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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Many of the characters are caricatures of real personalities, such as: Barbara Warblers - Barbara Walters Dorrie Turnell - Dorothy Hamill Henry Hummel - Henry Kissinger Tatyana Tushenko- Nadia Comaneci Ruggs Turkel - Howard Cosell Joey Gongalong - Muhammed Ali Mayor of Olympic Island - Richard Nixon Ingmar Birdman - Ingmar Bergman Keen Hacksaw - Keith Jackson See more »
During his musical sequence, René Fromage tosses a rose behind him, but then steps on it in the next shot. See more »
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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.
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.
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