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   Undertoad  Sunday Jun 18 12:32 PM

6/18/2006: 2008 Olympics mascot spotting



Crappy international sports mascots are an IotD theme. We had previously had the 2006 Olympic mascots to point out how crappy they were, and the 2004 World Cup mascot entry is so old it sort of breaks the blog view and doesn't show who wrote comments.

The above was a news image and the caption suggested that this was "the" 2008 mascot, and I was all prepared to write another totally snarky entry about the crappiness of another international sports mascot.

Researching the matter, though, I learned that the Beijing Olympic mascots are excellent!



I like these a lot - they bring a sense of Chinese style to the notion of the mascot. They're particularly effective when they take up cycling and fencing and diving. Their five colors represent the five rings. The red character is the Olympic flame; the others represent important Chinese animals.

But I guess that only highlights the poor quality of the lifesize version, which is just about as analogous to the drawn mascot as a blow-up sex doll is to a real live woman.

Please no snarkiness about my analogy. You know it's right.

Another problem is their Proclamation of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, which totally limits the use of the cool, beautiful mascots through terrifying intellectual property restrictions. I can only assume that use of the mascots here is considered acceptable because IotD is not a commercial venture. I don't think this is a violation of international copyright law, but if IotD is taken down this week, this will surely be the reason why. You can tell China has embraced parts of Capitalism, because whatever else they think of individual rights, they are willing to enforce intellectual property rights to make quick money.



Pancake Man  Sunday Jun 18 03:21 PM

*announcer voice*
"Welcome everyone, to the 2008 Mega-Anime Olympics!"



Bullitt  Sunday Jun 18 04:17 PM

I still think no mascot could ever be worse than Izzy...


That thing plus the bomb probably made the world think twice about letting us host the summer olypmics again



whitjohn  Sunday Jun 18 07:42 PM

Mascots

Another cool thing about these mascots is that they say Bei Jing Welcomes you.
Beijing Huan Ying (welcome) Ni (you)
The animals are a fish (beibei), swallow (nini) , antelope (yingying) , panda (jingjing) and the olympic flame (huanhuan)



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 18 08:00 PM

Quote:
You can tell China has embraced parts of Capitalism, because whatever else they think of individual rights, they are willing to enforce intellectual property rights to make quick money.
Uh...shouldn't that be violate intellectual property rights to make quick money?

I agree, they're cool. They are not ugly and they have an interesting tale behind each one.


Slight  Sunday Jun 18 08:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt
I still think no mascot could ever be worse than Izzy...
I think sparkle, the starlight starbright mascot, comes freakishly close




Griff  Sunday Jun 18 09:15 PM

lil' Pete is now in possesion of one unauthorized print of Fencing Nini, Shoa Lin Monk home invasion expected.



tippy  Monday Jun 19 11:34 AM

The 2006 world cup mascot isn't great either
http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/e/mascot.html
but apparently "he is alive and he thinks"



Undertoad  Monday Jun 19 12:01 PM

A lion is the world cup mascot?

(England England England)



Griff  Monday Jun 19 12:18 PM

Weird, I thought these were the mascots.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 19 08:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
A lion is the world cup mascot?

(England England England)
Kenya, Kenya, Kenya
but not norway


chrisinhouston  Wednesday Jun 21 07:06 AM

The whole copyright warning thing is pretty amusing, seeing how China is probably more responsible for knockoffs of designer handbags and bootlegged Cds and DVDs!

What it fails to mention is that anyone caught using the mascot images without permission will be sent to a labor camp in Harbin where they will do forced labor and write daily reports admitting their guilt and the absolute power of Chairman Mao and the communist party.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 21 02:35 PM

Forced labor making knockoffs of copyrighted/patented products.



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