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Animalympics (1980)

The animal kingdom stages its own olympic games.

Director:

Steven Lisberger

Writers:

Steven Lisberger (character development), Roger Allers (character development) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Gilda Radner ... Barbra Warblers / Brenda Springer / Cora Lee Perrier / Tatyana Tushenko / Dorrie Turnell / The Contessa (voice)
Billy Crystal ... Rugs Turkell / Joey Gongolong / Art Antica (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Keen Hacksaw / Mayor of Animal Olympic Island / Burnt Woody / Mark Spritz (voice)
Michael Fremer Michael Fremer ... Henry Hummel / René Fromage / Kit Mambo / Bolt Jenkins / Kurt Wuffner / Dean Wilson / Mele / Count Maurice Boar-Deaux / Jackie Fuelit / Bear McLane / Gui Lafluke / Bjorn Freeborg / Mamo Ululu (voice)
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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 Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Animalympics - As Feras das Olimpíadas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During his musical sequence, René Fromage tosses a rose behind him, but then steps on it in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Singer: And then you're all alone again, but where are you?
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Alternate Versions

The original version of Animalympics was separated neatly into Summer and Winter Games halves. The version seen on TV and on video is the re-edited version, which most likely was created for its debut on HBO in the 80's. The version currently being shown on the Disney Channel has several edits:
  • A good deal of the "Noah's Ark Disco" sequence was cut (anything with animals smoking, drinking, and carousing)
  • Dean Wilson (the otter) saying of Kit Mambo and Rene, "Hey man, they're goin' all the way!" was cut.
  • Several other minor edits of topical 70's jokes were cut.
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Soundtracks

With You I Can Run Forever
Written, Performed and Produced by Graham Gouldman
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A time capsule worth revisiting
29 November 2005 | by world_of_weirdSee all my reviews

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.


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