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2012 Summer Olympics: Filled With Tea And Crumpets And Creepy, One-Eyed Aliens

Olympics-mascots The official mascots for the 2012 Olympics have been revealed.  Something about having one giant camera eye.  I...am so afraid.

London Olympics organizers have revealed the mascots for the 2012 Games - Wenlock will be cheerleading for the Olympics and Mandeville will be championing for the Paralympics.  These two were created based on feedback received from parent and children focus groups.  Children's author, Michael Morpurgo, designed the pair and created a backstory that will be turned into an animated series.


Wenlock was named after the village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire, which hosted an early version of the Olympic Games in the 19th Century.  Wennie (can I call him Wennie?) is perfectly littered with nods to the Olympics.  He/she/it is wearing the Olympic rings as bracelets, his "skin" is metallic, which shines silver, gold, or bronze, depending on the light, and he/she/it has no fingers, just a thumb and a big mitt paw.  Wait...what? 


Mandeville, or Mandy (can I call him Mandy?), is named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, Buckinghamshire.  His/her/its head reflects the three crescent shapes found in the Paralympics symbol.  And Mandy has crab claws instead of hands.  Huh?  Kids asked for this?

Both mascots have one, giant, scary eyeball, fully equipped with a video camera because of course it is.  They both, as an ode to the London Taxi, have a yellow light with their initial lodged in their foreheads.

I don't like them looking at me.

Their story will be the basis for an animated series.  The pair begin life as two drops of steel from a factory in Bolton, taken home by a retiring worker who fashions characters out of the metal for his grandchildren.  Their eye will be how they see the world and respond to it.  Which...is sort of like how most eyes work, no?

The pair will also star in a series of animated updates, linked to the official games website, wherein they will learn how to play different sports featured in the Olympics.  That I can see being beneficial to kids and adults (who aren't creeped out by the alien cyclopses) who also want to learn more about events in the games.

Here, watch this:


I don't know if I like them.  I'm leaning towards killing them with molton lava because the only thing that should have crab claw hands should be things made out of delicious crabmeat, and also the giant camera eye will be haunting my dreams, but I haven't fully made up my mind yet. 

What do you think of Wenlock and Mandeville?  Good?  Not good?  And what about their stupid names?  I didn't even mention their stupid names because I was too busy trying to avoid their one-eyed stare.



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Jen O. likes fuzzy mascots with two eyes and fingers.

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OK this is wrong, so wrong, those are creepy metalic 1 eyed phalic men parts. EWW, and is it ok to imagine the fun of your toys constantly video taping you. Spell it out for me Big Brother. and Eww I said man parts and big brother in the same post. GAG, must go scrub with bleach.


I must say I'm a bit disappointed with this. After seeing their video several years ago that they presented to the IOC (find that if you can), I was expecting something more... I don't know what but more!

The mascots for the Olympics lately have been beyond ridiculous, giving real mascots a bad name I think!


One word: WAT.


Oh my goodness. )_)

I'm scared.


Ok, so I like the illustrations far better than the mascot-costume versions I saw this morning.

I also like the names, at least something that ties into actual olympic stuff.

The rings are NOT bracelets, just like any national flag should not be a thong bikini.

The eyeball. Yuck.

I wish that we would just hook kids with the fact that the athletes are super duper fast, strong, smart, dedicated, and willing to practice something they love until they just can't do it anymore.


No. Just No.


I think they are super-cute and I kinda want little plushy ones for my kids. And I like the names. Very Brit. And Historical. I don't know why that had to be capitalized, but it did.



@Denise - I think you might mean this video:

Irma Floresta

Dude, those are penises.

That is all.


I... hmm. I just don't know.


@gemma, actually this video http://www.sha.tc/inspiration/olympic-london-2012-promo-video


@Denise, oooh yes, I was trying to find a link for that one too and failed, well done for digging it up.


Crabmeat is delicious. I think they should drench them in butter... and feed them to me. Mmmm... olympic mascots with butter sauce.


Wait, now that I saw that people are comparing them to penises, I'm not so hungry anymore. Carry on.

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