- Kangaroo emblems and popular culture
Kangaroo emblems and popular culture deals with the uses which have been made of the image of the
kangaroosuch as coins, emblems, logos, mascots and in the naming of sports teams.
Kangaroo emblem and logo
The Kangaroo and
Emuare standard bearers on the Australian Coat of Arms
*Australia's national airliner,
Qantas, uses a bounding kangaroo for its logo. The "Company Logos" section on the Qantas article shows that the Kangaroo has always been part of the Qantas logo
Royal Australian Air Force roundelfeatures a bounding red kangaroo.
Kangaroos and coins
The kangaroo has been featured on pre-decimal coins, and on
*The Kangaroo was featured on the Australian pre-decimal penny coin.
*The Kangaroo was also featured on the Australian pre-decimal half-penny coin.
*Five Kangaroos are featured on the Australian one dollar coin
Kangaroo mascots and sculptures
Kangaroo mascots and sculptures in Australia
Boxing Kangaroo" – mascot for the Australia IIteam in the 1983 America's Cup. This rendition of the kangaroo has become a sporting icon, known informally as the green and gold "Sporting Kangaroo", and is highly popular with cricket crowds and international sporting events which feature Australian participation
mascotat the 1982 Commonwealth Gamesheld in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, was represented by both a [http://www.commonwealthgames.org.au/GamesInfo/PastGames/1982/Mascot.htm cartoon kangaroo] and a 13-metre high (42 feet 8 inches) mechanical kangaroo (which winked at the spectators during the opening and closing ceremonies). The 'medal', which was worn by both the cartoon and mechanical versions of "Matilda", features the [http://www.commonwealthgames.org.au/GamesInfo/PastGames/1982/Logo.htm 1982 Commonwealth Games logo] — a representation of a kangaroo bounding (in "flight") – similar to the of the kangaroo featured on the pre-decimal half-penny coin. [" [http://web.archive.org/web/20070208150816/http://www.commonwealthgames.org.au/GamesInfo/PastGames/1982/Mascot.htm 1982 Commonwealth Games Mascot] ," " Australian Commonwealth Games Association"]
Kangaroo mascots in the United States
*"Kasey Kangaroo" is the mascot for the
University of Missouri–Kansas City
*"Zippy" the kangaroo is the mascot for The University of Akron
* The kangaroo is the mascot for
Austin Collegein Sherman, Texas
*"Lizzie" (a purple and white kangaroo) is the mascot of
Lake Washington High Schoolin Kirkland, Washington
*"Stomper" is the new mascot for the TNA wrestling company.
* The kangaroo is the mascot for
State University of New York at Cantonin Canton (town), New York
Kangaroos are extremely well-represented in
films, television, songs, toys and souvenirs around the world.
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, star of the 1960s Australian children's television series.
*There is a "Sour Kangaroo" in the Dr. Seuss tale "
Horton Hears a Who".
* Roo is a fighting kangaroo in the
Sega Genesisvideo game Streets of Rage 3.
Rooare fictionalmother and son kangaroos in the popular series of children's books and cartoons about Winnie-the-Pooh.
*Ripper Roo, a crazy kangaroo in a straitjacket villain of the video game series Crash Bandicoot.
*Sheila, a female kangaroo of the video game series "Spyro the Dragon".
*Kidding Kangaroo in the "
Sweet Pickles" book series by Ruth Lerner Perle, Jacquelyn Reinachand Richard Hefter.
*Austin of "
The Backyardigans" is a young Kangaroo.
*Roger the boxing kangaroo from the "Tekken" series of video games.
Kangaroo Jack, the title character of an American film of the same name.
*A giant kangaroo is featured in the movie "
Welcome to Woop Woop".
*A team of kangaroo
basketballplayers feature in the French cartoon series "Kangoo" and its spin-off/ prequel" Kangoo Juniors".
Looney Tunes/ Merrie Melodiescartoons, Sylvester the Cat is beaten up by Hippety Hopperthe baby kangaroo, who always accomplishes this feat after escaping from the captivity of humans who have attempted to take him to a zooin assorted American cities and whom Sylvester believes to be an oversized mouse.
*In "", the commentators are holding a kangaroo by the leash when the racers reach
* In Warriors of virtue the five main heros are roos.
* Kangaroos are mentioned, or featured, in the songs "
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" and " Six White Boomers", by Rolf Harris.
Pokemon"Kangaskan" is based on a kangaroo.
* In the anime and manga series
Rebornthe character Ryohei Sasagawahas a kangaroo in one of his ring boxes that enables healing and advances abilities of others.
* One of the several intelligent races in the fantasy novel
Shadowkeepby Alan Dean Fosterare high-bounding, fun-loving marsrupials, known as "roos" and obviously meant to be intelligent kangaroos.
* In British punk style comic strips
Tank Girlthe protagonist`s boyfriend is Booga, the mutant anthro kangaroo. There are some other minor roo characters. In the US movie Tank Girl, slightly based on the strips, protagonist is assisted by Rippers - mutant roo genetically eginered supersoldiers (ang Booga is among them, of course).
Kangaroos and sports teams
The kangaroo features prominently in sport. Australian sports teams with nicknames derived from the kangaroo (and
wallaby) include the following:
Australian national rugby league teamis nicknamed the "Kangaroos".
Australia national rugby union teamis nicknamed the "Wallabies".
Australia national football (soccer) team(men's) is nicknamed the "Socceroos".
Australia national under-23 football teamplays Football at the Summer Olympicsand is nicknamed "Olyroos".
Australia national under-20 football teamis nicknamed the "Young Socceroos"
Australia national under-17 football teamis the "Joeys"
*The Australian Women's field hockey team is nicknamed the "Hockeyroos".
Australian national ice hockey teamis nicknamed the "Mighty Roos".
*The Australian men's national basketball team is nicknamed the "Boomers".
Major domestic teams
North Melbourne Football Clubin the Australian Football Leagueis nicknamed the "Kangaroos".
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