Presenting....London's 2012 Official Olympic Mascots.
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There's a complicated backstory to the characters which was written by a children's author. It explains why the mascots have one eye (it's a camera lens to see the world) and yellow lights on tops of their heads (an homage to London taxicabs). Officials boasted that focus groups of children helped form the designs of the mascots. Meaning-->The natural defense of the mascots: they're not designed for adults, but for the children who will convince adults to buy them a bunch of merchandise with said mascots. [via]
I'm a little confused and disturbed. This is London's attempt at creativity? Reminds me of that red shisha tower Alice posted the other day. :S
They certainly look like they were designed by a focus group - that is, they look like nothing at all.
British authors and artists have created some of the most iconic children's characters over the last century - Peter Pan, Paddington Bear, Thunderbirds, Clangers, Wallace & Gromit, and so on - and yet, when put under pressure, we come up with this contrived crap which will mean nothing to anyone.
I mean, 'a homage to London taxi cabs' - WTF?! That will mean a lot to the 50 million UK citizens who don't live in London, won't it?