Are these new characters zany or creepy?
When Olive Garden wants to appeal to adults, they offer breadstick sandwiches, but when they want to increase their cool factor with kids, they bring in mascots. Introducing the rebranded Olive Garden kids’ mascots: Ollie the Olive, Gina Grape, Bene Breadsticks, Tonya Tomato, and Ricky Ravoli.
Ollie, who is the leader of the bunch, “leads his friends on wacky adventures, keeps things fun by making others laugh (even if it's at him!), and is the first to help a friend in need.”This cast of characters will appear on kids’ menus and coloring pages at Olive Gardens across the country, but some people are finding Ollie and company a little, well, creepy, with their “manic, cross-eyed expressions,” as Brand Eating puts it.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about these colorful new mascots.
Something is very wrong with Olive Garden’s new children’s mascots http://t.co/oilnIAFOqZ
— Herald.ly Newsfeed (@heraldly) July 21, 2015
I would like to remind everyone of that sweet time long ago when Olive Garden had a crew of mascots pic.twitter.com/3qSrjsmfB1
— Nat-uhlee (@freaksundgeeks) June 14, 2015