They resemble something out of Futurama. But at least in an episode of Futurama, or The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, I have the comfort of knowing it’s a cartoon. A comfort, that allows me to sleep at night. But Wenlock and Mandeville? Nope, no such luck. I am creeped the fuck out by them:
Wenlock is named after Much Wenlock, a village in Shropshire which held an event in the 19th century which inspired the modern Games. Mandeville is named after the hospital at which the Paralympic Games were founded. Though both sound like Tolkein characters, the names are quite good and are the only thing that makes the mascots distinctly British.
And now I feel bad about their historical namesakes, but still. Couldn’t they go with something, I don’t know, more cuddly?