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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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Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Uncredited cast:
Jim Bannon ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Bikers / Catcher / Football Players / Referee (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1941 (USA) See more »

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Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sidewalk Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Frank Weldon
[Plays during the billiards scene.]
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Bland Short
29 March 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sport Champions (1941)

** (out of 4)

If you've seen FONEY FABLES then you'll remember that it was a spoof on famous fairy tales. We'd get the "story" but then a "twist" that makes it different. This film was released before that but deals in the same thing except sports are the subject.

For instance, for archery we see a great sportsman but it turns out he's standing right by the bullseye. You know the annoying baseball catcher who's always screaming and talking? Well, he gets it in this short. SPORT CHAMPIONS is a pretty bland entry because there's just nothing funny here. I'd even argue that the animation itself is rather forgettable and there's just nothing entertaining here. That's not to say this is a horrible short because it isn't. There's just nothing here that's worth watching.


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