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Quatchi Video Roundup #5

Où est Quatchi?

MPR529 filmed this scoreboard guessing game at General Motors Place Canada Hockey Place. I can’t figure out how to embed it, so watch it here.

This appears to be the full Meet the Mascots on Ice program, filmed by IChooseYouZubat. Skip ahead to the four-minute mark to see Quatchi’s big entrance — I love the part where he gets helped into his hockey sweater.

There are a ton of YouTube videos of people goofing around with mascot plushes. Here, Kate Spiller compiles photos of her Quatchi plush at locations and events all around town.

Lastly, as we’ve said before, not everybody loves Quatchi. Fair enough, but must he be beaten with a shovel, run over by a car, and set on fire? From adsump.

In the next installment of Quatchi Video Roundup, I hope to have footage of Quatchi rocking out at tonight’s Devo concert!

Wishful thinking to be sure, but you never know.

— Steve


Seriously, Where’s Quatchi!?!?

Did Quatchi get lost? Or is he hibernating? Or is he just too painfully shy to face the crowds?

The games are already five days old, but so far we’ve seen precious little of him. He was a no-show at the opening ceremonies, and I haven’t witnessed a single frame of him during the copious amounts of NBC coverage we’ve been watching. Yet we’ve seen that horrible “We Are the World” plenty of times (frankly, once was enough), and even a Barenaked Ladies performance at the Olympics got a few minutes of national TV Tuesday night. But no Quatchi.

We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed. In an online Washington Post Q&A, bobsledder Elana Meyers was asked, “Where are the mascots? Have you seen them around at all?” She responded, “Actually I haven’t seen them around yet. Strange.”

However, the tide could be turning. He has appeared on giant video screens at various venues, like the one Feminist Gold Digger spotted at the luge track. (Apparently these are the same animated clips that appear on the iPhone app.)

Then tonight I finally caught my first televised glimpse of Quatchi on a local TV news magazine, and learned he’s performing in the thrice-daily Meet the Mascots on Ice show at the GE Ice Plaza. We’re gonna make a day trip to Vancouver for that one.

Ooh, and this just in! Here’s Quatchi rocketing down the mountain, as spotted by BMcBeain1.

Wherever he’s been, we’re glad to see him getting back in the mix.

— Steve

Quatchi Video Roundup #2

I can’t embed this fan-made cartoon, so click the link.

Below, The mascots ham it up en el programa HOY:

Lastly, it’s not too late to celebrate A Very Quatchi Christmas:

— Steve

Quatchi Video Roundup #1

First up is the supremely killer Meomi cartoon that introduced Quatchi and his pals to the world. Though we’ve linked to it before, this is only quality embeddable version out there…

Next is a fun compilation of the mascots’ live appearances over the last few years…

Finally, a plush, stop-motion Quatchi exacts revenge on Cookie Monster in the Gym Class Heroes’ “Cookie Jar”…

Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

— Steve

Welcome! We Love Quatchi!

Quatchi is one of three mascots promoting the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics, which begin six weeks from today. We love him so much that we created this tribute to him.

Who is Quatchi? Well, according to his official Mascot Profile

Quatchi is a young sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of Canada. Quatchi is shy, but loves to explore new places and meet new friends.

Although Quatchi loves all winter sports, he’s especially fond of hockey. He dreams of becoming a world-famous goalie. Because of his large size, he can be a little clumsy. But no one can question his passion. He knows that if he works hard and always does his best, he might one day achieve his dream. Quatchi is always encouraging his friends to join him on journeys across Canada. He is also often recruiting others to play hockey – or at least to take shots at him!

The sasquatch is a popular figure in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast. The sasquatch reminds us of the mystery and wonder that exist in the natural world, igniting our imagination about the possibility of undiscovered creatures in the great Canadian wilderness.

Home: Canada’s mysterious forests
Hobbies: Hokey, photography, travel
Favourite food: Loves to try all kinds!
Dream: To become a world-famous goalie
Favorite colour: Chill blue

Quatchi, along with co-mascots Miga (a “sea bear,” on the left in the above photo) and Sumi (an “animal spirit,” on the right), made his public debut at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, British Columbia on November 27, 2007. An audience of 800 kids were treated to a fun pageant — first this fantastic introductory cartoon was screened, and then the mascots themselves appeared, dancing around onstage and mugging for the cameras — check the video.

Here’s Quatchi demonstrating his goalkeeping skills!

Also on hand were mascot creators Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy, collectively known as Meomi — watch this brief interview with ’em.

For us, seeing news of the pageant here in Seattle, it was love at first sight. In the two years since, we’ve followed the mascots online as they’ve traveled around Canada to promote the Olympics. And this past September, after discovering here that they would appear at a Langley, B.C. community festival, we met him.

Though we’re indifferent about the Olympics themselves, we can’t get enough of Quatchi. He’s adorable in all forms — comics, toys, and with a person inside. As the Olympics draw near, we’re sure that Quatchi love will spread as the rest of the world discovers him too. Along the way, we aim to document all the photos, videos, and wherever else Quatchi pops up during this exciting time.

Unsurprisingly, the Which Mascot Are You Like? Quiz showed that we’re both most like Quatchi.

However, we are not furries.

— Steve & Eliza