Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascots include a Sasquatch

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  1. Qozmiq says:

    Is it just me, or does Sumi’s Hat look slightly Katamari inspired?

  2. Anthony says:

    I assure you that I’m not just saying this to be contrary, but when I saw these critters in my morning paper, I just gritted my teeth at how incredibly lame I thought they looked. No accouting for taste, I guess …

  3. Mitch says:

    These mascots are great. It’s hard to be
    cute without being cloyingly cute.

    It’s hard to believe that some people
    are complaining about them.

  4. Takhys says:

    I think the hat itself is the orca. There’s the dorsal fin, side-fins, and the grid-thing at the front is a mouth.

    If you google ‘orca haida’ you can see just how stylized the animal gets in Native Art.

  5. Kaden says:

    3 mascots, 3 x the merch sales. Anyone who’s followed the ‘nucks countless uniform redesigns will feel a familiar tug on their wallet. In Van, sports is all about the merch. It’s the only way to make a profit when the rest of the endeavour is invariably substandard, I suppose.

    I’m actually surprised there wasn’t a little RAVi character included, as the official rapid transit mascot.

    (Full disclosure: I live in Vancouver, and it is in no way similar to the tourism advertising)

  6. flickersticks says:

    @ BUD ORACLE

    you know, I really can’t decide how the ancient greeks would feel about the olympics today…I think their only contention would be that women are now allowed to compete/attend.

    what happens in delphi should stay in delphi (albeit totally awesome)…man i felt drunk just walking around those volcanic fumes.

    i love the idea of using these mythical creatures!

  7. Halloween Jack says:

    Qozmiq@23: it’s not just you–I had visions of the entire Olympic village getting rolled up…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sumi is a really cute animal. did somebody say that he was a bird? okay, cute bird, then!!!

  9. erindipity says:

    Lover it! Props for the ‘frops.

  10. jim.cowling says:

    The first thing I thought when I saw the mascots was “Wow — those look just like the little vegetable characters in Harvest Mania.” (I’m a compulsive casual game player on pogo.com).

    Sure enough, the same design company worked on both projects. They’ve got some real geek cred.

  11. EricT says:

    Since when does a Thunderbird have a cute little button nose.

  12. Gloria says:

    Earmuffed Sasquatch FTW!

  13. shikatsu says:

    I absolutely love the quatchi’s inuksuk tattoo!

  14. Bonnie says:

    That’s no Sasquatch! That’s a Wookiee! ;-)

  15. figital says:

    This merchandise excites me.

  16. npinguy says:

    Sasquatch is cool but how come nobody is paying attention to the SEA BEAR?

    There’s no such thing -they mixed a whale with a bear! How awesome is that? Stephen Colbert is going to have a field day with that one.

  17. agents4 says:

    Miga’s got one heck of a faux hawk. He’s gonna be so embarrassed in 10 years.

  18. dbsboy says:

    I’m Chinese but I like these three much better than the five from China… Maybe that’s because I understand more about the Chinese culture?

    China should’ve made 12 mascots, one for each zodiac sign. They’d sell a lot more merchandises that way.

  19. Mim says:

    Sumi is also a mythological creature (the all are). He has thunderbird arms and bear legs. Cute button noses are the least of his physiological issues! How are his wings supposed to lift heavy bear legs?

  20. Anonymous says:

    they’re way cute. This link helped me with a report on the olymics!

  21. android says:

    someone please enlighten me. What was left out, as indicated by the apostrophe, in the word ‘frop?

  22. trikitixa says:

    These creatures are based on Vancouver Island first nations epistemology.

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/11/27/bc-mascot.html

    Most likely without consultation of those tribes concerning appropriateness. Cute, though.

  23. mkultra says:

    I actually really like the look/feel of these characters, although I also feel Sumi the thunderbird is a bit of a weak-tea take on that particular myth. No beak?

    I am also the teensiest bit sad that instead of a more home-grown aesthetic, Canada seems to be appropriating a Sanrio-style kawaii-culture, although I suppose there’s some relevance given Vancouver’s strong Pacific-rim demographic.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Android:

    It’s short for “habafropzipulops”.

  25. David Pescovitz says:

    A Sasquatch is not the same as a Yeti.

  26. mick4recycle says:

    Miga reminds me of Clark Gable.. for some reason

  27. pingpongpanda says:

    lol leave it to canada to make a cool mascot…damn you america!

  28. mdhatter says:

    A refreshing choice after London’s razzle-dazzle

  29. Mindpowered says:

    For all those people remarking about how people are complaining about them, a couple points.
    VanOc’s (the organizing committee) mandate was to engage the local population and “bring back the spirit of the olympics” in contrast to Torino (which was a huge marketing exercise).

    These mascots show up the hypocrisy of their goals. Like our asinine and unrepresentative logo, they are designed to sell in their millions to children. They are totally misrepresentative of who we are and what we stand for as place. The entire adult population has been given a big EF U to our taste and intelligence.

    I initially supported the Olympics, but as evermore becomes a gross and crass cash grab I find myself marginalized and hostile to the whole mess.

  30. rollerskater says:

    holy shyte, it’s PEDOBEAR!!! keep your children away!!

  31. Stefan Jones says:

    “Sumi, an animal guardian spirit, has the hat of the orca whale, the wings of the Thunderbird and the legs of the black bear.”

    Orca whales have hats?

  32. Clifton says:

    Android @11: The sacred herb habafropzipulops. You know, ‘frop. It’s a SubGenius thang.

  33. Id0 says:

    As Rollerskater noted, I smell a 4chan meme coming.

  34. Mim says:

    Stefan @18 – If sasquatch can have giant boots, of course orcas can have hats… and it clearly has to be an orca hat, it’s much too big for Sumi.

  35. standard_grey says:

    These creatures are based on Vancouver Island first nations epistemology.

    Most likely without consultation of those tribes concerning appropriateness. Cute, though.
    *
    I initially supported the Olympics, but as evermore becomes a gross and crass cash grab I find myself marginalized and hostile to the whole mess.
    *
    Ok, I know we’re not on Fark, but THIS THIS THIS.

    I think you need to live in Vancouver and make less than $100,000 a year to wonder why people have complaints about anything Olympics-related. Don’t get me started.

    I offer you this though:
    http://onlymagazine.ca/City/the-2010-olympic-mascots-initial-thoughts

  36. yurei says:

    Miga the Sea Bear is as cute as it gets.

  37. standard_grey says:

    Choice quote form above link:

    “Here’s the thing: We’re of the group of people that thinks using native symbols/icons is blatant pandering and unrepresentative of BC. In fact, we find it kind of offensive. Maybe we’re just soft, but the idea of taking someone’s land, destroying their culture and then paying respect to what may remain of it by using it as a promotional tool for a sporting event is ridiculous.”

    Biff bang ka-pow!

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