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Sport Chumpions (1941)

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A series of unrelated sports gags. Archery: The bullseyes make sense when we see where the archer is standing. Billiards: A trick shot: All the balls move together. Ping pong: The ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Jim Bannon ...
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Bikers / Catcher / Football Players / Referee (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
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A series of unrelated sports gags. Archery: The bullseyes make sense when we see where the archer is standing. Billiards: A trick shot: All the balls move together. Ping pong: The spectators eyes follow the ball... Ski jump: A long, long chute and a very short jump. Track: The hurdlers climb the hurdles like ladders. Swimming: The women's champion turns out to be a mermaid. A men's champion demonstrates strokes, ending with the crawl (on the bottom of the pool, on all fours). We see dives, ending with a seedy bar. Crew: We pull back from the first three precision rowers to see a real mess. Bicycle track racing: "Monotonous, isn't it?" Baseball: A talkative catcher gets knocked back by the ball. Football: Avery Memorial Stadium, with every seat on the 50-yard line one row wide and hundreds tall. On field: The QB calls signals and hops around. A ref emerges from under a pileup: "Is it a touchdown? Mmm, could be." The play is diagrammed into a huge tangle. Auto racing: The winner is ... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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As Basil Barracuda demonstrates a few swimming strokes in the Swimming section of the cartoon, the narrator explains what they are. The first stroke demonstrated is, in actuality, the butterfly stroke, rather than the breaststroke the narrator indicates. See more »

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References Porky's Baseball Broadcast (1940) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
Music by Effie I. Canning
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Sports for Dummies... made by Dummies
5 October 2006 | by (Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Sport Chumpions" makes pleasure at spoofing sports and it's a pleasure for the viewer too.

The following sports are presented: archery, billiards, ping-pong, skiing, track & field, swimming, canoeing, bicycle racing, baseball, football and auto racing. I say that they are presented but it would more fair to say that they are ridiculed.

Archery, for example, shows an archer dubbed as the "modern Robin Hood". He shoots four bows in the center of the target. Deception rises when we see that the archer is standing at less than a feet from the target.

Canoeing now. The narrator explains that this sport needs excellent cohesion and coordination. It would be more convincing if it was truly shown...

Football presents a very complicated play and attempts to give explications by using a diagram. In the end, the diagram wasn't necessary: it's still unclear...

Each sport vignette is a masterpiece of parody and the laughs go on and on.

The cartoon is also a masterpiece for its animation. Made in 1941, "Sport Chumpions" presents men and women in a very realistic way and far ahead of its time.

The title musical track of the cartoon is also very memorable, with its insisting and hooking beat.

"Sport Chumpions" is a Merrie Melodies forgotten gem. If you have the occasion of watching it only once, don't miss the opportunity. It's so funny that you'll want to watch it over and over.


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