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The Olympic Champ (1942)

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Goofy illustrates the various Olympic track-and-field events and the torch traditions.

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Goofy illustrates the various Olympic track-and-field events and the torch traditions.

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9 October 1942 (USA)  »

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"To The Victor Belongs The Spoils"
18 May 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney GOOFY Cartoon

THE OLYMPIC CHAMP was the greatest athlete of the ancient world. And then there's the Goof...

This very humorous little film was one of the best of the Sports Goofy cartoons, what with its above average animation and sly commentary. Tidbits of interesting information may be gleaned concerning the tradition of the Torchbearer and various Olympic track & field sports - running, hurtling, the pole vault, the hammer throw and the decathlon. John McLeish narrates in his best documentarian manner.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work will always pay off.


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