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Animalympics is all about the Animal Olympics Contest where all the animals around the world gather to take part in everything from skiing in North America to the very long marathon race in humid conditions. With lively music provided by Graham Gouldman, the film is very different to other cartoons, being more of a drama-comedy than cartoon. With a turtle hosting the proceedings and a killer whale competing against a sting ray in the swimming competition. Written by
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Conceived in 1976 to parody the hype surrounding the Olympic Games. Creator Steven Lisberger made a 7-minute short for the film with a $10,000 dollar grant from the American Film Institute. He decided the idea could be expanded, so he got backing from NBC to produce the film, and, obtaining a 7-figure budget, moved his studio from his Boston loft to California. Lisberger and NBC produced two 30-minute parts: "Animalympics: Winter Games" and "Animalympics: Summer Games." Only "Winter Games" aired in 1979, but "Summer Games" never aired, due to the United States boycotting the Olympics when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The next year, both parts were edited together with new footage. The resulting feature film, known simply as "Animalympics," aired only on HBO, where it enjoyed a cult following for years to follow. See more »
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A pretty good animated spoof on the Olympic games (and attendant TV coverage) with the ingenious twist that all the participants are animals! Luckily, the creators were smart enough to explore this idea from every possible angle, so we also get fantasy sequences (styled like music videos, a pretty new idea in 1979), spoof commercials, glimpses into the backgrounds of the characters...the clever touches just keep on piling up! Also, the score by 10CC's Graham Gouldman is top-notch, very catchy and enjoyable. Catch this one if you can, it's a lot of fun.
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