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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.
I first saw ANIMALYMPICS back in the day when HBO was first getting
I would see it pop up here and there on NBC around Olympic time or when
needed to fill in space in a really cruddy hour version.
If you've got HBO FAMILY, try to catch this funny and entertaining movie. It's pretty much of a cult item since the songs were done by 10CC (Gee, aren't WE dating ourselves with even KNOWING about 10CC) but the songs are prett good in the context on the story (especially the song that Kit Mambo and Rene Fromage run to)
The voices are mostly provided by Billy Crystal and Gilda Radner, which adds to the semi-cult status of the full-length version. It's a really good movie..trust me.
ANIMALYMPICS is definitely one of those films that pretty much defines its time and place - it's got a soft-rock score by 10CC's Graham Gouldman, some shiny chrome-effect logos and bumpers (the titles that pop up at the start of each segment), references to late seventies pop culture including disco fever and surf bums, and it's pre-political correctness so there are plenty of stereotypes (if you're offended by the joke early on about all Asian people looking the same, represented by a herd of puffins, you'd better tune out or get a sense of humour) and, believe it or not, a lot of none-too-thinly-veiled sexuality from our anthropomorphic heroes - the animators do have a habit of going slightly over the top with any movement that involves breasts or rear ends! Whilst the animation isn't the best you'll ever see (I wasn't impressed with the high quantity of 'static' shots where there is literally NO animation at all) and there's not enough action or excitement for the little ones, ANIMALYMPICS does have a nice, dry sense of humour, several bright moments and a welcome lack of cynicism. If you want to revisit your youth or want to give your kids something different from the usual CGI mayhem, this may be worth a look.
This film was made to co-incide with the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow.
Sadly, the boycott over the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan damped much
ethusiasm over the games, and this film fell by the wayside.
Now on video, and being marketed for the children's market, this film is a very clever spoof of network coverage of the olympic games, complete with jabs at celebrity worship and product endorsement (In one scene, a pole vaulter makes a record-breaking vault, and lands feet first into a studio set for a breakfast cereal commercial).
This film features the vocal talents of the late Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer (doing an incredible impersonation of Keith Jackson as "Keen Hacksaw"), Billy Crystal (lampooning Howard Cosell) and Michael Fremer. The very 1980's style music is by 10cc member Graham Gouldman.
There is no real "plot" to the film, just a series of linked vignettes about olympic sports (both summer and winter). Very clever.
The kids will love it for the action and animation. The adults will love it for the clever writing. A great film released at a bad time.
I saw this film as a kid and really loved it, mainly because of the
imaginative and funny uses of different animals competing in certain
(i.e. Squid in the Bobsled, Otter for the swimming, Frog for the high
Bull in the boxing etc etc etc) but also because of the terrific
and songs by Graham Gouldman of 10CC.
Watching it again as an adult on video I realised that there is so much
going on in the film - mainly that it was far wittier than i could have
imagined as a child. The animals in many cases are affectionate digs at
sportsmen (i.e. the Hare competing against the Bull smacks of Muhammad Ali
vs Joe Frazier), and the nationalities of the animals reflects brilliantly
on their characters as well (in the marathon, the only frequently repeated
event in the film, the goat is French and the puma is African (they fall
love!) the otter is Californian (of course) and surfs about on his
This is a wonderful film - expertly voiced over by Billy Crystal, Gilda
Radner and Harry Shearer (of Spinal Tap / Simpsons fame) - full of humour
and genuine affection towards sports, animals and animation (which is top
quality throughout it should be noted) and as i mentioned before the songs
are great - perhaps a bit dated now with the late 70s/early 80s
but then a great tune never fails to touch you somehow, no matter how it
This is recommended to fans of animation firstly, also to lovers of track
and field events (they're all there) and to any fans of the previously
mentioned artists (Crystal, Shearer, Gouldman).
Here's awaiting a DVD and full critical appraisal!
A splendid satire on the Olympic industry and TV sports programmes. Plenty of recognisable types amongst the furry cast from the gushing bimbo interviewer to an intense USSR gymnast to a deadpan turtle anchorman. The animation is above average for TV but lacks the richness of Bluth or Disney. However that hardly matters because the real pleasure lies in the smart script, engaging vocal performances and first rate character design. Quite a lot of the more adult humour will sail over the heads of the young but older viewers can watch this movie again and again to pick up on the jokes they missed last time. An extremely underrated cartoon gem.
Animalympics, one of the very few movies directed by Steven Lisberger.
Featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and the late Gilda Radner, adding
their classic touch to several characters in the film.
Story is about animals all over the world gathering for an Olympic event. With striking similarities to events and people from the Olympics in the 70's.
The whole film begins and ends like a televised Olympic event. With several music-video like scenes here and there. The animation is good, done in that classic 70's style American animation. The cartoon animation style is comparable to Ralph Bakshee and Don Bluth movies.
I have just seen this movie, on TV. Saturday, drinking tea, and using the remote control hoping for a miracle in channel 12 of Montevideo, Uruguay. And it appears!!... This is a very nice movie, you can laugh, think, cry and find references to events, characters, behaviors of many people at their time. And seeing on 2005, after how comics and cartoons have evolved it is a pleasure. It was a pity that I could not enjoy Billy Cristal's voice cause it was in Spanish. It contains many jokes, references to particular historical situations. It portraits quite well the life of athletes and how maybe they give all their life such in gymnastics. I really enjoy this " before born" joke about her.
I think the word 'cheesy' can either be an awesome thing or a painfully
awful thing. In this movie, it's awesome! 'Animalympics' screams the
cheesy-ness late '70s, complete with a mostly soft rock soundtrack (which
really love). I saw it quite a bit when it was aired on Disney Channel
and time again during the early-to-mid '90s. I haven't seen it on TV in
quite a while sadly.
This movie really sparked my imagination, nearly as much as 'Yellow Submarine' did. Sure, talking animals weren't new in 1979, but I don't think they've ever had so much personality! All the characters were some of the best developed I'd ever seen in a movie.
'Animalympics' is most entertaining before the very ending (after that, it's a tad saggy as the events get less interesting). I think the summer game events are some of the best in the whole movie, and the boxing scenes with the nod to Muhammad Ali are a laugh riot. The voices are brilliant! Gilda Radner and Billy Crystal were awesome in this movie, and I would have loved to see Gilda do more voice work. She was really cut out for it.
'Animalympics' is delightful to kids and adults alike with very sharp humor and exciting events. This was one of my all time favorites as a youngun, and although it's been a while since I've seen it (it's hard to find on video. I'm wishing and hoping for a DVD release), I remember it very fondly and would give nearly anything to see it again. Even though it's a tad expensive and out of print, I think it'll be worth shelling out a bit more than you'd usually pay for a movie.
"Animalympics" is a great parody of the Olympics. It actually combines two events into one, as both winter and summer sports are presented. The animation is okay, but not the best. However, the clever script and voices by Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer and Michael Fremer more than make up for it. The music, by Graham Gouldman of the group "10cc," is wonderful. (I was fortunate enough to find a copy of it on vinyl and I have been a happy person ever since.) Well worth watching.
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