hysterically at these gawd-awful creations, and the insipid inspirations that created them. Least we can do is save our rawer episodes of hilarity, until either the Brits are not around, or are too drunk to care.

"Have another pint, gov'ner" - that is the worst mascot "since Jesus", by a long shot.


glatt  Friday Aug 3 10:03 AM

Has anyone seen these mascots in use? I don't think I've seen them anywhere other than in articles talking about the mascots. Maybe they were in the opening ceremonies for a second or two, but I'm probably misremembering that.

Adak  Sunday Aug 5 05:50 AM

They were in some televised promo's. The Brits have shown real compassion by keeping them "in a free extended stay" in the Tower of London, methinks.

Lamplighter  Monday Aug 6 06:20 PM

I have love/hate relationships with puns

Google's cartoon for today's Olympics...

ZenGum  Monday Aug 6 07:36 PM

That is pretty bad.

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