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(SB Nation)   All Olympic mascots are weird and creepy. All of them. Here are some of the all-time most nonsensical mascots from the Olympics   (sbnation.com) divider line 151
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2012-08-08 02:27:04 PM  
Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.
 
2012-08-08 02:34:38 PM  
They forgot Pedobear
 
2012-08-08 02:39:56 PM  

Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear


nope
cdn.themis-media.com
 
2012-08-08 02:46:02 PM  
Everything about the Olympics mascots and logos just scream "art by committee."
 
2012-08-08 02:53:19 PM  
The Olympics have mascots?

Well, they did have Lisa blowing Bart for the 2012 logo, I guess.
 
2012-08-08 03:00:28 PM  
This one is awesome:

assets.sbnation.com
 
2012-08-08 03:15:41 PM  
I guess in comparison 2012 and 2010 aren't that bad.
 
2012-08-08 03:23:33 PM  
Oh and if it wasn't for China, Pedobear wouldn't keep trying to be a mascot.
 
2012-08-08 04:25:13 PM  
wow, uber fail.
 
2012-08-08 04:43:35 PM  
img0.etsystatic.com

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .
 
2012-08-08 04:44:28 PM  
 
2012-08-08 04:45:04 PM  
I'm pretty sure "Misha", 80 Summer Moscow, was developed after an all night session of watching taped female gymnastics.
 
2012-08-08 04:45:32 PM  

Stratohead: [img0.etsystatic.com image 170x135]

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .


An anthropomorphic hybrid racoon-wasp? You're out of your damn mind. Creepy for sure.
 
2012-08-08 04:46:18 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.


This. The Special Olympics got a phoenix, and we got some rainbow sperm thingy?

WTF?
 
2012-08-08 04:46:58 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


Seriously, I want that hanging up in my house. It's just so blatantly awesome.

/Ceci n'est pas un castor!
 
2012-08-08 04:47:29 PM  
shiatty article. Only Izzy and the Moscow bear were shiatty.

The Disney designed one was just lazy. I took a look at it and thought "looks like he should have been the American Caballero from that Disney movie with an American, Mexican and Brazilian bird instead of Donald".

The rest were pretty cool.
 
2012-08-08 04:47:55 PM  
And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."
 
2012-08-08 04:48:08 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:


I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.
 
2012-08-08 04:49:31 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


Is that a gay beaver?
 
2012-08-08 04:51:02 PM  

Elegy: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.


Your mind went there first, you know.

It was the 70s. There were random rainbows on everything.

Also, I hate you, Milkman Dan GIS:

www.deviantart.com
 
2012-08-08 04:51:46 PM  
Not so bad...
www.88olympic.or.kr

/except there are no longer any tigers
 
2012-08-08 04:52:08 PM  
Best mascot ever was Berlino from the 2009 Track and Field World Championships in Berlin. All the athletes loved him. Here is a clip, it's much too long, but has a few bright moments. Actually skip ahead to the photo montage starting at 5:40 and you'll get the gist: Best of Berlino
 
2012-08-08 04:52:12 PM  

Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."


Say wha...??? Izzy was the much-better version of the mascot? O_o
 
2012-08-08 04:52:31 PM  
These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.
 
2012-08-08 04:52:42 PM  
What, no love for Springy The Springfield Spring?
 
2012-08-08 04:53:03 PM  

Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."


Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit. Also Izzy was the only mascot, all of those mascot pins are Izzy, right? I ask because there are lots of pins from Atlanta featuring a male or a female mascot so I'm wondering... was Izzy the first transgendered olympic mascot?

Anyone have guesses about Rio's mascots? I'm thinking a parrot and a flamingo, both wearing hot pants.
 
2012-08-08 04:54:15 PM  
I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

i47.tinypic.com

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.
 
2012-08-08 04:55:02 PM  

zedster: Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear

nope
[cdn.themis-media.com image 323x350]


i.telegraph.co.uk

Good lord- a Polish newspaper published that in an article, after lifting it from Google Images without getting the joke.
 
2012-08-08 04:55:02 PM  

indylaw: These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.


farking lol
 
2012-08-08 04:56:04 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.


that's the best description i've ever heard.
 
