Olympic Mascots: it could be worse.

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Much, much worse. For your delectation, the Beijing Olympics present a gallery of the horrible ghosts of olympic mascots past.

Personally, I like our new mascots, and hope they will do their part in helping to sell the bugeted $500 million (retail revenue) in merchandise.

Also, can anyone explain the status of not-quite mascot Mukmuk? Apparently he’s a friend of the remaining mascots. I don’t know, is he John Perry Barlow to their Grateful Dead? Or an early rejection, Pete Best to their Beatles?

But a bear that used to be a whale? I like it.

5 Comments so far

  1. artboomer (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    It is not a case of “aesthetics” rather “Canadiana”.
    Yes they sure look cute but their rendered style unfortunately seems confusing to some Canadians. Today the local morning news stations interviewed a number of people on the streets of Vancouver and discovered that the majority thought they looked too Japanese, some were expecting the spirit bear, killer whale – that looked like a killer whale. Others flatly said they do not look Canadian rather Asian…Yikes.
    go to: http://www.aksproductions.com/HTM%20pages/hey_chuckie.htm


  2. Carol Browne (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    I like the Sasquatch the best. Yeti on the loose at the Olympics! How exciting! Honestly, I like them. I like that style of cartoon.


  3. rob (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    I may not have liked them from the beginning, but they’re growing on me. And to those Canadians who thought they looked too asian… this is Vancouver, not some random town in eastern Canada.. We can get away with that, and it works.. right?

    Now hurry up and come out with the plush versions!


  4. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    Rob: plush versions have been available virtually since the announcement. See here on The Bay’s site, for example.


  5. Ron C (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    The mascots are great.

    The Spirit Bear? To non-BCers that’s a white bear = polar bear = the same as Calgary’s 1988 mascots. A white bear would never have even been in the running. If the Spirit Bear had been chosen, everyone in eastern Canada would be critizing us for re-naming a polar bear.

    An orca? Too stereotypical and already overused by, say, the Canucks. Not unique enough.

    As for the Asian look – I agree that that’s pretty characteristic of Vancouver and certainly can’t be confused with the regions of Canada where salted codfish, poutine or mukluks are prevalent.



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