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Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009, 08:35 pm
Expo Oz

The Queensland Museum has been curating a display on Expo Oz, Expo 88's platypus mascot. As a fursuit that had an important impact on Queensland's identity, I thought I should share it here.


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It was co-designed by a Disney animator and, we're told, bears a striking resemblance to Donald Duck.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
renniefox

Same "Disney animator" design as Sam the Eagle from 84 Olympics... same eyes, same hat even!

http://www.foundationexpo88.org/expoozembassy/
http://www.aldaver.com/Images/Os/ms1984sm.gif

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

So we got fobbed off with a second hand design!

Thu, Mar. 19th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
zelox_quo

Hmm, dunno about that. The eyes are generally similar, or even exactly the same, when designed by Disney. If you look at sam the Eagle, the general body design is the same, but the rest is quite different. Yes the hat, was, in the concept drawings the same, but it was then changed to be an Aussie slouch hat, like the ones the Diggers wore. Thus removing the more 'Americanised' top hat to an entirely Australian one.

It is quite a classic look back to the 88 times. Pretty cool really.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
jbadger

How tall is that suit?
Thanks for the photos

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Um, taller than me including the hat (I'm about 175cm). But it looked me like the wearer would be a little shorter than me. It's hard to tell with all that padding and that hat.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
whitetail

Oh, very nice! And very Australian. ^^

Fri, Mar. 20th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
twigmouse

The guy in that suit must get tired just standing there for so long ;-)