2012-08-08 04:56:30 PM  
Bad article. The author seems to ad-lib off the first things he sees. Doesn't build a cogent case against the mascots. One wonders what mascots he approves of, and why I can't just point to a feature and say "That's a feature a serial killer would have."
 
2012-08-08 04:57:06 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:


That one actually is -- it's like something you'd buy at Ranch 88 market in the "unusual foods" section.
 
2012-08-08 04:57:25 PM  
FTFA: "Sam isn't really "terrifying" in a traditional sense, but boy did the United States go all-in on a mascot for their first go-round of hosting the Summer Games."

1904? 1932?
 
2012-08-08 04:57:36 PM  
A few of them don't seem too bad. Sam seems cute. And I like the current mascots for this one because they aren't staring into my soul like the 2008 ones despite having an eye for a freaking head.

But good LORD some of them are creepy. Izzy looks like a bad guy from Number Munchers. Athena and Phevos looks like flipper babies. Hidy and Howdy looks like they're on ecstasy.

Neve and Gliz looks like something from an Edmund McMillian game. I'd expect creepy dark humor from those two.
 
2012-08-08 04:59:44 PM  

BEER STEAK: Best mascot ever was Berlino from the 2009 Track and Field World Championships in Berlin. All the athletes loved him. Here is a clip, it's much too long, but has a few bright moments. Actually skip ahead to the photo montage starting at 5:40 and you'll get the gist: Best of Berlino


Yeah, so not so much about the design but a decent person inside the mascot costume apparently just having a damn good time and spreading that to the crowd and athletes?

Crazy!

/that was kinda cute
 
2012-08-08 05:00:27 PM  

EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.


Whatizit:

i.telegraph.co.uk

Izzy:

thejetpacker.com
 
2012-08-08 05:00:34 PM  
As a proud native of Atlanta, I wish everyone could forget about Izzy.

This city has produced many awesome things, and Izzy almost negates all of them by itself.
 
2012-08-08 05:01:24 PM  
www.carmajunkies.com

San Francisco 2024
 
2012-08-08 05:02:09 PM  
Why must there be a mascot in the first place? I assume $$ for and by committee.
 
2012-08-08 05:02:28 PM  
Izzy was all over Sega Channel for a month. He even had his own platformer to go along with it.
"Izzy at the Olympics" or something. The goal was to collect rings and medals or something while avoiding nonsensical enemies.
Izzy, you suck. I hated you then and I hate you now.
 
2012-08-08 05:02:36 PM  

Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."


I have never felt so much shame for my country as when they announced Whatizit at the Barcelona closing ceremony.
 
2012-08-08 05:04:32 PM  
 
2012-08-08 05:05:29 PM  

mesmer242: I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x427]

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.


They all had the cute Asian cartoon creature thing going on. And who doesn't love sasquatches?
 
2012-08-08 05:05:32 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.


I remember when it debuted at the end of the 1992 Games, it was exactly as EngineerAU said, Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. But what people don't remember was that Whatizzit was supposed to be all blobby and amorphous, because with the New Technology of Computer-Generated Images it was supposed to "morph" into renderings of all the different sports at the Games. The all-in-one mascot.

Evidently people thought it looked too much like a blue dancing turd, so it went through redesign and emerged as Izzy, with no morphing F/X.
 
2012-08-08 05:05:58 PM  
Came for Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-08-08 05:06:54 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


I think the adjective I'd use is "Super!"
 
2012-08-08 05:07:30 PM  

mesmer242: I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x427]

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.


Vancouver will forever be known as the Olympics with a huge doobie as a torch.
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

RE: Izzy. More info about it than anyone would ever really want to know: http://www.izzypins.com/history.php
 
2012-08-08 05:11:04 PM  

espiaboricua: Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."

Say wha...??? Izzy was the much-better version of the mascot? O_o


Sorry. I was supposed to have written that last part in sarcastic font.
 
2012-08-08 05:11:54 PM  
I thought Sam the eagle was OK. Too nationalist...?
 
2012-08-08 05:13:08 PM  

EngineerAU: RE: Izzy. More info about it than anyone would ever really want to know: http://www.izzypins.com/history.php


[blink blink]

[slaps cheeks]

[shakes head]

[wanders outside to ponder the weirdness of the Internets]
 
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