The Olympics in Los Angeles had a guy flying around with a jet pack; in Beijing there was a firework display that was the closest mankind has come to recreating a supernova; but the London 2012 opening ceremony looks like it was designed by Old MacDonald.
A model of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonyA wide range of farm animals will star in part of Danny Boyle's vision for the 'Isles of Wonder' show which will kick off the Games on July 27: with the new Olympic stadium turned into a miniature recreation of Britain, 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheep dogs will be called upon to do their bit in a section entitled 'Green and Pleasant'.
Los Angeles '84 and Beijing '08 did things a little differently...And as if all that weren't wacky enough, the athletes taking part in the ceremony will circle what appears to be a recreation of the M25 rather than walk around the track as normal.
Film director Boyle - who brought us several hits, including Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire - claims the overall show was inspired by a line in Shakespeare's Tempest and "represents a traditional and idyllic view of the countryside".
A close up of what you can expect during 'Green and Pleasant'We can understand how that is reflected in the farmyard animals, national flowers of the home nations and cricket on the village green - though we're not sure how the M25 bit fits in with that. Perhaps Boyle is used to flitting over it in a helicopter while the rest of us sit in long queues caused by crashes involving clumsy sales reps texting at the wheel.
We know that another section of the show is about the NHS and its achievements, but the rest of it remains shrouded in secrecy - though Paul McCartney has revealed that he will be the closing act.
Reaction so far has been mixed, with the Daily Telegraph largely positive about "Boyle's quirky sense of humour" and the Daily Mail relishing the idea that the ceremony "celebrates Britain's victory over the Nazis"; opinion on the web however has likened the whole thing to a scene from spoof rockumentary Spinal Tap, in which dwarves dance around a model Stonehenge.
What do you think? Is Boyle's planned show a brilliantly quirky vision of our unashamedly eccentric nation, or a set of bizarre cliches?
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