Olympics 2012: Start Cringing Now

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Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots, elicited baffled reactions at their unveiling today, when they were photographed standing next to a drainpipe. They are due to become a range of cuddly toys, including versions based on celebrities and sports stars, as well as adorning badges, T-shirts, mugs and more. Among the designs rejected at the start of the pitch process were anthropomorphic pigeons, an animated tea pot and a Big Ben with arms and legs. The finished designs look like the bastard lovechildren of the Teletubbies and Kang from The Simpsons, and perfectly match the Olympics logo in terms of tendentious artery-hardening crapness.
Apparently there’ll be some sporting events too.
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5 comments on “Olympics 2012: Start Cringing Now”

  1. Someone has been reading too many mangas, if you ask me. Both the logo and mascots seem to be promoting the Tokyo Olympics.

  2. Lou Morgan says:

    They’re ghastly. And they have a yellow taxi light on each of their heads–which presumably means you won’t see them for dust when it’s raining…?

    So there’s some hope, at least.

  3. I.A.M. says:

    I thought our mascots for the Winter Olympics were bad. I thought the 2012 Summer Olympics logo was awful. Once again, we see that London is able to not only out-do Vancouver, but it can even surpass its own capabilities as well!

    If I poke them in the eye, will they wander about blindly and fall under a bendy-bus? Please?

  4. Liz H Allen says:

    Wow, those are amazingly awful.

  5. Helen Martin says:

    It’s what you get when a committee creates anything. Personally, I would have preferred Big Ben’s tower with arms & legs or the anthropomorphic pigeons. If they wanted a London taxi motif then copy the taxi baby elephant. (How can you tell I really like those baby elephants?)

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